Whatever I expected from this book was definitely not what I read from this book. I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone simply because most reviews rave about this book in every way. Now I’m left here wondering why I didn’t feel the same way.
Maybe I didn’t enjoy this book as much because I hadn’t really wanted to read it of my own accord? I only did read it because I wanted to see what the hype was about, and since I have only seen rave reviews of this book I thought it would be one of those books that I would fall in love with and claim I would have regretted not giving this a go.
Well. Honestly? Daughter of Smoke and Bone was not as riveting for me as it seems it was for most reviewers. In fact I finished this book feeling relieved I had finally finished it.
I was very surprised to find out that the plot is more about romance than anything else. I’m not a huge fan when the romance takes the forefront of the plot, I like it when it’s secondary. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely other elements to the plot. In fact the first half of this book didn’t have any romance; that was my favourite part. But when the romance does appear it suddenly felt like this is what the book thrives on. Therefore, I ended up being very disappointed.
The saving grace of this book for me was the beginning and the whole first half. The beginning of Daughter of Smoke and Bone was intriguing, interesting and had me really wanting to find out what Karou was. I liked the mystery more than knowing exactly what was going on. When Akiva was introduced I was even more intrigued. Who was he? What was he? As I read on I grew more and more interested. But then suddenly the story changed; and then it went down hill from there.
The end half of this book bored me to no end. I felt like I was reading a different book. The story it was now telling felt like it was taking too long to tell, this part of the story made the world and the back story make a hell of a lot of more sense, but I also felt like it took too long to get to the point; to get to the reveal which I had already half figured out. I just got incredibly bored. When we finally found out what was really going on, all the mystery and excitement died right there and I just wanted it to end but there was still quite a bit to read.
The ending felt cliché to me and I don’t really have any interest to pick up the next book. I didn’t fall enough in love with Karou or Akiva for me to want to read on.
– I just couldn’t get into the last half of the book, I loved the beginning and was intrigued but what came next disappointed me.
– I wasn’t a fan of the romance and the way it unfolded or the back story behind it. It wasn’t what I expected.
– The premise was interesting, the characters were great, put the plot just fell flat for me. The romance felt too overbearing.
– This just wasn’t the book for me.
Unfortunately Daughter of Smoke and Bone didn’t do it for me. If you’re into YA romance with an urban fantasy twist and paranormal and supernatural, give this a go. You will like it a whole lot more than I did! My not liking of this puts me in the very small percentage.