Yes, it is that time of the week. The day we dread and wish would never come- Mondays. *Wipes tear* But have no fear, Memory Lane Monday is here! Every Monday, here at TheYABookworm, I'll do a special post called Memory Lane Monday. What's that you ask? Memory Lane Monday is a once-a-week post where I (or any other bloggers that wish to participate) choose one book that I've previously read to be featured on that day. From the book chosen, I will pick two of my favourite quotes and write a little blurb containing my quick thoughts on the book. The books that I choose will not be books I've reviewed- since I've read so many books, I want to share with you my opinions on ones that I won't get the chance to fully review (because seriously, rereading dozens of books would take a year...or two)! Be sure to participate by leaving your "Memory Lane Monday" in the comments, or a link to your blog post with the hash-tag #YAMemoryLaneMonday on twitter :D
This Week's Memory Lane Monday...
Daughter of Smoke & Bone By: Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Top Two Favourite Quotes...
#1 “It's not like there's a law against flying.""Yes there is. The law of gravity.”
#2 “I don't know many rules to live by,' he'd said. 'But here's one. It's simple. Don't put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles--drug or tattoo--and...no inessential penises either.'Although I finished the Daughter of Smoke & Bone only a few days ago, I thought that because it was released over a year ago, it was suited for today's Memory Lane Monday. I had heard a lot about this book in the past, but for some reason never ended up buying it! Now that I've read it, I understand all the praise it's gotten! The Daughter of Smoke & Bone is unlike anything I've ever read before!
'Inessential penises?' Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. 'Is there any such thing as an essential one?'
'When an essential one comes along, you'll know,' he'd replied.”
When I first read the synopsis of The Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I thought the book was going to revolve around some sort of forbidden love story. Although there is a dominant love interest, the book is so much more than that. There's large focus on hope, longing, and loyalty that is evidently portrayed through the kick-ass, independent heroine, Karou.
In addition to being completely blown away by how different the plot was, I couldn't help noticing how unique of a feeling and vibe I had while reading. I just loved how much the past became part of the storyline! Despite Daughter of Smoke & Bone only being a 418 page novel, the emphasis on some of the protagnonists' history allows you to feel more deeply invested in not only the story, but its characters as well.
I'll finish off by saying that you'll be immediately intrigued by the way Laini Taylor really builds up this world, and manages to turn it into a captivating stage in which she beautifully weaves her characters into! I'm looking forward to reading the next one! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,