Today I start Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. As I’m going in with all sorts of expectations, I’m reading the series along with Elaine, Sana, Lillian, Georgie and Crini. Turns out I’m the only one among us reading DoSaB for the fist time. I’m hoping I’ll come to love it as much as them seeing how they’re all re-reading.
I’m nervous, excited, scared and intrigued. It’s a hyped book, no doubt. It also is one of Elaine’s favourites. In fact, Elaine and Sana have been badgering me since last year to read it. I’ve never felt ready, thinking I had to clear some other books I wanted to read first, lest I lose my will to read. See, I’m afraid the series will be so good, I’ll be hard pressed to pick up other books to read afterwards.
Well, I’ve resigned myself to accepting that I’ll never be ready. That’s not a bad thing. This means that anticipation is welling up within me, as I await a roller coaster of emotions.
Last year I read the first few pages when I was deciding if I wanted to buy the trilogy. The US edition never wowed me but the UK edition is stunning. And when I read the beginning of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was tingling inside because the prose was beautiful. Now I’m finally going let it wash over me.
Alexa S. says
Oh, I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone! It’s so beautifully written, and so different from most of my fantasy reads, and I loved that. I hope you enjoy it!
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Captain Cow says
Happy reading! :D I’ve been thinking about rereading this book a few times now, because I thought the idea was cool but overall I didn’t really enjoy the book while reading it (the protagonists were too one-dimensional IMO), also I had the impression that Laini Taylor’s writing style got lost in the German translation. I’d love to give this book a second chance, albeit in English this time. Who knows, maybe next winter I feel like picking this up again, Hope you continue enjoying it!
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Laini Taylor simply has the best writing, I loved it, and she makes it all simply magical, and if anything, I hope you end up loving her writing!
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Kayla @ The Thousand Lives says
I absolutely love this series, but I will say that the first book is the weakest, but only by a bit! The prose IS stunning, so if you get a bit frustrated with the secrets, just focus on that! I’m so glad you’re giving it a chance :D (Plus – this means you’re one step closer to book two!)
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I really enjoyed this book and it is beautifully written indeed. I did think the second book was less good and still haven’t bought or read the third book. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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I don’t want to add to the hype, but I’m glad you’re finally giving the book a chance! If I hadn’t already done an audio re-read of the trilogy earlier this year, I would definitely want to join you guys. :)
I actually love the U.S. covers. The beautiful blue cover is what drew me to Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the first place – there are only a few paranormal series that I enjoy. The U.K. cover is equally gorgeous, though.
Aaah, now I kind of want to read them, too, but they are at my parents’ about 350km away and I won’t get there anytime soon. It sucks having most of the books not at hand -.- !
So far, I only read the first one and did enjoy it quite a lot although I wasn’t so fond of the second half (or last third).
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Joséphine Simone says
This is where ebooks and audiobooks trump print copies. Haha. But I agree. It sucks being so far away from your own books. Did you read DoSaB in English or German?
So true, but I still don’t have a reader. I’m planning on buying one when The Winds of Winter is released because there’s no way I’ll wait till my MMP edition is published and I also don’t want to read about 1,000 pages on my phone or laptop.
I read it in English. I’ve got the same editions as you do. Apart from the UK hardcovers, they are the most beautiful ones in my opinion.
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