Reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is like peeling back the wrapper on a chocolate bar and taking a big, satisfying, fantasy filled bite.
Karou doesn't know much about herself. She attends art school in Prague by day and runs errands for a half human/half animal chimaera named Brimstone by night. Karou collects teeth. She doesn't know what Brimstone uses them for and she doesn't know who her family is or why she was raised in Brimstone's workshop.
Karou's character begins as a typical, YA fantasy lead. A bit cheesy, a bit heavy on the teenage sarcasm. However, if you hang in there for a couple chapters, her character gains depth, clarity, and maturity. The plot soon twists away from earth into another world entirely. The chimaera are fighting a brutal war against Seraphim angels. Karou finds herself caught somewhere in the middle beside an angel named Akiva.
This trilogy fulfills all my fantasy needs and desires. Humans, half humans, angels, war, magic, love. I give this book five stars out of five. So enjoyable.