That's what reading The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was like, a relief; I had finally found something I could truly enjoy and immerse myself in without ever once thinking, "Haven't I read this story before?"
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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the story of Karou, a young woman raised by a loving family of monsters in a secret shop that exchanges wishes for teeth. She keeps this hidden from her best friend and her classmates at a school for the arts in Prague. Though Karou's origins are a mystery to even herself, she's never been interested in solving it. She loves her life in the ancient town and treats the errands she must run for her family (fetching teeth from all around the world) with teenage disdain. Karou is forced into uncovering her roots, however, when an angel appears and attacks her in the streets of Marakesh and Prague, threatening the lives of her foster father and the rest of the monsters.
Taylor's novel is a mix of urban fantasy, traditional fantasy, romance, young adult, and mystery but what I enjoyed most about the story was the her portrayal of the real world. The author made the mundane fantastic. Karou's best friend Zusana is a puppeteer that creates wondrous puppets with feats of engineering. Their favorite hangout is the hidden Posion Kitchen, serving goulash amid old statues wearing gas masks. Viewing Prague and Karou's urban life through Taylor's words is what makes the tale so refreshing. I'm so glad this is just the start of Karou's story.
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