Sunday, October 23, 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

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?
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.

My Review  
Wow! This book is definitely unique! There are so many unheard-of creatures! And the author creates vivid imagery of the characters and their surroundings! I love the dynamic between Karou & Akiva, and learning what makes them feel so connected was beautiful & very unexpected. It was quite an emotional ride, too, with more than enough action to keep you on your toes. The only thing about it that I didn't absolutely LOVE was the ending... I wasn't sure if I wanted to scream & throw it against the wall, cry my eyes out, or have faith in what was to come. I definitely need the next book now! I must know the rest of this story!!

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