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?
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316134023
I enjoyed this book tremendously! Sometimes the reviews hype up a book and I get it and it's a let down, but this was NOT like that at all. The dreamy world that Laini Taylor has created is perfect! Karou is such an interesting character. She knows something is missing but she's not sure what. It's sad yet liberating at times for her. I totally enjoyed the story and cannot wait to see what else is next for Karou!
This book has a dreamy quality to it. The whole cast of characters move through like part of some amazing dream! Zuzana is a wonderful friend. I would totally hang out with her. Again, this instant attachment shows me how talented the writer is. I ENJOYED every character right down to the sort of skeevy ex boyfriend!
Now we cannot have a review without mentioning two important male characters..I almost said men but..are Angels men? I dunno, but he has all the right stuff. He's definitely not the typical "I love you because you're so pretty.." kind of guys. He is tortured by his past and he is struggling. I found him so interesting and such a yummy character! I do like the interactions between Karou and Akiva.
And Brimstone...SO wicked cool! I want to know his story too! I am not going to spoil it for anyone that hasn't yet read the book, but he is such a unique character! He's gruff and distant, but at the same time I could tell he was caring and protective. He is one of those conflicted characters that you just want to figure out like a puzzle! Bravo, Ms. Taylor!
Again, so many good things I could be here all day! I will just sum up this review with this statement: READ THE BOOK!
I give it a 5 out of 5.