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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
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Nov 05, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, american, src-fall-2011, favourite-ya
Read on October 30, 2011, read count: 1

Laini Taylor must not have been born in the United States. She seems to be some magical being, able to sprinkle fairy dust over the most hackneyed of plots and bring it to new life.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about Karou, an art student in Prague. Her origins are mysterious and she leads a double life - one, as an ordinary teenager with friends, a favourite hangout restaurant/cafe and an annoying ex; two, as a runner of errands for Brimstone and his chimera - creatures who have brought her up and whom she visits through a portal.

Taylor's evocative descriptions make me want to visit Europe again - and Prague for the first time. Her gentle humour makes Karou's loneliness seem real, somehow. But most of all, she has a genius for introducing twists that make your insides churn for characters you have come to care about.

I genuinely had no idea that this would be the first book in a series, and read the words 'to be continued' at the end with a mixture of frustration and relief.
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