There are some people who, when they suggest I go read something, I immediately do so without question. Myg is one of them.
Unfortunately for me, when I read her tweet on my phone, I was stuck in the Austin airport and couldn't get a signal on my Kindle to save my life, which meant I couldn't download the mother fucking story right then and there.
It was also unfortunate for the mother of the little girl walking by at the moment who now knows a whole new vocabulary of swear words. The little girl, not the mother. Years later, when she's in high school or college, someone is going to throw out dog-cunt-licking-mother-whorebag-fart-fucker and that little girl will remember the strange woman who smelled like whiskey and looked like she hadn't slept in days.
You must read this book. It is, by far, one of the most captivating and well-written stories I've read in a very long time. It's a love story, yes. But it's so, so much more.
Pic from Chachic's Book Nook
The premise (snatched right from Amazon)
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?
Taken from HERE
The characters are beautifully fleshed out and real, in all their demonic (or angelic) glory. Karou is a quirky seventeen year old who manages to be completely otherworldly but somehow familiarly typical. Her "family" is as loving as they are terrifying. Most of all, it takes the age-old story of good vs. evil and turns it on its head and asks the question, "can love survive either?"
It's mystery and mythology, love and hate, good and evil... all wrapped up in one amazingly addicting package.
So go!! Check out Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
Myg here. I just have to chime in to say I first read about this book at Swoontini. If you don't visit Swoontini often, please rectify that and follow @lolozilla and @seeCwrite. Swoontini is a blog on Young Adult lit, and trust me, they know what you like.
I'd always meant to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone because Lo went nuts for it in the fall, but I never got around to it. Once I picked it up I could not put it down for an entire weekend. You know the deal, dishes piled in the sink, laundry thrown all over the floor, kids eating Cheerios for dinner--twice. The characters are complex and strong, the world is rich and compelling. The good news is that this is a trilogy! The bad news is that this is the first book, and the next won't be out until November, last I heard. But don't let that stop you from reading now, because you'll probably want to read it again (and then maybe again) before November. So what are you still hanging out here for? Go, go, go! Oh, and follow @lainitaylor on Twitter too, because she's so swell and because she named her daughter Clementine Pie, and who doesn't love pie?