Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Selection for Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Waiting on Wednesday is that yummy meme that gives us all a chance to learn what other bloggers are waiting for and anticipating in the literary realm. It was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and I'm so glad she did! This week I'm going for something a little more along the lines of the creepy and horrific. Check this out...

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

This novel is one of the "big" books being enthusiastically promoted by Little, Brown. I did a little research into the author's earlier books and they're all fantasy and have a rather evil, demonic undertone. Her sensibility is similar to my own, but I've tried to keep the horror aspects not as dark in my own story, but I've debated it. I really wonder what made the author focus on these factors. I know what inspired me.

I can't wait to read this book and I want to check out her earlier works as well. She received star reviews for her prior books and was a National Book finalist. Readers seem to have a uniformly great impression of her writing. I want to check it out for myself.

What say you, fellow book lover. Does her stuff sound too heavy for you, or can you handle it?

Daughter of  SMOKE & BONE by Laini Taylor will be released September 27, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.



  1. I am SO eagerly anticipating this novel. I've been reading so many gushing reviews so far, not only does her writing sound BEAUTIFUL but the story itself sounds amazing! I really like the cover too.

  2. Oh man, I cannot wait for this to come out. The cover is gorgeous, it sounds amazing, all the reviews are fantastic... Just a little over one more month to wait!

    Great pick! :)
    My Wow

  3. I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone two days and let me tell you that it was such a great read it left me speechless :)

    I’m waiting for a YA novel called Crave by Melissa Darnell today.

  4. I literally JUST finished this book. It is SO good.

    Check out Em's WoW!

    Ps - we have a giveaway of Daughter of Smoke & Bone up on the blog :) you should enter!

  5. A great pick!

    My WoW,

  6. Wow, this sounds good. I do hope you enjoy it too.

  7. I am dying to get my hands on this book! It just sound so perfect! Great pick :)

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  8. Sounds like a wonderfull book.
    I think this one is gonna end up on my wishlisy to.

    Have a great day!
    Kyanara from laced little muffins reading corner

  9. Awesome pick! It sounds great and I love the cover.

  10. I think it's yummy, too! :) And, I'm so glad you participate each week!

  11. I hope you enjoy this one! What an awesome cover!

    Here's MY WOW POST

  12. I have the ARC of this ad can't wait to read it!

    ComaCalm's Corner

  13. I've seen this book pop up a lot and I might have to read it now (especially if it's published by Little, Brown - publishers of Twilight can't go wrong :)).
    I love your blog and how it also focuses on writing! I love writing, too. I'm not an aspiring novelist, but I like your writing tips widget. I'm a new follower! Can't wait to read more about the journey to publication!

  14. I want to read this also--I think I saw the ARC on Netgalley. Good pick!

  15. This book sounds interesting. =] thanks for visiting my blog.

  16. I have seen this book all over the place lately. It definitely sounds like it is going to be a good one.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  17. I'm really looking forward to this one as well! It sounds pretty awesome. Great pick!

  18. Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Even the title sounds interesting :) I'm going to add it to my to-read list!

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  19. Really looking forward to this one - great pick.

  20. Personally, I like the dark and demonic books. They make for an interesting story. I loved a lot of other books along the same lines. I'll have to add this to my wish list to read. Thanks for the heads up! New follower by the way. Have a great day!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  21. I'm looking forward to this as well. Loving the cover.

  22. Holy Smokes...look at all of your commentors...amazing and good for you...I have this book...I think...

    Toodles!!! Right back at

  23. I've heard such good things about this one already, I can't wait for it to be released! The cover is gorgeous.

    Books of Amber

  24. I'm excited for this book as well. I, too, wonder what her motivation was to write about these dark things. I'm always interested in knowing. Anyway, great pick!


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