DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown, September 27, 2011)
Above all else, Laini's writing is so, so pretty. Her words are seriously like poetry, and her descriptions have not been rivaled in anything I've yet read in the young adult world. It's like she has a style all of her own, and no matter what subject matter she chooses to write, it will be unique. This is the case with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. It's a story of angels and the demons they battle. And it's a love story. Which may not sound like anything out of the ordinary. This is why books shouldn't be judged by cover copy all on its own. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is like no other story you've read. The characters are deep and well-carved, the setting and world is mystical and yet so real, and the prose is perfect.
Highly recommended for fans of Laini Taylor's prior books or those paranormal fans who are looking for a bit more depth.
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?
Source of book: From publisher at ALA