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maraskywalkeriii, January 29, 2012 (view all comments by maraskywalkeriii)
This is the best book of 2011 so it is no surprise that many other's think this as well. The author has taken ancient literary character themes and created a world that is intensely unique and filled with dark emotions and moments of odd beauty. The main character Karou is a spunky heroine that all may not relate to but surely all will want her on their team. It is an epic story akin to Romeo and Juliet with a good dose of violence to keep the pace moving and keep you reading. Definitely a one night read minus sleep. It is that good!
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Eledri, January 29, 2012 (view all comments by Eledri)
This book is beautifully written. Its world is intriguing and quickly grabs you. The characters are hard not to find loveable. Honestly one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a while. I could not put it down.
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jaggedbloom, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by jaggedbloom)
The prose is lush and romantic, and the descriptions of different settings is exceptional. I really enjoyed reading this book. The story and characters are extremely unique and would probably be a little too weird for me if written by another author, but Taylor makes the weirdness of the characters and story work out extremely well somehow. Taylor has a serious mastering of the written word here. I have already recommended this book to several of my friends, and I would definitely recommended others at least checking it out.
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limechair, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by limechair)
The author created a world with magical creatures, seraphs and a parallel earth--it’s a well-crafted story. But what makes this such a delightful read is her mastery of language--the book is so beautifully written it reads more like poetry than a novel.
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YA fan, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by YA fan)
So glad to see another Portland author writing books that interest both young adults and their parents!
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ISBN:
9780316134026
Author:
Taylor, Laini
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20110931
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HARDCOVER
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English

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Laini Taylor writes more poetically than anyone I've read since Ursula K. Le Guin, without ever losing the momentum of her story — and what a fresh, evocative, and engrossing story. Taylor's characters live in a very believable world and struggle with decisions that have serious consequences. She doesn't offer much assurance that anyone will live happily ever after. But there is hope.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "National Book Award finalist Taylor (Lips Touch: Three Times) again weaves a masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced, the tale is set in ghostly, romantic Prague, where 17-year-old Karou is an art student — except when she is called 'home' to do errands for the family of loving, albeit inhuman, creatures who raised her. Mysterious as Karou seems to her friends, her life is equally mysterious to her: How did she come to live with chimaera? Why does paternal Brimstone eternally require teeth — especially human ones? And why is she 'plagued by the notion that she wasn't whole.... a sensation akin to having forgotten something?' Taylor interlaces cleverly droll depictions of contemporary teenage life with equally believable portrayals of terrifying otherworldly beings. When black handprints begin appearing on doorways throughout the world, Karou is swept into the ancient deadly rivalry between devils and angels and gradually, painfully, acquires her longed-for self-knowledge. The book's final pages seemingly establish the triumph of true love — until a horrifying revelation sets the stage for a second book. Ages 15 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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