Des[s]erted Reads: Daughter of Smoke and Bone April 27, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized – Tags: , , ,

Do me a favor: Take a look at your bookshelves. I know you’ve got them and I know they’re close by, so give them a good look. What do you notice? For me, my favorite books pop out. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Number the Stars… then some guilt sets in when I begin to notice all the books I own that I haven’t read. There’s various reasons for not having read them, and by “reasons” I mean “excuses” for the most part. I (like most book people, I assume) am notorious for purchasing books even though I know I have a huge stack of unread books on my nightstand at home. Before I know it my nightstand is drowning in unread books and they eventually make their way on to my bookshelves to never see the light of day again. Then the process repeats itself.

Cue: Des[s]erted Reads. Each month I’ll read and highlight an unread book from my bookshelf and, because I’m a sucker for puns and I love to bake, I’ll also pair it with a dessert recipe. Books and dessert. It’s a win-win, right?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

September 2011, Little Brown Books

Time Spent Unread on Bookshelf: 7 years

Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

I picked up an ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone at the TLA conference back in April 2011. I don’t even know why I never read it, but I didn’t. And it’s sat on my shelf, unread, for seven years. People love the series and Laini Taylor is an award winning author, so I knew it was likely a good book/series, I just never picked it up. Of all the unread books on my bookshelf, this is probably (I think) the oldest one, which is why I started with it. It caused me the most guilt to look at, especially since it was an advanced copy and I didn’t even review it before it released. I did cheat a little and I listened to about a third of it on audio on a recent car trip to Dallas. I don’t listen to audiobooks all that often but I thought I’d fill the three hour drive from Austin to Dallas with something other than music. I enjoyed this book a lot! I’m a little sad that it took me seven years to read it, because I know I missed out on a lot, but at least I’ve read it now. I’ve already ordered books two and three, so I’ll finish out the series soon and not have them sit on my bookshelf for seven years.


To pair with this book I decided to make a chocolate croissants because Yasri made them for Karou a handful of times. I won’t pretend mine are as good as Yasri’s, but I think they turned out pretty well and were super easy to make.



1 sheet puff pastry (I used Pillsbury)

Semisweet chocolate chips (or filing of your choice)

Melted Butter




Preheat oven to 350 degrees and use nonstick spray on a cookie sheet or line with parchment.

Unroll pastry dough and cut into triangles (or shape of your choice). Fill with chocolate chips and roll up, being sure to crimp along the edges. Sprinkle with sugar and cook for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter and sprinkle on more sugar. Let cool on the cookie sheet and enjoy! 


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