Dude. I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. In fact, I loved it. Like LOOOVVEED it. Like dream-you’re-in-that-world, I-want-a-guy-like-that, wish-you-lived-in-Prague loved it. Honestly. I guess I’m going to have to add this too my favorite books ever list (along with Divergent and Shatter Me). 😉
This book is about a girl named Karou. Karou is slightly strange… the monsters she draws in her sketchbook actually exist, and she doesn’t dye her hair blue- it grows out of her scalp that color. Karou is living her ‘normal’ life in Prague as an art student, as much as she can while balancing ex-boyfriends and running errands for her sorcerer foster father. On one of her errands for teeth (that’s right, teeth), and angel of fire and sparks tries to kill her. But when he shows mercy from his unyielding mask of solemnity and lets her escape, everything changes.
I can’t even tell you how insufficient that summary is! That is the first few chapters, but when I say everything changes, I really mean it! We learn more of the monsters (a race called the Kaimera) and the angel and his people (a race called the Serafim) and why the angel (his name is Akiva) and Karou can’t seem to stay away from each other…
It is so much more than I expected, so much more than you will expect! I can’t even describe more than this without ruining the book for you, but the title is totally fitting and the romance is tender and wonderful. I loved the romance especially much because, as much as it tears me apart, it wasn’t just sunshine and rainbows. They had trouble, actual life problems that got in the way. (to those who have read the book- and I’m writing this in code so as not to spoil anything- I believe Madrigal and Akiva will end up together, somehow!)
I have to mention the audiobook aspect. As you all know, I was planning on listening on this on the drive to Florida, because this audiobook is a whopping 14 hours long! Well, that didn’t quite work out, because my CD player broke (you know, the portable kind that saps batteries like crazy and also breaks down like crazy). So I had to listen to it when I got home, and that was way more of a pain. It took me a while to complete this book because of it! But, while some audiobooks frankly, suck, this one was AWESOME! The narrator was fabulous, and did the wide variety of accents perfectly, in a way that made them come to life with richness and sound much better than I EVER could have imagined in my head. Not to mention the fact that Laini Taylor’s writing is pure magic. Such beauty in her words, I imagine it would be a learning experience for even the most experienced writer. After I finished, I felt like saying, “Wow. Now that is writing.” It is safe to say that Laini Taylor is my writing role model. I have my own style, but I want her way with words, vivid imagery, and just the way her words sound like they were meant to be spoken. They are practically poetry! This audiobook is TOTALLY worth a listen, TOTALLY worth the time. I’m sure the paper copy is awesome too, but the audiobook adds and extra level of magic. The only drawback is the time it takes to listen to the whole thing, but once again very worth it, especially if you have commute time you could listen to it on!
Wow. You know I love a book when I have so much positive and no negative to say about it. I recommend this to everyone! The type of book that IF YOU DON’T READ THIS I WILL DIE. OK, so not really. But trust me, you won’t regret it.
Special thanks to the wonderful ladies Gaby and Molly for getting me pumped for this book, listening to me rant about it, and being supportive of my surely-awful Karou hand drawing. ‘Preciate it!
P.S. If anyone shows up at a book signing for this, pretty please get me a signed copy! I will pay yooouu! Oh, and I think there won’t be ARC’s for the sequel (November) but if there are I WANT ONE SO VERY BADLY.