Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Hardcover
418 pages
Published  September 27th 2011
by Little, Brown & Company

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?

This Book Contains:  Violence, War, Death, Romance, and Sex.

THE PLOT:

You have a young girl who has no memory of anything other than growing up with monsters.  To her these monsters are family.   She is raised to retrieve teeth from the human world and give them to the monsters.  Not sure why these teeth are needed, but she does knows that there is some type of magic involved.  She loves the monsters and will do anything to keep them safe.  Until one day she meets a young man who will turn her world up side down and drag her into a war that she didn’t even know that was going on.

THE CHARACTERS:

Karou has blue hair and tattoos on her hands that have been there for as long as she can remember.   She can speak several different languages and she uses wishes to get what she wants.  You have Akiva who is haunted by the death of a loved one.  Then he meets Karou who he soon finds himself drawn to and he can’t stop thinking about her.   He finds himself going to her window just to watch her sleep.

MY THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed this book a lot.  I thought it was going to be a lot different from the story that it turned out to be.  I was very pleasantly surprised that this was a book that I couldn’t compare to anything that I have ever read before.  It is extremely different style of writing and story line.  Laini is a master world builder and an epic story-teller.  One of my favorite parts in this book is when Karou meets Akiva  and she starts to heat up and can’t figure out why.  I just can’t wait to read the next installment and see where this story is going to go.

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