Thursday, 17 April 2014
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)
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?
What Did I Think?
I have heard from people that this is their favourite book ever. I did not agree.
For the first part of the book, I was confused. The names were difficult to pronounce, the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere, and Karou's job was impossible to understand. The world confused me. The middle of the book we meet Akiva and I was intrigued. I wish this part of the book lasted a little longer. Then it was as if we were thrown into a different book all together. I liked the new book, but was confused why I was there. It felt out of place and very disconnected to the rest of the story. I get why it was done, but it threw me nonetheless.
I liked the relationship between Karou and Akiva as well as Akiva's relationship with Madrigal, but that was about it. As I'm sure you can guess, I will not be continuing with the series.