In Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Karou has always been different. Her hair grows blue naturally, she has tattoos on the palms of her hands since she can remember and she was raised in an unusual home. The characters that she sketches in her sketchbooks may or may not be real. Creatures that could only come from imagination are actually her friends. Karou was trained to fight at a young age so that she is prepared for her “errands” that she runs for the creature who raised her, Brimstone. Now there are dark handprints burned into the portals that lead to Brimstone’s workshop and Karou has a feeling that something bad is coming. One night she gets in a fight with an angel named Akiva. Karou is drawn to him but doesn’t know why since he seems to be on a mission to hurt everyone she loves. Akiva is taken back not only by Karou’s uniquness but she awakens something in him that he had thought he lost long ago, Hope. Can Karou and Akiva find out who she is and why they are drawn to each other?
I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It didn’t grip me at first since it starts off a little slow but once the characters are really introduced the story comes alive! Karou is quite the character. She is sassy, independent, funny, strong, the list goes on! I really like how she is exactly what you want a heroine to be. When Akiva shows up she holds her own against him even though he is much stronger than her. The plot is very different from other Angel, Demon novels and I found it quite refreshing. The setting takes place mainly in Prague which is so unknown to me but after reading this I want to go there immediately! Such an enchanting story and characters I would highly recommend it!
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.