LAINI TAYLOR reading levels

LAINI TAYLOR is a wonderfully colorful character.  Striking, with her vibrant pink hair, she almost seems like a fairy herself.  

Her Dreamdark series is suitable for middle-graders+.    Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is for young adults as it has sexual content, language, and violence.

You can find Tayor's blog here.


A National Book Award Finalist
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
**Starred Review** ALA Booklist

3 stories in this acclaimed volume.  All about the wonder of kissing that special person.

Word Count: 60,828
Page Count: 288
Accelerated Reading level: 6.4 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 132412
Lexile: 990L
-- sample pages available

(Daughter of Smoke and Bone, book #1)

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** Kirkus

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal
**Starred Review** HornBook

In this volume the reader is introduced to Karou, a 17 year-old art student in exotic Prague.  Karou at once seems like a normal teen, struggling to define herself.  But in so many ways she is exceptional.  For one she was raised by monsters.  And it's for these chimaera that she runs 'errands', collecting teeth which the creatures use in exchange for wishes.  It's on one of these missions that Karou crosses the path of a seraph named Akiva, who finds something familiar in her.

It's angels versus darker creatures in a war that might possibly be stopped.  Brilliant world-building.

Word Count: 99,472
Page Count:  448
Accelerated Reading level: 5.8 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 146487
Lexile: 850L

(Daughter of Smoke and Bone, book #2)
by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Little Brown and Co.
Page Count: 528
AR information not available yet.
--sample pages available

(Dreamdark series, book #1)

**Starred Review** Kirkus

When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer rises to unmake the world, only one determined faerie stands in its way. However, Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While her kind live in seclusion deep in the forests of Dreamdark, she's devoted her life to tracking down and recapturing devils escaped from their ancient bottles, just as her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did 25,000 years ago. With her faithful gang of crows, she travels the world fighting where others would choose to flee. But when a devil escapes from a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King himself- the creator of the world- she may be in over her head. How can a single faerie, even with the help of her friends, hope to defeat the impenetrable darkness of the Blackbringer?

Richly drawn world.

Word Count: 92,634
Page Count:  448
Accelerated Reading level: 5.6 / points: 14.0
AR quiz: 115265

(Dreamdark series, #2)

**Starred Review** Kirkus

Whisper Silksinger is the last of the secret guardians of the Azazel, one of the powerful Djinn who dreamed the world into being. Relentlessly pursued by bloodthirsty devils, she flees to the city of Nazneen to restore the Azazel to his temple. At the same time, Hirik Mothmage is also on a secret quest, to find the Azazel and restore his disgraced clan’s ancient honor.

And behind them all flies Magpie Windwitch, first champion of the new age of faeries, desperate to rescue Whisper and the Azazel alike before they fall in the clutches of a sinister hidden enemy

Word Count: 95,020
Page Count:  464
Accelerated Reading level: 6.0 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 132646
Lexile: 870L