Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
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 grows 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 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?” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone is yet another well-written young adult novel. This was recommended to me by a friend and I am very pleased I decided to pick it up. The book is fast-paced and exciting with characters that you can’t help but rooting for. At times I found it a bit confusing because the main character has a very complex past. Also, the character names are definitely not normal (for example: Karou, Akiva, Kishmish, and Zuzana). The age of using Polly, Bob, and Sarah as names has passed. Now it’s a contest to see who can create the oddest of names. Though, I do have to commend Taylor for making them pronounceable. That’s definitely a plus. I also appreciate Taylor’s descriptiveness. When I read each passage a picture was painted in my mind of the scene. Not all authors have the ability to do that and I love it when they can. My final complaint: The huge cliffhanger ending. Really? Was that necessary? Though, besides that I highly recommend this book.