Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Lainie Taylor
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
448 pp.
Ages 14 - 17

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? 


Why am I always the last person to discover great books? I don't know. I've known about Taylor's book since it was released in 2011, but I put off reading it because I'm not a huge fan of paranormal romances. When I hear about werewolves or witches or angels, I generally gag. But one helluva book!!!

Lainie Taylor ranks up there with Rowling and Tolkien as far as storytelling goes. The plot is fairly simple - girl falls in love with an angel - but the language, the rich tapestry of description and emotion is simply beautiful to listen to. And the story does take an interesting turn towards the end, and I found myself really hanging on every word. (I listened to this on my iPod.) Half way through the book I thought, "I like it, but not enough to read book 2." And then I got the very end and was like, "Oh-My-G...! I have got to read the entire series NOW!"

So, do I recommend The Daughter of Smoke and Bone? You bet I do. Move over Peeta and Edward! Akiva rules the love roost now!


Profanity:  Moderate
Sexuality:  High
Violence:  High

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