First Impression:Daughter of Smoke and Bone has probably been one of the most buzzed about books for 2011. Rave reviews. Gushing readers. The hype around this book is unreal. Usually, I don’t listen to all the hype since I am usually let down. But I figured what the heck with this one, might as well try it and see for myself.While Reading:It takes a lot now-a-days for a book to really impress me. The characters, the plot, the world all just has to line up just right. And with the first half of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor did just that.Karou, our main character, is unique. Blue hair. Language collector. Mysterious. I don’t think I have ever met a character like her. When I first met Karou, I was taken by surprise at the direction Taylor went. But as I got to know Karou, everything fell into place. I just love this character. She is a dead ringer for what I look for in engaging main characters. Not too tough. Not too weak. Still has that gooey center that makes her relatable to.Daughter of Smoke and Bone is literally unlike anything I have ever read. Sure, there are some myth referrances that are familiar. But the way that Taylor presents it is so original and creative. I picked this book up on a whim, and was reading way late into the night.Final Verdict:The best part about Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that you do not discuss Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This is a book full of mysteries. Full of twists and turns. I was never completely sure what I was going to get with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. What I ended up with is book that needs to be savoured. A book that is all about discovery and magic. One that you simply have to discover for yourself!