I had been meaning to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone since it came out about 2 years ago and every time I picked it up I ended up putting it back down. I think my biggest problem with it right from the beginning was that I read the synopsis. Big mistake. It didn’t sound interesting to me AT ALL. It sounded boring, confusing, and I was sure that I would hate it. What was up with the blue hair? I assumed she was a fairy or something like that, I just didn’t want to bother with it.
I noticed that a lot of people have LOVED this book, though, so I figured I might as well give it a try just to see if maybe I would like it. I’m actually really surprised by how different it was from what I expected. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a very high fantasy read, which I don’t typically enjoy, but it worked out for me this time. I loved how the author created this amazing world, with all these strange creatures, and how she made them come alive. The world in this book was so well thought out and detailed, I’m sitting here going over everything that I read and I’m shocked by how much I understand the stories of this world and how everything happened. I wouldn’t think I would remember with all those strange names.
While the world building was excellent and I loved that about the book, I found that what I loved the most about this book was that it was a strange, but quite beautiful, love story. I wasn’t expecting romance once I hit about half way through the book, since there didn’t seem to be much going on, but when it did happen, WOW! I loved it. I was so intrigued by Karou and Akiva’s relationship, it was so unorthodox and I was all into it until almost the very end.
That was when I got upset with the book. I had been thinking that there was another woman in Akiva’s life and he could never love Karou the way she loved him,which I would have been fine with. However, that wasn’t actually how it went. I think I would have preferred it like that. Though I really, really loved that we learn about all the things that Karou had been kept from throughout the whole book, I didn’t really like how it was told. It was a huge, massive block of a flashback and I kept wishing for it to end so that I can get back to what was going on with Karou and Akiva. I mean, it wrapped up everything very neatly and it answered all my questions, but it would have been nice if it had been done a little differently or cut shorter.
Then, what really destroyed me and took 1 star from the perfect 5 star rating was the end. OMG. Why did Akiva do that? Now, I’m not going to say what he did, but I’m super mad about it. Well, not really mad at the character, but at the author for including that. I don’t get why when something is going great there just HAS to be a problem. I would have been fine with one book, I don’t need another. Why cause unnecessary problems? I’m sure everyone will disagree with me on this, but whatever. I didn’t like it.
I don’t even feel compelled to read the next one. I don’t care about happens. For me, the story ended right where they were all happy. The end. I don’t need to know all about their problems. No, thank you.