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Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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"She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil's lair. She wasn't innocent now..."

Don't get mad at me for giving this book two and a half stars! I really wanted to enjoy this book, you guys have no idea how badly I wanted to. This is my second time reading this and my first rating was 2 stars. I thought, maybe, I rushed into it the first time around so I decided to give it another shot. Still disappointing.

The first 200 pages were great (Karou's best friend annoyed me, though), then it just falls from there: everything was getting too predictable. Let me just throw in this isn't going to be a review where I bash this book, because I loved Laini Taylor's writing and the passages from the story. I just didn't enjoy how I started figuring everything out. I never give books I've read half star, but I can't really decide whether to give this 2 stars, or 3.

I also disliked the story of Madrigal, 60 pages based on that story really wasn't needed, so I skipped that part.

This short review is going to contain mild spoilers.

Meet Karou.

She draws chimaeras in her book. She was raised with them and calls them her family. The people enjoy her stories about these creatures, but they don't believe she's telling the truth; neither about her hair actually being blue. She has weird tattoos on her palms that are eyes called hamsas. She has no idea who she is, where she came from, or who her parents are.

Meet Brimstone, he's a ressurectionist and a teeth collector. He raised Karou and sends her on errands to collect teeth from traders for wishes.

Angels are entering her world from Eretz and making peculiar black hand prints on the portals Karou enters to go to Brimstone's shop. Strange things are going on and Karou starts unravelling her past. She's going to uncover the truth about her hamsas and who she is.

Along the way, she meets Akiva, the angel. They're enemies first, but he starts to fall in love with her. The story begins like this:

"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.... It did not end well."
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