In a small art class in Prague sits the blue-haired, tattooed Karou. She lives in two worlds: ours and one of monsters where wishes can be bought with teeth. But the thing she wishes she knew the most is as mysterious to her as it is to those around her: who is Karou? Where did the tattoos on her palms come from? And how did she come to be raised by the wishmonger Brimstone?
This. Book. Is. So. Good.
First, the cover is freaking gorgeous. Look at it! Look at how beautiful that is! And the prose is just as gorgeous. I felt so spoiled while reading it because it was SO GOOD. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS BOOK YET!
Second, Karou is AWESOME. She can fight! She can speak like a hundred languages! She can draw! (I’m seriously jealous; I would kill for artistic ability.)
Third, the plot has twists that I didn’t see coming. I should have! The clues were all there, but I didn’t, and then I gasped and jumped around a bit because yes yes yes of course that explains everything and I LOVE when authors pull a fast one on me!
Fourth…ly, the characters are so cool! Brimstone and Issa and all the other “monsters” are so fun to read about. I loved their storyline and I became super attached to all of them, which leads me to…
I realize you’re not the romantic hero of this story, but gosh darn it I have a thing for geniuses who use their powers to do good. Not only do you not back down, but you don’t have any expectation of success or gratitude. You do what you do because it is the right thing to do, in your mind, and that, my dear, is sexy. I know what I’d wished for given the chance to get in your shop…
Fifthly, this story broke my heart, which means Taylor must have done something right. I’m starting to think the amount of tears I shed while reading is a direct correlation to how good the book is.
Books with similar aspects
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
recommended to those who like strong female characters and plot twists
not recommended to um…I guess if you don’t like realistic fantasy or cool characters you should probably stay away. Oh and violence. There’s some violence.
Don’t just take my word for it!
“Don’t borrow this book from the library or from a friend. Buy it. Trust me, you won’t regret owning a copy. (I’m sad that I can’t cuddle my own right now.) And if you can, buy multiples. You’ll want to put this book into the hands of every girl you know.” ~Angel@MermaidVisions
“This book is wondrous. But keep in mind, it begins a series. You may want to cry when you realize that you can’t pick up the next book right away.” ~ Jen@AlmostGrownUp
“So does it live up to the hype? Oh, yes! Amazing imagery, kick-arse heroine, sexy romance, plot that makes your head spin, amazing writing…. it’s all there!” ~Katya
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