I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone as part of the read-a-long hosted by Bookish Book Blog and I am so glad that I did!
The premise of this story is really a story within a story. Karou doesn't know where she came from. Her family is not from our world but she doesn’t know anything of the world they come from. Karou was raised in a world of magic and secrets which has forced her to be isolated from the world she lives in with her "different" family. Not only does she have to keep her adoptive family a secret but they have secrets they are unwilling the share with her. When a series of events threatens to separate her from her family and their secretive world forever. Karou will do whatever it takes the get the only family she has ever known back even if it means remaking all their rules.
The world the Laini Taylor creates in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone is just amazing and gorgeously vivid. She literally takes you around the world and beyond. Reading this books makes me want to go be friends with Laini Taylor, if she can come up with this elaborate and imaginative world, I bet she tells awesome stories and would just super entertaining to be around!
The characters are equally as vivid and original! Even though every character has their secrets that only makes them more intriguing. Karou is a beautiful protagonist! She's strong, loyal, and true. She loves her adoptive family and the one friend she's made. Even though she doesn't totally understand her family’s world, she loves and accepts them for how they have taken care of her in their own strange way.