Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

SummaryAround the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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: Smoke and Bone is a book that I kept picking up and looking at, but the summary never grabbed me so I never bothered to buy it before. I finally grabbed it since it was out in paperback. Yes I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I liked Karou well enough. Sometimes she bothered me, but she was a strong character and I respected her a lot. Akiva was interesting. I liked him a little, but I didn't swoon for him. He has 2 more books to grow on me. I loved Brimstone and Issa. They are probably my favorite characters even though demons are rather gruesome. I loved the story. The story is set (mostly) in Prague. I didn't know how I would feel about that because I don't know anything about Prague. I've never had an urge to go to Prague. I can now say that I would love to travel there and try to experience Prague the way Karou has. I liked the way you could visualize the way Karou grew up. It helped you sympathize with her family. The end was sad. I expected it, but it was still hard to read.

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