Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I finally got around to starting this series. I don’t know why I waited so long.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the story of Karou, a blue haired seventeen-year-old girl attending art school in Prague. On her off time she spends her time running errands for a “monster” in a secret shop. Karou has only ever known the shop and the only family she has are the four “monsters”, or chimeara, that live there. One day, while out on one such errand she is attacked by an angel who mysteriously leaves her alive after realizing she isn’t what she seems. When the doorways to the shop are burned, Karou is left alone, still not knowing who, or more importantly, what she is. Does the mysterious and beautiful angel hold the answers she seeks? Can she even trust the man that tried to kill her and may have harmed her family? One thing is for sure, she is drawn to him in a way she can’t explain, as if she already knows him, even though they just met. She has no choice but to trust him, even if she is making the biggest mistake of her life.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series. I’ve heard how beautifully written it is, and those reports were true. Taylor’s writing is indeed beautiful and lyrical. There were so many great quotes on love and other feelings. I also loved the atypical mystery. Instead of a murder, the mystery was around Karou and who and what she really is, and what exactly is going on between the Chimeara and Seraphim. Then there is the mystery of what the teeth Brimstone has Karou acquire are for.

I also loved the characters. They were all believable and uniquely different, from the petite firecracker that is Zuzana, to the devastatingly sad Akiva, to the strong and emotionless Liraz. The world building was good too, although we get more of it in the second book than we do here. Taylor created two unique societies and characters on both sides that are fully formed.

The ending left me wanting more. Luckily there are two more books in the series. I just couldn’t put this one down, and I’m having trouble putting the second one down, but I only ever seem to get time to read at lunch these days so I’m forced to. I have to give this one Four Lightsabers.

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