Published: September 27th 2011.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sort: Part one of' ‘Daughter of smoke and bone.’
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 colour. 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?Rating:
Karou grew up in the care of three chimaeras. Brimstone was her father figure and he sends her on errands to collect teeth. Karou has no idea why, but he gives her wishes in return. Wishes that can make her hair bright blue or give her annoying ex boyfriend itches in embarrassing places. Her world collapses when strange black handprints appear on all her magic doorways. On a normal day, she is thrown out of Brimstone’s shop. Confused and clueless, Karou ends up in the presence of the angel Akiva. Can Karou unravel her true identity and the reason behind the attack on Brimstone’s shop?
I was fascinated by Karou. She is a great character and I connected with her. How cool is it to have bright blue hair and the ability to travel to places by walking through a door? I loved the little clues we get about who she truly is and I was surprised about the climax. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t THAT. The romance between her and Akiva is so subtle. The attraction is always on the background and it served a purpose in the story line, exactly how I like it.
It was fun to figure out the meaning behind the teeth and the two different stories about the war between the chimaeras and the angels. This book is a bit more ‘difficult’ than some YA I’ve read lately: in the sense of a good story with much background and information. The author really thought about her story and the world she created.
So, if you decide to read this book and you have a ‘meh’ start like me: don’t give up! It’s worth it. The ending was great and I can’t wait to get started in part two.