Daughter of Smoke and Bone

8490112by Laini Taylor
YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars

This would have been a full 5 stars if the side characters didn’t feel like sit-com versions of people. The sarcastic best friend, the douchebag boyfriend….amusing yes, but also disappointing because the cardboard characters can’t really hold a scene.

But for the most part this was a theatrical, intriguing revamp of Romeo and Juliet and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Presenting Karou as the Mysterious Girl who is a mystery to herself kept me from raising an eyebrow about her flawlessness.

Spoiler!! (Although this book is 4 years old…)

If you don’t like love at first sight type relationships though, this may not be for you. The reasons they are drawn to each other mystify the characters, and is meant to be ignored in the face of bringing an end to the centuries-old war. However, as someone who has explored many a magic-filled world, the magic system in this story is fresh and interesting, and I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.

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Similar reads:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This has a similar feel with quick pacing and a moderate level of romance. See my review here.
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman – This is a bit of a stretch in terms of tone, but it features another mysterious heroine who more gradually forms a romantic relationship.
  • Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – This YA fantasy features a mysterious heroine.
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – This features a mysterious guy, and there’s slightly more romance.
  • If you want to up the romance much more, try anything by Cassandra Clare.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore – Try this if you want more time for adventure and a slow-burn romance. See my review here.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky might be up your alley even though it’s not fantasy, since it also follows a mysterious protagonist. See my review here.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – Obviously if you’d like some good old-fashioned mystery and magic in the same region, you’d find it here.

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