I love it when I read a book and, knowing a sequel is in progress, can't wait for the next one. That's what it was like for me when I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Little, Brown, 2012) by Laini Taylor. And isn't the cover beautiful?
Here's a brief summary of Book 1: Karou is an artist living in Prague, going to art school, has bright blue hair, and draws fantastical creatures that her artist friends don't believe are real. Not even her best friend Zuzana. But Brimstone aka the Wishmonger, Issa, Twiga and Yasri are real. In fact they raised her. Karou tells stories about them with a wry smile and there's no risk of being believed. Of course she wishes she knew who she really was. Then while on one of Brimstone's errands to collect teeth, Karou meets and fights an angel. Everything gets worse from there. (The story is told in Akiva, the angel's viewpoint too.)
I haven't managed to read Book 2: Days of Blood and Starlight yet--it's on my list--but the third book in the trilogy has been announced too! It's called Dreams of Gods and Monsters and comes out next spring.
Book 1 has been optioned for a movie; waiting with bated breath for more information on that.
And it all couldn't have happened to a nicer author. Read more about Laini on her website.