Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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?
Review: I've been hearing wonderful things about Laini Taylor for years, and especially about this trilogy. With all three books finally released, I decided to dive in and see what I had been missing out on. And oh boy, I wish I had started these earlier!
The book starts in Prague, and Taylor does a fantastic job describing the setting, making me want to hop on a plane and visit. In this city is Karou, a young girl who grew up with a man named Brimstone (who is not human) and a group of ladies (also not human) that help him with his business. This is the business of teeth. As Karou got older she was sent on various errands around the world, using secret portals, to collect various teeth from all sorts of interesting characters. She's learned a lot from Brimstone, but not the most important questions. What does he do with the teeth? Where is Karou from? Who does she truly belong to?
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Some of her questions begin to get answers when a beautiful man named Akiva comes into her life. He is fascinated by Karou, but he holds many years of secrets and pains within him. He might be able to provide answers to the questions of Karou's life, but will she be truly thankful in the end?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone might be the best first book in the trilogy, but I didn't feel like it was a set up or just one part of the book. I fell in love with Karou and her bright, blue hair. I found Akiva fascinating, yet unsure. I loved Karou's friend Zuzana, a small by spunky girl. These worlds, ours and another, came alive for me and I'm excited to say that I'm already a ways into the second book as I write this!
Don't delay-- discover this world now!