Synopsis: 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 grows 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 actuallygrows 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?
Date Published: September 27, 2011; 418 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Date Read: April 2013
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
Those string of words just engulfed me into its majestic and dark beauty and I went on without an iota of hesitation.
Angels and Devil falling in love, let me see how the author can pull it off. That is what I said when I saw the first part. My first thought was how in the hell can the author make the story interesting as compared to all the love story of all star crossed lovers? What would set it apart from the others? And boy, I was, let just put it this way, every chapter was a slap on my face telling me to shut up. And I did, I let the book take over me.
This book is just beautiful beyond words. This review will hardly give it justice but I will try my best to even reach half of the justice it deserves. The story is nothing short of extraordinary, at least for me that is. It’s bacon, that good. Plain and simple.
I had fallen in love with how the book was carefully crafted and beautifully written, like a flawless piece of art. I commend the way the author described each scenario, each place, each character, giving life to them vividly playing in my head. The use of words wasn’t pretentious, it was what the scene required. I was also pleased with the distinction of every character; that every character held the story together in complete cohesion and perfection, that every character had a share to the story and did not go unnoticed.
What really got me about this book was the fact that I have so many guess on Karou’s identity, that when it came to the revelation part none of my guesses matched what it truly was. That was the most amazing part of this book, as the book progresses, it had the art of not letting every chapter give away anything. Readers are always left guessing and predicting. Which made the book totally a page turner.
No I have to tell everyone than they should read it as if their lives depended on it.
Impeccable. Extraordinary. Unpredictable. BACON.
Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.