Format: Audio-Book – Library (I also own the paper book)
Buy it Here: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Do you love this book? I do. This is my third time experiencing it but my first time listening to the audio-book and I love it more than ever, if that’s even possible. When I recommend this book (which is all the time) I say it’s Angels and Demons like you’ve never experienced before. Taylor builds such a gorgeous, nuanced, fascinating world(s) for her characters, it’s easy to get lost in the streets of Prague or Marrakesh, or Elsewhere.
I have a lot of trouble picking a favorite book, mostly because I’m some kind of book-monster. Surprisingly, I have an easy time identifying my favorite series. I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The Hunger Games got me through the end of my Master’s degree. The last book in the His Dark Materials series, The Amber Spyglass, is so beautiful I often cry through the last few chapters, and I still can’t decide what my Daemon would settle as.
This series is right up there. Series number 4 on the list. Considering HP, The Golden Compass, and Hunger Games are the three that beat it? Yeah, this is some good stuff. The depth and complexity and creativity and moral ambiguity of these books makes them something to read and ponder over and over again. It also will make you wish you had some Scuppies of your own to make tiny wishes. You’ll wish for azure blue hair and languages and travel to faraway places. You’ll wish for wishes and hope.
We follow Karou, a young lady who has, among other things, wished her hair bright blue, grown up in a teeth-monger/sorcerer’s workshop, and feels something is deeply missing. While she knows that her family (to call them a Snake-woman, an enormous goat-man, a parrot-woman, and a giraffe-man is to grossly oversimplify) is not normal, she knows that she, with all of her human parts, isn’t either. She just isn’t sure how.
Enter Akiva. A real live Angel. He’s as beautiful and firey as any classical painting could have imagined. Just– lots crankier. See, the armies of heaven are literal. Anyone who’s been in the service will tell you it is not all harps and singing (even if you’re in the band, which Akiva is not). Akiva is a who’s known almost nothing but war with demons– that is– Chimera. That is, Karou’s family.
Sparks fly (literally) when the two meet in Marrakesh.
It’s a story about war and hope and loyalty and faith. That’s all I’m going to tell you. I’ll leave you with this quote:
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Subjective Hearts: 5/5
Objective Hearts: 5/5
(Yeah, you really do need to Buy It)
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