Review~ Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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? AMAZON
Rating ~ 5/6 Squares
I love this cover though I don't think it has a whole lot to do with the story itself other than the masquerade ball later in the novel but I genuinely think it is beautiful! I myself have the UK cover which is below next to the US cover and I think it isn't as "pretty" but features a very large plot element to the story!
I loved this book! It was a crazy roller coaster and I was absolutely in love with it! This novel is a really refreshing and hauntingly beautiful fantasy genre story. The beginning left the reader with many questions which was why it took me awhile to get into it! It wasn't that the world building wasn't something that I disliked but it just sounds so unbelievable, after several chapters I found myself really connecting to the main character Karou. The creativity of this story still amazes me. From the setting in Prague to the chimera's, to the history behind them, and the love story. I enjoyed Karou as a character so much because she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself and do what she felt was right. She was definitely bad ass!
The major thing that I didn't enjoy was the Madrigal back story with Akiva. Not that I didn't enjoy it in particular just that it felt like two completely different stories. I liked the growth it showed of Akiva and especially the the mythology and how it was foreshadowed with the baby teeth thing. But you fell in love with Karou and then all of a sudden you're in this new story and you get lost at times. Other than that I have to say this book was fantastic. I can't wait for the sequel which should be coming out soon!
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