Daughter of Smoke & Bone
If you've heard one fairy tale, you've heard them all, right? Sure, they're giving Hansel and Gretel guns now, telling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as though it's Clash of the Titans, and turning Snow White into Scandal over at Once Upon a Time. But, at their core, these are still the same classic stories.
You know what? The fairy tale is so last millennium. We wish something new would come along... And then there's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Wish granted.
This charmed novel introduces us to Karou, a girl with a mysterious past who is trying to find out who she really is. Karou lives in our world, but she was raised by demons. So, through her eyes, ours is a world of magic and danger. The story is essentially a new twist on the queen of all fairy tale plots: lost girl finds herself, and maybe even her Prince Charming.
But Karou isn't your typical damsel in distress. This blue-haired Ms. Awesome can wield knives, shoot guns, and fly. Yes, we said fly. Eat your heart out, Katniss Everdeen.
Published in 2011, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. (Author Laini Taylor is too busy crafting a truly original, and most fantastical, world to come up with a better name for the trilogy.) Already nominated for a National Book Award for her first novel, Lips Touch, Three Times, Taylor received a whole heap of new acclaim for Smoke and Bone.
What kind of acclaim, you ask? Oh, we're so glad to gush about this author. Smoke and Bone was Amazon's top teen book of 2011. And can you blame Hollywood for instantly snatching it up for film adaptation?
There's already a sequel too: Days of Blood and Starlight, which dropped in November 2012. So what are you waiting for? You don't even have to make a wish and hope it comes true. Just fly—or walk, bike, or drive—to your local bookstore and dive right in.
Why Should I Care?
We dole out tough love because we care, so we're going to tell it to you straight: wishes are for chumps. Sure, Karou can wish for small things to come true—new tattoos, pranking an ex-boyfriend, cobalt blue hair—but what does she accomplish that a few hours in a tattoo parlor or salon wouldn't? Not much. Although we want her blue hair so bad.
It's when Karou starts to look inside herself that she finds her true power. When you wish upon a star, nothing really happens. But when you do some serious soul-searching, then you can make something big happen.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone shows you that there is something far more powerful than the ability to make your wishes come true: yourself. Now that's something to believe in.