Author: Lani Taylor
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 448
If I could live anywhere ever it would be the setting of this book. Lani Taylor has created such a seductively magical world that I felt myself longing to return back to in after I had put the book down and returned to normal life. With its hidden passages to another world and old time pre/post war Prague setting, this story is an artist dream come true.
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? -GoodReads
I felt a kindred spirit with that of Karou, the wildly curious protagonist, who has spent her life, as much as she can remember, running errands for a Wishmonger named Brimstone. It was a thrill to travel the world and learn her story along the way. It’s not however until the appearance of the enthralling Akiva that our heroine starts to learn the truth about herself and her origins.
Never has a story of love and hate been more beautifully told since Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.