I think this is the first book since The Hunger Games that has made me completely enthralled and invested in the world and characters of a novel. I brought it with me for my vacation to Florida a couple weeks ago and after reading a couple of chapters I got hooked and just started demolishing it. Then when I had a precious few chapters left to go, I stopped. Of course I wanted resolution and to know what happened, but I just didn't want it to end. I had become quite attached to Karou, Akiva, Brimstone, and even Razgut, as well as the entire Elsewhere world. Then I found out that there’s going to be a sequel, so after being reassured that there would indeed be more to come I went ahead and finished it. And it was, of course, amazeballs. Throughout the entire book I was emotionally invested (I think I teared up at least three times like a big ol’ baby), intellectually stimulated and wanting to learn more (I was googling chimaera and seraphim and finding out all kinds of cool stuff about mythology as I read), and just overall floored by this incredible story. So this book is kind of the whole package and I’m very disappointed in myself for waiting until now to read it – I mean, I got it for Christmas and it’s just been sitting on a shelf this whole time! So if you have been thinking about reading this book or if you have even the slightest inclination to check it out, I highly recommend you do so because it really blew me away. I just googled the book again before writing my review and found out (according to Wikipedia anyway) that this will actually turn out to be a trilogy which will then be made into a movie by Universal Pictures. But don’t let that scare you away, because this is absolutely nothing like Twilight
. Laini Taylor’s writing and imagination is freaking awesome and truly original. So go read it - now! Meanwhile, I will be waiting with bated breath for the next book, Days of Blood and Starlight (eee!).