Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
First Sentence: "Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day."
Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone had my attention from the minute I came across it, the title itself drew me in and then the blurb was something to be extremely curious about.
By far one of the most interesting and unique novels I have read this year. The mythology of the Chimaera and Seraph was highly intriguing and I couldn't get enough of it, I loved Taylor's take on their centuries old war. I also liked the fact that the question of who the bad guys and good guys are is still up in the air.
The world building was well i'm still a little speechless ... it was brilliant. As far as the characters go Karou was the type of female characters I like to read about, the ones that can take care of theirselves and face dangerous situations head on. Akiva was not as fleshed out as Karou and I didn't feel that connection to him. I should have felt something for him after learning his back story and the pain he has endured but I didn't. Also one of the things that really made me take a star away was the insta love. That is one of my biggest pet peeves in books and this one had it.
The pacing was a little off for me. It started off slow but kicked up when Akiva entered the picture. I have to admit I'm not a fan of flashbacks and Daughter of Smoke and Bone has alot. There were times that the flashback had me totally entranced and I was loving every minute of it and then there were a few times when I was getting a little impatient and wanted to know what was going on in the present day.
Then there was the ending. A major cliffhanger that had me in shock and leaving me anticipating for the next book in the series.
Overall this had an original plot with a dark otherworldy setting and a book worth reading.