First Impression Friday

First Impression Friday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin, where you give a few impressions of a book you have recently started, and predict what you will think at the end. It’s cool because you get to look back after finishing the book to see what you were thinking at the beginning!

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, and I finally got it and started reading! I actually decided to read it this month because of a readalong being hosted on YouTube by a few youtubers. I don’t watch a lot of booktube videos and in general am not very active on YouTube, but I saw the announcement and thought “why not?”

The discussion for this book is supposed to be held the second weekend of April, and though the exact time has not been set yet, you can find the announcement here.

“Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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 think that what I am enjoying most about this book so far is the atmosphere. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like I’m observing the characters in the book through a fog or a veil—I can see what is going on, but everything is slightly blurred and I have to squint to make out the finer details that still aren’t perfectly clear.

I’m not very far through the book, obviously, but I already have a lot of theories on what is going on and can’t wait to see more of this demon world, the value of a wish… and the teeth. The pacing of the book I’m already finding a bit odd, but I guess I’ll see as I read more if it turns out to be a good thing or bad.

The main character Karou is pretty intriguing to me so far, I can really sense her loneliness and emptiness, and I’m eager to find out what is behind that. So for this book, I think I’m going to predict four stars!

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