Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From Goodreads: 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?
NOOOO! I have to wait 3 months for the next one??!!? Don't worry, doesn't end with a massive cliffhanger, just a lot of questions and a new storyline I can't wait to read about.
I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor has a way of pulling you in to this world of magic, art and love that makes you not want to stop reading. I felt like I read 2 books back to back the way she had the stories laid out. I kept looking at my page count and thinking that there must be a lot that happens still, I'm only halfway!
For the longest time I could not figure out who Karou was. She has amazing skills, raised by the Chimera and there is always something off about her. Aside from the mystery that surrounds her from the point of view of her friends, as a reader there was something about her I couldn't figure out. I loved the mystery around her and how everything is revealed in due time.
The story to me is split into two chunks. Karou in the present and the past historical story around Akiva. I liked that the last half of the book is all history of the worlds and what happened between the Seraphim and Chimera. How everything tied together was a surprise up to a point where everything aligned.
I can't wait for the next one. Thankful it didn't leave on a complete cliffhanger, but I have so many questions and need to know what happens next!
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