Friday, January 27, 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 432
Profanity: PG-13 (some swears, no "F"s)
Mature Conent: PG-13 (references to body parts, sexual situations, some violence)
Level: High School
Recommendation: Optional

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 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?

Review: The story tells a history of angels, demons, and the worlds they live in through the eyes of a teenage artist in Prague. Critical pieces of the story are told throughout the book and keep the reader enticed to find the who's, what's, and where's that are crucial to the story. This novel is not a typical angel/demon novel, and the plot twists and turns as more information is revealed. Not recommended for young, conservative, or sensitive readers.

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