August 26, 2020

Paranormal Book Club: Daughter of Smoke and Bone


Alexa, DJKristin and I unofficially formed the Paranormal Book Club and the goal is to re-read (or in some cases, read for the first time) old YA paranormal books. The plan is to read a book/series per season (which I'm tracking here) and after, we'll answer five questions.

So far we've read The Iron FeyBeautiful Creatures, and Sweet Evil together and today I'll be talking about latest read: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Here are my thoughts (read my original review here):
  1. What were your initial thoughts about the book? Were you excited to read it?
    I had a very strong feeling that Daughter of Smoke and Bone would hold up for me and it absolutely did. From the first page, I was reeled into the setting, the characters (oh Karou and Zu, how I've missed you both!), the star-crossed romance between Karou and Akiva, the intricate details of the plot, and Taylor's beautiful writing. The first book was always my favorite in the series and that stayed true to this day. Which is why, this is the first time I didn't binge the entire series for Paranormal Book Club. I was content to stop here, especially since I clearly remember the heartache to come in the following books. 

  2. What was your favorite quote or passage, and why did it resonate with you?
    "Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic." Given the state of the world and our nation right now, I believe more than ever that hope is a powerful force and it's a theme that's reinforced in this book by many of the characters. They hope for better, for more.  

  3. Which character did you relate to the most, and what was it about them that you connected with?
    I connected with Karou the most! It's hard not to given that the story is told from her perspective and we get so much of her history as well. But I'm drawn to her courage, her love for her family, and the way she cherishes her friendship with Zu. That said, even though I connect with Karou the most, Zu is the one who puts a smile on my face the most. She's just such a great best friend and characters. 

  4. Was there anything you wanted to see more of in the book, like more page time for a secondary character or a plot point you wish was explored more?
    More Zu and Mik is always a good thing. But also, I wouldn't have mind more time between Karou and Akiva together while happy (or happy-ish) since I know they'll be spending a lot of time apart later on. 

  5. What are your final thoughts? Would you read this book again and/or continue with the series? Would you read another book written by the same author?
    I was long overdue for rereading this series so I was very glad that DJ suggested we read this together! It's still a 5-star book to me and I know I'll be continuing to read anything Laini Taylor writes.

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Don't forget to check out what Alexa, and DJ 
had to say about Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

And if you want to learn more about 
Paranormal Book club and our past reads, go here.

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