"Daughter of Smoke and Bone"
by Laini Taylor
Pub. Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Source: Borrowed From Library
Synopsis: 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?
In case you didn't see all the hearts, I LOVED "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". Laini Taylor is a beautiful storyteller; she was able to combine the beauty of Prague with paranormal romance to create an epic fantasy novel.
The characters are one of a kind. Brimstone is a monster that sells wishes for teeth. Yes, you read it correctly, TEETH! At the same time, he is part of the only family that Karou has ever known. Karou herself is wonderfully mysterious. She has tattoos and "naturally" blue hair, is extremely artistic, runs dangerous errands, was raised by monsters, and has no idea who she is. Karou is a strong female character searching for her identity, but nothing can prepare her for the truth.
The way Laini Taylor described Prague transported me back to this beautiful, historic city. Prague is a fantastic city and is the perfect setting for this book. It is so romantic with great old-world charm that I could totally picture there being secret doors that lead beyond our world.
On top of characters, plot, and beautiful storytelling, there is this huge war that has taken over two civilizations for hundreds of years and Karou is getting sucked in. I know this probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but you will just have to read the book to find out how all these pieces fit together.
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is filled with so many mysteries that it hooks you from the first page until the last. And let me just say that the last page will blow your mind hole! How can Karou be family with monsters? Why does Brimstone collect Teeth? Who is Karou? Honestly, just go buy "The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is awesome and one of the best books that was released in 2011.