Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 27th 2011
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Quick Review: Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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?
Detailed Review: When I first saw this cover sitting on the shelf, I was completely in love with it and bought it. From the first page I was completely excited. It opens up to a character called Karou, a girl who has blue hair and loads of secrets inside of her. Literally! Well it opens up to her ex-boyfriend, Kazimir as he pretends to be a vampire! I laughed when I read this part because it was completely hilarious later on when Karou finally finds out what Kazimir means what he says... I felt like this book was impressive as I continued reading. I couldn't put it down for only about a few minutes, reading out Karou's life with her guardian, Brimstone. This surprised me as the characters start to become unusual but it was amazing. It surprised me from the first page...
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well."
As I continued through the story I felt even more excited as I read through Akiva's life. His fingers sculpted by the many killings of a chimaera and his love for chimaera, Madrigal. His wings and the first meeting with Karou and her painted eyes on the palms of her hand.
As Akiva talked about her, I was deeply confused but it immediately surfaced at the end of the book where Karou finally finds about her true self. Who she really is. Who she is meant to be. Questions will be answered as the final chapter is read. Throughout this, she finds out about her life before this one. How Akiva fitted into her life has finally made sense. This was getting exciting until the ending. A huge cliff hanger! I know, cliffhangers don't make your day but all I could think about was how amazing this book was.
Brief Review: 'I love love love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was amazing and I was entranced from the very first page as I read through the pages in minutes. Definitely impressive and deeply amazingly brilliant!'
My Rating: 5/5 'Totally Amazing'