I've been waiting to write this review because there is just so much that I have to say about this particular book. I had no idea what to expect when reading this and that made the discovery even more incredible.
Karou is a seventeen year old girl living in Prague, but she isn't any ordinary girl. Her hair grows blue and she was raised by monsters that collect teeth. The only way she can get to them is through special doorways placed around the world.
When the fire-eyed, closed off Akiva discovers Karou during one of her errands, he wants to know more and can't seem to stay away. But the more they learn about each other and their pasts, the more dangerous it can be for their future. Will what they discover be too much for the star-crossed pair?
Right off the bat I fell in love with Laini's writing style. It was so poetic and lyrical, and unlike any other style I've read to date. Part of that had to do with the way she was able to describe things in such an artistic way, I found myself really able to picture what I was reading. The way she told the story was just so beautiful and strong, and inspiration to me for my writing.
The characters and the world she created were also marvelously done. Unique and fresh. It was almost impossible for me to put down. Karou was a strong female character with a snarky personality and lots of mystery. Akiva is probably one of my favorite male characters now and I can't wait to learn more about him in the coming books. The descriptions of the chimera and places Karou visited were spot on.
I feel like I'm repeating myself in saying this, but there really are no other words. Laini's writing was what put this book over the top for me. Near the end I felt as though I was reading a dark and intense, written for teens, fairytale. I don't want to give away what happens, but rest assured you won't be disappointed. In fact, I can hardly stand waiting for book two.
Laini has become one of my favorite author's and you will be hearing more from me about her and this incredible new series.