Reviewed by: Caressa
A 4.99.../5 wishesGoodreads summery:
"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?"
If I had to describe Daughter of Smoke and Bone (by Laini Taylor) in one word, I'd simply write: WOW. ;)
I have been dying to get this read for the past two-ish months as it surfaced on most of my favorite book blogs. Blue Hair, Demons, Artist? I couldn't resist! When I headed over to the bookstore (for the first time since starting a book blog, I could hardly contain my excitement), I immediately picked up this cover and added it to the books I was already holding.
I have to say, before we get to (spoiler-less) plot thoughts, the cover on this novel is fantastic. When I added this to my shelf of books it kept drawing my eyes to the binding; under the dust-jacket the cover is simple: vibrant, shiny blue lettering makes out the information on the spine. Flipping through the book (I never do, but many enjoy it), the short stand alone quotes dividing the book are beautiful, flawless and irresistible. And the names! I loved every one of the names in this book: Karou, Akiva, Brimstone, and so many others are so original and flawless. I walked around the school flaunting quotes, names, plots, and tidbits to my book nerdy friends all day, unable to resist.
The plot of this novel was original, a perfect, beautiful way to follow a seemingly never-ending strand of Harry Potter reads. Without giving too much away (because you SHOULD walk into this book with no more knowledge than Karou), the ending caught me off guard. Oh! Cliffhanger, galore. But I didn't walk away with an itching in my fingers to get and read the next book as soon as possible, merely a satisfied feeling I didn't want to leave Prague. I loved, loved, LOVED this novel, particularly the beautiful way it's opened and the real way characters related and communicated with each other, and if you have ever enjoyed Young Adult, this is the book for you!