Twilight comparisons can be off-putting, but bear with me: Imagine if Twilight had a quirky protagonist with a strong personality, a love interest with wings rather than fangs, and an author with a decent vocabulary and strong sense of whimsy. That's Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
As I read the first few pages, I was a little annoyed, just like Cara. The main character, Karou, is a 17 year old girl living on her own in Prague. She attends art school and recently broke up with a man in his early twenties. Who is in charge? Where are the adults?! Stories in which teenagers have complete freedom and act like sophisticated adults are a pet peeve, because they're so unrealistic. But keep reading--when you learn more about Karou, this will all make sense.
I kept reading partly because I liked Karou's sense of humor, but mostly because the narrator kept dropping intriguing breadcrumbs of information, leaving unanswered questions. Karou's hair is naturally peacock blue--why?! Karou receives languages for her birthday--how?! Karou's necklace is made of unused wishes, which is demonstrated in a hilarious revenge scene--what?! Karou's father figure runs a mysterious shop where he buys animal and human teeth but never seems to sell anything--why?! As I followed the breadcrumbs, these questions were answered but followed by more. I was hooked.