Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor
When I was younger, I read a lot of fantasy. Anything with a unicorn or a dragon on the cover was taken home from the library. Sometimes my favourites were borrowed over and over and over again. I loved Piers Anthony and I think I read every book he'd ever written. The Xanth series will always hold a special place in my heart.
But then somewhere along the line, I lost the ability to comprehend fantasy. The character names were confusing (seriously, you need at least ONE vowel in a name), I got lost in the descriptions of different beasts and far-off places. I became one of those people who only read contemporary fiction. Is this just part of growing up?
There's always been a part of me that has yearned for going back to those days of reading about far-off places, dragons, and adventure, but the fantasy genre is a tough one to break back into if you aren't sure where to begin.
Enter Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I didn't know that this book was fantasy when I picked it up, but about 20 pages in I realized that it definitely wasn't just paranormal -- it was a little more fantastical than that. Taylor's writing was so beautiful and poetic that the story just swept me along from chapter to chapter, and I found myself struggling to keep my eyes open at midnight, wanting to read just ONE more chapter before I succumbed to sleep.
I don't want to even talk about the plot at all (which is so touching and perfect and mysterious and perfectly paced) because I want each reader to discover it for herself. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next installment!