For the twentieth book in the challenge, I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I gave this one three out of five stars, and had a lot of mixed feelings too boot. It was a Vaginal Fantasy book club pick, or I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.
It feels a little Mary-Sue-ish to me. The main character, Karou, is super-special and awesome and everyone loves her except for the jealous people who are jerkfaces and she is sooooo lonely and nobody understands her and suddenly a man falls into her life and he is amazing and perf and omgwhatnowsoawkwardwoeisme except of course he finds her amazing and beautiful and quirky and perfect as well. I just…okay, I forgot it was YA and this is not my genre of choice, for this reason. Probably for a YA book it’s really quite good, and I should not throw shade for it being true to the genre and something someone younger than me would be very interested in.
The world is pretty good. It’s half real world, half magical world, and that’s a particular favorite of mine. The other world is kind of a downer, and the way the magic worked was weird enough that I would not even want to visit (unlike a number of other magic worlds linked to ours), but whatever. To each their own. It works well enough in the story.
The book is very well-liked amongst other folks; I gave it three stars, which is not bad (but will not read again).