Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
Buy the book: Amazon
Visit the site: Laini Taylor's Blog
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?
Wait. Wait. Wait. Let me gather my thoughts, my brain is still spinning from finishing this book about three minutes ago. I
I knew I was going to have fun writing this review, my fingers can't dance fast enough across the keyboard. What Laini Taylor did with the story about forbidden love between two people from two different worlds... was simply breathtaking. There was one part in this story that I literally gasped for breath. Now I know that sounds dramatic, but I was so mesmerized with the story, that I felt like I was floating. Every time I had to put this book down, I could feel myself being brought back to reality, down to earth. I would catch myself between different emotions, from my jaw dropping and staying that way for a while, to smiling from ear to ear. A book that can make you go through a roller coaster of emotion, is a book to be cherished forever... Laini Taylor did her job and perfectly, I might add!
Even though I am gushing about this book, I really have no intention of giving you any spoilers. I will tell you a few things that I enjoyed...
I loved the main character Karou, she is seventeen, she has such a great life. She lives in Prague where it is Gothic and beautiful. She goes to art school and owns her very own flat full of furniture from all over the world including a genuine Persian rug. Her ex-boyfriend is gorgeous in every way and refuses to believe they have broken up. Her best friend Zuzana, is spunky, a little fickle and irresponsible, but as faithful as they come. And that is just one side of Karou's life, the human side.
Akiva to me was a perfect lead male role. He made my heart go pitter-patter. Even when I wasn't reading Smoke and Bone, I would think about him... his pain, his story, his past. Akiva is beautiful, strong, powerful, protective and in pain. He lost someone he loved dearly a long time ago and it shows, but he is a warrior, a survivor through and through. He must keep his eyes on the mission, the task at hand... the enemy. But when he sees Karou, everything changes.
|THANK YOU LAINI!|
Violence: Heavy (mostly battle scenes)
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