Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou’s entire life is a mystery. Raised by a family of other-worldly creatures, Karou has no idea of her true parentage, and can’t get any answers from her unusual family about their placement in the human world. Though she fills her days attending art school, sketching, and running dangerous, mysterious errands, Karou can’t seem to shake the feeling that she was meant for more than her life’s current path. When Karou meets the gorgeous but deadly Akiva, her suspicions are confirmed. Karou must find a way to make sense of her life, or risk losing everyone she loves.

This book was recommended to me several times, but I always skipped it because I thought it sounded too weird. I was wrong. This was amazing! The creatures in the novel are so creative, and the action kept me turning the pages long after I should have been sleeping. The first half of the novel does seem a little long, but stick with it — the ending is so worth it. If you’re a fan of fantasy at all, give this one a shot. And, even if you don’t like fantasy, this one has enough action and romance to make up for the magic. I’ll definitely be checking out the next two: Days of Blood and Starlight (2), and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (3).

Rating: 4.5/5

*Audie Award for Fantasy, 2012

*Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year, 2012

*The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky, 2012

*Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee, 2014

*Andre Norton Award Nominee for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2011

*YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012

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