Friday, March 9, 2012

[Review] Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Goodreads 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?
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There are some spoilers, but not major ones.
This book was really amazing. I wasn't ever bored while reading this, and I finished really quickly. The further into the book you get, the more engrossed you will become- Karou's life turns upside down when  the doors to Brimstone (the person who raised her)'s shop are burned down by Akiva and his siblings. While looking for ways  to open the doors again or to get into Brimstone's world , Karou traverses around stealing wishes (which are physical things that you can use) from people who were paid by Brimstone with wishes. All this time, Akiva is following her because she intrigues him. From this comes an unexpected encounter in which Karou nearly kills Akiva (by accident). Of course she takes him back to her apartment to patch him back up (he nearly doesn't fit with his wings, though *facepalm*). And of course, from that, the normal course of action takes over and romance comes into play. Thankfully this romance isn't badly written so it really is quite nice. However, near the end, Akiva reveals a shocking secret that hurts Karou and leaves the book on a cliffhanger. Karou is a really awesome heroine and she's not weak like many heroines are. She's pretty kickass and can stand her own in a fight. Akiva, on the other hand, is a really old, super powerful angel. He also tries to kill Karou multiple times, which is really not cool. I also love Karou's best friend Zuzana. She's a well-formed character and AMAZING. This book is super original (even though there are angels) and I would really recommend you read it. Sadly enough, the next book comes out November T_T This is going to be a long, long wait. 5 out of 5 stars XD

"Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well."

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