Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

I'm currently stuck in books taking place in high schools, involving teenage crushes and female characters that make my skin itch a little from their whining and lovestruck stupidity.  I need to move to something else, something more complex and exciting.  Something that doesn't involve a character announcing, "But you ARE my life!" at which point I have to beat my head against a wall (or a steering wheel in this particular case).  That's why this week's WOW pick is something a little different, but still a YA title with a supernatural bent:

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Laini Taylor

Little, Brown & Company
Releases on Sept. 27, 2011 
432 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

I like angels.  I particularly enjoy fail-y boyscout angels, wisecracking smartass angels and badass warrior angels.  This sounds like it might involve a warrior angel or two, but what really appeals to me is the protagonist.  She sounds independent, strong and potentially fearless.  I'm done with whiny teenage girls for a little while; now I need women who kick ass and how can you not kick ass when you have naturally blue hair?  

I'm also looking forward to a world where other types of monsters may or may not exist than the usual pack of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, whathaveyou.  This sounds like an exciting and interesting story that I want to dive into right now.

 

Blurb from the awesome Goodreads.com