viernes, 6 de enero de 2012

Daughter of smoke and bone, Laini Taylor

Name: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 1.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Kindle.
Pages: 432 pages.
About the author:
Laini is a writer of fantasy books for young people, but her books can be enjoyed by adults as well. Her 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. And her first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. She is also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."
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What goodreads says:
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?
My opinion:
I read this book as BNC of December, yes I know I'm late but I was having some problems with posting on Blogger for some reason, hopefully their all sorted. As always excellent choice in book this one was amazing ;)
 Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows Kaoru's story a young girl who grew up running errands (collecting teeth for wishes) for Brimstone, a chimaera (part animal, part human) and is happy although she could do without meeting the lowest people of society.
In her free time she draws, for her human friends she draws the chimaera (of course humans believe their just her imagination) and for her chimaera family she draws humans.
Until one day she meets Akiva, an angel who tries to kill her, and everything changes.
Suddenly the portals to Elsewhere are gone and Kaoru is stranded in the human world, alone, but not for long.
I loved this story Kaoru is awsome, she's brave, loyal, caring and she knows martian arts :) She's got blue hair (I had blue hair once...) speaks 8 languages and is an amazing artist.
I loved her story with Akiva. Akiva is like an avenging angel, all you know warriorlike, cold, no mercy, no pity, no hope. Until he meets Kaoru that is, and something about her makes him hesitate (thankfully)
I loved the secondary characters. My favorite is: Zuzana, Kaoru's best human friend. I loved her theatre of marionettes it would be amazing to see, and heartbreaking I bet.
The main storyline is centered around Prague, and if the city is anything like it's described in all the books I've read about it I will have to visit it sometime, somehow. But Laini also transports you to diferent parts of the world: Paris, Morrocco....
Laini is a great storyteller and I can't wait to read the next one, because with the ending of this one she left me heartbroken!!
I give it 4 stars.
Nathiel

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