Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Karou is human - as far as she knows - but has been raised by chimera and spends much of her time running errands from Brimstone, who raised her (with some help from Issa and two other chimera). She's learned to deflect questions about her life and family, and is an amazing linguist (Brimstone "gifts" her with a new language every birthday) and artist. The errands she runs are to collect teeth of all varieties from various hunters, but she has no idea what Brimstone does with them after she hands them over, despite asking many questions.
On one errand she meets Akiva, a seraphim who is going around the world marking the doors that lead from our world to Brimstone's. They fight and Karou escapes, barely. While recovering, she sneaks through the "forbidden" inner door into Brimstone's world (she's lived in his workshop and in our world, and been kept from his world) and learns a little more about the chimera - but she's caught and Brimstone casts her out into our world just ask Akiva's mission reaches completion. Now she's truly alone, unable to get back to the creatures that raised her.
The first parts of the book were engaging, but when the Madrigal story started, my interest waned a little. In part that was because it became clear that we were leading up to three of my least favorite words: to be continued.
ARC provided by publisher.