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Rashika, The Book Owl

So my name is Rashika and I am weird. I read a lot (duh) and I watch a lot of TV. I also like to review. Check out my blog (where I co-blog with awesome people).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

I started this book with so much hope. So many people gave it such great reviews that convinced me that this book would be worth my time. It started out great. Everything about it was interesting and compelling. It made you want to get lost in Karou's world. But like so many YA female leads no matter how kickass as soon as the guy steps in they melt into a puddle of goo. In my opinion it was no different for Karou. You could use the excuse that you know her soul recognized Akiva but she didn't even bother questioning it. Which she should have. I think the fact that Karou was Madrigal was kind of obvious so that revelation didn't surprise me.

It wasn't only Karou that disappointed me. Akiva did as well. For starters if he was grieving Madrigal for who he went so far to get revenge (that's one of the other reasons why he disappointed me but back to that later) as soon as Karou came in he was intrigued by her. I guess I shouldn't be annoyed because he would have had to get over her at some point but at that point we all clearly know he was still grieving her, then why is Karou so INTERESTING???

And then the revenge, I suppose after reading the book I was incredibly pissed. I hated Akiva so much but now I don't really know. What he did was unacceptable but I guess I understand to a degree. If he had done nothing then I would have been surprised. So it goes both ways. I think he took his revenge to the extreme but if we look at it from his point of view I guess I get it. But that doesn't excuse it.

Also there wasn't a lot going on in the book. I mean I would have liked a little bit of action but oh well.
All in all it's the same story, good story building but everything else meh.