So far this has been my favorite book I've read this year. Laini Taylor reminds quite of bit of Neil Gaiman in her writing style (or at least in this book she did) and I fell in love with the overall product.
Goodreads: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The only thing I knew when I bought this book and read it was that I'd
heard tons of good stuff about it. There really were no preconceptions
going in other than I hoped it would be worth the purchase. This book
was so much more than I was hoping for. It's a fairy tale. It weaves a
tale of cultural difference explosive enough to lead to war and
interlaces it with a droll sense of humor. This book covers the cost of
war on people and their families in a much more palatable sense than The Hunger Games without the added horror script that I couldn't stand.
I really can't say enough how impressed I was by the cultural aspect of this book. There was a part where two characters were talking about creation myths from their two different cultures. That was simply GORGEOUS and such a huge part of the world making IMHO. How many authors will go so far as to create creation myths for their worlds? (Note to self: do that for fantasy story you're working on if it ever gets going.)
absolute favorite part of this book, however, is Zuzana. Because every
young or old person deserves to have a best friend as fervent as
Zuzana. I have so much love for the sheer normalcy and happiness that
Zuzana gave to Karou's life. Karou's family was also a favorite.
Can't wait to get Days of Blood and Starlight to see what happens in the aftermath ;-)