First impressions: There are some books that make their greatness known from the first sentence. This is one of those books.
Lasting impressions: I will never be able to do this book justice through my clumsy attempts at a review. Laini Taylor’s work stands on its own, and this is definitely my favorite book of the year.
Conflicting impressions: Ha! It is absolutely laughable that I could even think of offering up a criticism of this phenomenal book.
Overall impressions: As I said on Twitter last night, JUST GO BUY IT!
There’s really not much more I can say other than that. Go buy it. You won’t be disappointed.
Karou does double duty in this one, functioning as both a normal art student in Prague and an errand girl for the mysterious monsters who summon her to fetch teeth. Yes, teeth. This is not your average paranormal.
And that is why I fell in love so hard. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Is there any greater compliment you can pay a writer than telling them their work is inspiringly unique?
Laini Taylor, I bow down to you.
Karou and the bizarre world she inhabits are intensely captivating. I could barely stand to put this book down. I relished every word, and the suspense of not knowing what would happen at any given moment was exhilarating. Finally, a book that can genuinely surprise me!
Who is Karou? Why did Brimstone raise her? Why does she gather teeth from all over the world for him? Why is Akiva out to destroy her?
The answers to these questions are half the fun of the novel. I was in no hurry to find this information, and waited patiently for our blue-haired heroine to figure it out for herself. In the last third we are treated to a glimpse into lost memories, as Karou starts to put the pieces of her disjointed life together. There is more emotion packed into the final pages of this book than in the last 10 books I read combined.
This book is haunting, magical, strange, glorious, and beautiful.
JUST GO BUY IT.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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