by Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication: September 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
I was asking myself why I haven’t read this book sooner. The story was amazing. Not what I had expected to read at first, judging from the summary. I was constantly disappointed in most angel & demon books I read, but not in Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
Karou (meaning hope) is one of my favorite heroines. She’s smart, brave, funny and independent. It was very hard not to like her. Karou may look like she’s leading a normal life at first, but wait until you met her adoptive family – Brimstone, Issa, Yasri, Twiga, and Kishmish. Karou had been running errands for Brimstone until one day when she was attacked by an angel, Akiva. Wait. What? Why would an angel wanted to kill her?
I really like with Laini Taylor’s writing. The portraying of places, characters and event was really good and vivid. The story was beautiful. The pace was perfect. I love the mysterious surrounding around Karou and her adoptive family. I love that there wasn’t too much hint of romance at the beginning. The story was focusing more towards Karou’s identity and advancing towards the journey to find out who Karou really are, why was she staying with her adoptive parents and what Brimstone and the other was trying to hide from her.
Like I said, Daughter of Smoke & Bone was definitely not what I had expected. The story was beautiful and unique. It was one of the best fantasies/paranormal I read so far. I totally recommended this one. I'm looking forward to read the next book.