I started reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor, because I was going to Prague and wanted to read books set in the city during my trip. When I wrote about my vacation, a few bloggers suggested the book. Everything else set in Prague (mostly Kafka and Milan Kundera) sounded to heavy for vacation reading but a fantasy YA book seemed like a perfect fit.
Despite my initial enthusiasm, the first sentences of the book made me nervous. “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” I thought the overused opening spelled a cliched Romeo and Juliet, good versus evil love story. But as I continued reading I learned that not only should you not judge a book by its cover, but also that you shouldn’t judge one by its first sentence. Daughter of Smoke & Bone turned out to be a complex, unpredictable, and enjoyable read. Continue reading “Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor: More than just Angels and Demons”