Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a beautiful example of what YA literature could be. Set in Prague, the book tells a story about 17 year-old Karou. Karou is a teenaged girl, raised by chimaera, Brimstone. But there is much about herself that Karou doesn’t understand. Where does she come from? Where are her parents? What is beyond Brimstone’s backdoor? And why are black handprints appearing on Brimstone’s portals?
Released September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company, I recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bone to anyone who loves: art, wishes, secrets, tattoos, solitude, beauty, strangeness, blue hair, jewelry, mythology, flying, love stories, puppetry, black-rimmed amber eyes, ancient cities, epic battles, or a damned-good story that will remain in your memory and haunt you like a black handprint scorched into a secret doorway by a winged stranger.
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?
ebook 1st rating: 9/10