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?
©2011 Laini Taylor (P)2011 Hachette Audio
Gave a whole week to this book, Here and there trying to engage myself with the story.
It`s not the isn't creative. The universe and the characters are interesting, its just that i`m about to reach the last chapters and she still setting up the stage for some action to happen. Its just boring.
I would not recommend if your are looking for some dystopia, suspense or thriller. May engage teenage better, the ones that are twilight fans.
But if you are an mature reader you probably get bored.
The description from the back of the book was both intriguing & not. I've had this book on my to-read list for more than a year, but always hesitated to start it, even though I almost did several times. Finally, (thankfully) I just decided to hell with it, bought it & began.
As soon as I got a few pages in, I realized I related to Karou & Zuzana being in art school, being an art grad myself, so I quickly sunk into the story & accepted the characters. The further I got, the harder it was to put down!
Eventually I began to understand what the description of the book meant & the idea of that became all the more intriguing! Halfway through listening to the audio, I bought the Kindle book as well, just so I could read it when I got home (I listen during the day at work & on my commutes). So I plowed through the book fast, devouring each page, one after the next. If I wasn't a responsible adult with a husband and a full time job I may have read it cover to cover in one sitting!
I agree with some reviewers have said about Karou learning as the audience learned what was happening and connections happened on my own as I read. The information isn't always given to the reader, but rather presented in a way that allows the reader to come up with those conclusions on their own & that is more exciting. Laini did a great job writing it in that specific way.
Overall, a great read! I'm leaping fast into the next installment, happy I found the series after all of the books are already published!! :)
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A friend of mine recommended this book and overall I quite enjoyed it, with one major caveat. The target audience of this book is clearly teenage girls. This means that while the story is fantastic, an inordinately large portion of the telling is spent on characters "gazing into eachother's eyes with longing." To the point that for me, parts of the story were immensely frustrating as I waited for plot progress, and in a few places I skipped sections.
I'd still recommend the book to others though, the story is great, the characters interesting, and the world fascinating, but I'd recommend going into it with open eyes about who it's aimed at to help manage your expectations.
I really enjoy these books. Karou is a strong, intelligent and witty heroine. Her best friend is hilarious, delightful and also not to be messed with. The story is imaginative and well-written. In a world where one can easily put a lot of inessential YA literature into their brains, this series is one of the essential ones.
When it first started I thought it was going to be too juvenile...but it turns out, that was just the perfect set up for us to see into Karou and what makes her special. From there, the author unveils a world that is different, intriguing and completely attention grabbing. There was a perfect flow to the story, with an outstanding narrator!, with captivating characters that left me wishing for more. Great 'listen'! Give this a chance.
I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.
Imagine a really imaginative, paranormal retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but so much more! I plan on listening to not only the next two, but everything I can listen to by Laini Taylor!
The narrator is one of my favorites, Khristine Hvam. She is a brilliant narrator who makes the beautiful, tragic story of love and loss and redemption and some more love fly. She is a great narrator, in fact I picked this series because Khristine Hvam had said in an interview it was one if her favorite books that she narrated ! I had to listen to it then, and I wasn't disappointed!
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