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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lanini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1

Goodreads rating: 4.03

422 pages
Published: 27 September 2011
ISBN13: 9780316134026

My rating: 4.3

I really loved this book! Lanini Taylor’s writing in this book is almost poetic, her imagery is very vivid and the emotions her writing evokes is quite real. This is a beautifully written unique story about an artistic blue haired girl named Karou.

Karou lives two lives, one a normal human life where she goes to school, has dinner with her best friend and fights with her ex-boyfriend. But in her real life she is an errand girl for the devilish creature, Brimstone, who raised her. This book is full of mystery and suspense. Karou doesn’t quite know who she is or where she comes from, or why she collects teeth for Brimstone. But when her real life comes crashing down around her after meeting an “Angel” she has to find a way back to Brimstone and find out the truth about her past. This is a thrilling story about friendship and finding oneself.

Great story line, great characters and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next book Days of Blood and Starlight. Really a great read!

Synopsis:

Around 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 otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

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