Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone # 1
Published: Sept. 27, 2011 by Little, Brown & Company
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Summary: Around the world, black handprints 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 grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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?
What a phenomenal way to start the year 2012!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an astounding read that I am so glad I have read this book at the beginning of the year. Everything about the book is marvelous, I just can’t believe that I am little hesitant to read it first. But now there is no more uncertainty, I am definitely in love with this book.
Plot is really good, word building is fantastic. I can definitely picture out Prague completely because of the vivid descriptions. The way Laini Taylor describes it makes me feel that I’ve also been there.
Karou is a very strong, interesting and intriguing character. I love her weirdness and she is very unique and I would say adorable. With Akiva, somehow I do like how he perfectly complements Karou. I admire his imperfections. It doesn’t hurt his personality; in fact it makes him more real.
I need to say that Brimstone touched my heart in a very surprising way. He became the father that Karou needed without the need of telling her so.
The story about angels and demons (or should I say Seraph and Chimaera) is told in a bizarre and strange way. Everything about is very outlandish. And this makes the book more extraordinary. Now I am in a serious need for the next book.
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