Read between: 27th July- 1st August
Published: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown
Synopsis: Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?
I was so excited to start this series and I’m glad I did! Laini Taylor has a way with words, from worlds to characters- it’s all very beautiful! I was hooked from the first page.
Firstly, the book is set in Prague, a city I’ve never visited, but it sounds perfect for the world Laini created. I could totally see it being full of doors leading to a world full of demonic beings. Secondly, the main character, Karou, was so interesting! For starters, she doesn’t really have a back story- she has no idea where she came from, just that a chimaera called Brimstone raised her.
And ever since she was old enough to do so, he calls her away from Prague to his shop to run errands for him….which is mainly collecting teeth.
With her bright blue hair it was easy to become drawn to Karou. I had a hunch about who she really was and it was actually a shock to discover I was right! However, it did feel good to have the clarification.
I also loved her best friend, Zuzana. When the truth comes out she just accepts everything! We all need a best friend like that! One that is so accepting, and doesn’t stop being Karou’s friend even if the truth sound crazy!
Karou’s ex was a bit of a dick though….
It was such a good book! I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series! I hope they get even better. I’d definitely recommend it!
Thanks for reading!