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 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?
“I don't know many rules to live by,' he'd said. 'But here's one. It's simple. Don't put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles--drug or tattoo--and...no inessential penises either.'
'Inessential penises?' Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. 'Is there any such thing as an essential one?'
'When an essential one comes along, you'll know,' he'd replied.”
Guys. Guys. GUYS. THIS BOOK!!!
I mean, I know I'd heard great things about it. But...WOW. I mean if there is an emotion in the human spectrum of emotions, this book takes you there.
But even more than the feels...oh my god. I don't know how Laini Taylor does it, but I would read a book on sea cucumbers if she wrote it. There's just something so evocative and exquisite and....it's almost impossible to describe how amazing her prose is. And we all know that if there is anything that will make me forgive any flaws it's prose. (Or well...almost anything. After Bellman & Black, I now know that authors with the most gorgeous prose in the world are not invincible). There were times I didn't trust you, Laini Taylor, particularly with the instalove...but I never should have doubted. Each time I doubted, I was proved wrong.
And that ending??? Oh Laini Taylor you brilliant, brilliant woman. All the clues were there. They were basically shouting to be discovered. And oh the heart break. I should have known! I never saw that coming in a million years. I usually have a vague inkling of things that are about to happen in a book - I imagine most of us who are big readers tend to at least have a few vague theories, and one of those theories is generally right. But complete 100% unprepared shock? Very rare. And the best part is...ALL THE CLUES WERE THERE. I felt so betrayed by my mind (And also my heart because I'm pretty sure it stopped for a second), because I should have had a clue. In fact...it's entirely probably I was just being an idiot and most of you who have read this book did have a clue.
Other things I love? Zusanna. Ahhhh girl friendships are the best. This one made me so, so happy. It's a bit like Kami/Angela's friendship or Anya/Scarlet's friendship in that they really are kind of codependent on each other. It's not unbalanced and Zusanna doesn't fade into the background - she's WAY too awesome for us to forget! Where Karou brings mystery and magic into Zusanna's life, Zusanna tethers Karou somewhere so that she's not aimlessly drifting about the world.
Read this. Please for the love of god, if you like fantasy...if you even think you might like fantasy, read this. Don't be put off with distaste of "angel" stories, because trust me, it's not structured how you think it is. I regret putting this series off so late (well only a little, because now I only have to wait until April for the third book to come out!), and as I've mentioned...3rd book is coming out in April! You have no excuse. The whole series will soon be available at your bidding.