I think I'm in a post-Hunger Games depression, where we have to wait, like, A YEAR AND A HALF for Catching Fire to come out, and it just seems so... far. November 22, 2013? I will be 32 by then! THIRTY.TWO.
Perhaps I've revealed too much...
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I've had an extremely hard time explaining this book to people, and I know I'm not alone. I didn't read it for a few months after it was released, even though I heard ALL KINDS OF GOODNESS about it, like everyone was just flipping their sh!t over it. The strange thing was, I couldn't find a decent plot description anywhere. It was usually something like, there's this girl Karou and she's got blue hair and she runs errands for this chimera and OMG READ THIS BOOK.
So I decided to read it. And now, when I describe it to people, I say almost that exact same thing verbatim.
I say that this had the most surprising plot twist because, really, I didn't see it coming. Honestly, I didn't see the last third of the book coming until it was already happening and I was like... what on Earth am I reading? When you start, the initial story reads like it belongs in a supernatural category. You know there's something not totally normal about what's going on, especially with the chimera involved, but whatever, it's written so exquisitely well that you cannot stop even if you tried.
And then, the craziness starts, and we go from kind of supernatural to FULL ON HIGH FANTASY, which isn't my kind of scene. Yet... you're already in it to win it by then, and also that exquisitely delectable writing that cannot be ignored...
Sooner than you can wish upon a tooth, you are knee-deep in one of the most otherworldly and beautiful stories ever imagined, and nothing but wild horses could drag you away. So, thanks, Laini, for turning me into so much of a raving lunatic that, when I tried to explain this book to The Hubs, he stopped me and (very sweetly) said, "Hon, I love you, but I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about anymore."