Daughter Of Smoke & BonePaperback - 2012
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?
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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 tha... Read More »
CRRL_Christine Jan 04, 2018
This mature young adult book has been recommended to me by more people than any other! An incredible mix of fantasy and real life, with simply breathtaking descriptions. Karou is an art student in Prague, hiding her other life as the adopted daughter of chimerae in a very unusual family. Falling ... Read More »
CRRL_RachelPlacchetti Feb 16, 2017
In the war between angels and chimaera, Karou is loyal to the monsters who raised her. But everything changes when she meets the angel Akiva, with whom she shares a strong connection.
CRRL_Christine May 04, 2015
This book has been recommended to me by more people than any other! An incredible mix of fantasy and real life, with simply breathtaking descriptions. Karou is an art student in Prague, hiding her other life as the adopted daughter of chimerae in a very unusual family. Falling in love with an ang... Read More »
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. (catalog description)
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PimaLib_KimB thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
burgundy_dove_26 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 21
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Mik was sandy-haired and fair-skinned, with sideburns and a goatee and the kind of knife-blade eyes that hinted at ancestors invading across the plains from Central Asia. He was handsome and gifted, he blushed easily and hummed when he concentrated, and he was soft-spoken but interesting – a good combination. He actually listened, rather than pretending to listen while waiting a suitable interval before it was his turn to talk again . . .
She kind of wanted to take off her boots, but that was something you didn’t do if there was any chance you might have to quickly flee or kick someone.
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"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is about this girl named Karou who lives in Prague. Karou is very mysterious and doesn't know where she came from, but knows that her only family, are half humans called Chimera. She soon finds out that there are other worlds beside her own, and that if she wants to keep her friends and family alive, she might have to go and explore unknown places.
I think that this book is for ages 13+. I am 12-13 but I read adult fiction daily... Just the concept of it, the inside story, would need an older mind to keep straight what's happening. Some of my friends read it, and they got lost, and didn't end up with the same conclusions. It's all just a matter of how experienced a reader you are.
“Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters.”
For seventeen year old Karou life is spent juggling two worlds. In one she is the mysterious, blue-haired art student whose drawings of fantastical creatures and exotic tales delight her fellow classmates. In the other she’s errand girl for her adopted father, the chimera Brimstone, and as much in the dark about who she really is as any of her friends. Around the world sooty black handprints appear burned into doors; they symbolize the beginning of an otherworldly war. A chance meeting with the seraphim Akiva leads to a battle on the streets of Marrakesh and the beginning of the angel’s fascination with the blue-haired girl. After the angels destroy the portals between worlds Karou must find another way to reunite with her monstrous family. With a foot in both worlds Karou is caught in a war between angels and devils, between the only family she’s ever known and the beautiful winged man that haunts her. Whatever the result one thing is certain - Karou’s life will never be the same again.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Grades 10-12, 418 pages
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