Daughter of Smoke and Bone captures its readers interest with an orphan girl named Karou, whose cheating ex-boyfriend tries to win her back by posing nude in her life drawing class. As if this wasn't enough of a jolt, Karou's adoptive family is chimaera -- mythical creatures from various animals parts -- making Karou's background even more of a blurr. Is she ... human?
A lot of information was thrown into the book: portals to different worlds, an instalove relationship, a war between angels and demons, dentistry, magical power to fly, past lives... Every time I figured out where the story was going, Laini Taylor would shake her finger at me, and twist the plot the other way around.
Perhaps now that the characters are set, Days of Blood and Starlight (book2), will be easier to follow.