“Hope? Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
It has been a while since I strayed from the Dystopian section. I decided that I needed a break, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone came highly recommended. I was not let down!
Here is the summary from goodreads:
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?
I absolutely loved this book. It took a minute to get into the world, having to picture Chimera is never an easy thing to get used too and this story has no shortage of them, trust me! Taylor is a master at describing the multi-animal creatures, and once you get the hang of it, it creates this whole other atmosphere that is bright and new and intriguing.
Karou’s character is so refreshing. She is sassy and unique and has you interested in the first chapter. And then there is Zuzana, who I am pretty sure is my soul-sister. So inappropriate and impulsive and snarky. Their interactions were some of my favorite passages from the book.
Then enters Akiva, the typical tortured soul. But, if you think this is the textbook insta-love, you might be a little off base.
What Taylor really does best in this book is suspense. She gives you information little by little, keeping you guessing and second guessing the whole time. Most authors can’t do that. They try, but always end up giving you a little too much at one point and you have the ending all figured out. Not Taylor, she is a master.
In an effort to keep this spoiler-free, I am going to stop here. But just so you know, I am already halfway through the sequel Days of Blood and Starlight. That’s a pretty good sign that you should go pick up this book! Even if you aren’t a big fan of fantasy but love some YA fiction, give it a chance. I really don’t think you will be disappointed!
Hey, look! Quotes!