For today’s review, we have a guest reviewer: Miss Darby our Children’s Librarian! Check out her blog here.
“Karou knows that her life isn’t normal. She can step through doors that take her anywhere in the world, she receives fluency in foreign languages as birthday gifts, and she is paid in wishes for her part-time job collecting mysterious objects for the chimaera who raised her. For the most part, Karou manages to hide her secret life pretty successfully – and aside from her bright blue hair and mysterious lack of family, the friends she’s made at her art school in Prague think she’s just another teenage girl. But when things in Karou’s already unusual life start to get strange, even she isn’t prepared for the truth about her past and the reality of her future.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is categorized as a teen paranormal romance, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s just another YA book taking advantage of the paranormal fad. Laini Taylor has created a truly rich and satisfying world full of magic, mysteries, angels, and demons, and readers will be sucked into Karou’s tale long before the romance angle even enters the picture. Karou is a tough, fend-for-herself main character with a sense of humor and a big heart. With multiple facets to her personality and complicated feelings about the people she loves, she reads like a real person in ways that other female protagonists of the genre often don’t. The first in a planned trilogy (the second, Days of Blood and Starlight, is already available), Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a satisfying read that will leave you wanting more.”