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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?
Rating: 4.5 Stars.
(Beware: A few spoilers)
I liked this, I liked this a lot. It was pretty amazing. I believe I have only read about 4 angel books in my life and only one of them was terrible, but I’ve met a lot of people who have read so many awful angel books that it always makes we weary about picking one up. I should probably drop this suspicion, and take more leaps of faith because this book did not disappoint and I went in with pretty high expectations. The amount of rave reviews I’ve read about this book, its hard to not have high expectation. Despite not liking certain aspects of the book, I still enjoyed it immensely.
I loved the fact this story was set in Prague. Its nice to read Young Adult books that aren’t set in the USA or UK, as the majority are…
It sort of gave a more quirky aspect to the book. I don’t really know anything about Prague, I have friends who have been there and loved it, but I’ve never been myself. I definitely think I want to go now.
However, I wasn’t overly impressed by the “heaven” slash “portals” part. I don’t know whether its just me being awkward, but I just found it incredibly hard to imagine the whole thing. I think there could have been a bit more description, in that respect. I’m hoping there will be more clarification on this in the next book.
The majority of the characters I LOVED. Karou is awesome! So is Zuzana. I love them. But I am finding Akiva a little… well, boring. (I’m sorry, don’t hate me!) He’s just a little dull and lacking in character depth in this book. I really hope this will change, I don’t want him to be yet another two dimensional love interest in a YA novel.
One character that I really love though is Brimstone. I was absolutely gutted by the end, and a part of me is hoping with all my heart that it is a mistake. I would have loved to find out more and more about him, but alas, I think that will never be now. (why do I always like the characters that die?!)
I’m also intrigued by Thiago, I want to know more about him.
Just one more, problem I have with the book is the humans reactions to angels and supernatural stuff. I find it a little unrealistic and frustrated me in places. If I met an angel in a street I’d be running as if my life depended on it not standing there taking pictures. Haha.
Overall, I think this book is a great start to a trilogy/series. There is a lot of background information and I really look forward to reading more about this world. It has a lot of potential to grow into something epic.