This is probably one of my favorites for 2011. I listened to the audio book which did not disappoint. The writing was so beautiful and lyrical and amazing. The characters where well developed and so relatable - even the whimsical chimera - that I felt like I knew Karou and Akiva. I usually dislike books that end on a cliffhanger (mostly because I am impatient) but this ending was perfect. It was actually the first book in a long, long time that I actually cried over...so, so, so good!!!
Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student with a most unusual family. From his desk in a dusty, otherworldly shop, her mysterious, monstrous father sends her on errands across the globe, collecting teeth for a shadowy purpose. On one such errand, Karou encounters an angel, and soon the mysteries of her life and her family are unraveled--with consequences both beautiful and dreadful. National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor has created a lushly imaginative, fully realized world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s writing is as sumptuous as poetry, and the story overflows with dark and delightful magic, star-crossed love, and difficult choices with heartbreaking repercussions. Readers of all ages will be utterly enchanted. --Juliet Disparte