Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book 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 has 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?

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

My review:

What a beautiful story about a love that transcends time and losses which rupture the heart. I don’t remember the last time I read a book with so many wonderful analogies, either. :)

Karou has grown up around her “monster” friends, and it’s the only life she’s ever known. But there’s something missing. Karou has no idea of her true identity . . . until she comes face to face with an angel named Akiva. The hamsas (eyelike tattoos) on Karou’s palms burn brightly with a mere touch against Akiva’s skin, a touch that brings him to his knees. But along the way, Karou and Akiva form a bond like no other, and Akiva can’t help but think Karou reminds him of a love from long ago. But it can’t be . . . can it?

I loved the first half of the book. The latter half is what threw me for a loop, and while I enjoyed reading the past history of (you’ll have to read to find out!), it just didn’t hold my interest like the first half. But I did love the setting (Prague!), the details, the new take on angels and demons, and the characters. And the teeth. The particulars about the teeth and what they were used for was quite interesting, to say the least. When all of these tidbits came together, the story was so mesmerizing I couldn’t help but keep reading.

Overall, if you’re looking for a new book to add to your paranormal shelf, get this one. :)

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