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?
My Thoughts: I started this and wasn’t very interested in the beginning. I actually read a few other books while reading this–I kept coming back to it between other novels, because even though I was a little annoyed at first by our main character, Karou, I was still intrigued enough to keep reading. I’m glad I did, because the author definitely came through in the end.
Great world-building. I don’ t think I’ve read anything like Taylor’s world of angels, chimaera, and humans living in parallel universes. My only gripe (and the thing that kept me from being too involved in the beginning) was the sort of Mary-Sue aspect of Karou. She was a little too perfectly quirky, perfectly mysterious, perfectly beautiful. But as I kept reading she developed more dimensions and became less of a cardboard cut-out of somebody’s dream life and became a real person.
As for the romantic chemistry, I wasn’t as drawn into it as I thought I would be. I am mostly intrigued by, again, Taylor’s world-building. I also enjoyed some of the side/supporting characters than I did our main couple, Karou and Akiva, who bored me a few times.
I am looking forward to the sequel.
Book Website: http://daughterofsmokeandbone.com/