Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
review by SuddenButInevitable
In fact, there are some other quotes I thought about using:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
We follow the mysterious Karou around Prague as she goes to school and does mundane things like brushing off her ex-boyfriend and trying on the creepifying WWI gas masks at her favorite restaurant (what sane restaurant has gas masks I ask?) and the less mundane things like collecting teeth for her caretaker, Brimstone, who sends her through the shop door portals to different parts of the world. Did I mention that Brimstone and the others in the shop are chimeras? No? Yeah, they totally are. Which is so cool and the author describes nicely. Some of the drawings that Karou does are actually drawings of the chimera which is also a fascinating tool to convey the information. Brimstone is kind of an alchemist, he makes wish… well, for lack of a better word, we’ll call them wish tokens, and certain tokens are for small wishes like understanding/speaking a new language, and others are for bigger wishes like being able to fly. He is a great character. Mysterious and wonderful.
You can tell this is part of a larger series as it takes a while for the action to get going. Our main antagonist(?) isn’t even introduced until like halfway through the book, and of course our antagonist is an angel. (Sadly, not of the trench coat wearing variety…) The angels and chimera are not of this world, the chimeras are using it as a hideout, probably? And definitely a place to harvest these teeth… there’s totally some really messed up things happening with the teeth, but I’ll leave it mysterious for you to find out. It’s a rather big plot point.
There are some absolutely fabulous twists and turns that I seriously want to spoil for you, but I won’t because I really hope you’ll give this book a read. Karou is a strong character. She goes through great lengths to find out the truth of her and the other world. Again, it’s all tied up in twists and turns and not everyone is what they first seem. I can’t wait until I read the next book and find out what happens and *gasp* who’s still dead. Because that cliffhanger? NOT OKAY. (and I’m holding out hope.)
Go forth and read. Escape reality!
Also, don’t forget to check out my last couple reviews!!