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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?
- The story and world-building were epic. The angels and chimaera were so intriguing and interesting, I was eating it up.
- I was absolutely in love with Karou and Zuzana. They were hilarious and I so badly wanted to be their friend in real life. I could totally see me curling up with them at Poison Kitchen, eating some goulash and blogging. It would be perfect. If I ever decide to open a restaurant, it would be my own version of Poison Kitchen. SO AMAZING. I immediately Googled it because I really wanted it to be a real place.
- Brimstone was so awesome. It know he was technically the “bad” guy, but really, the whole realm, trading for teeth and wishes. So cool, it was so fun to visualize. I have heard this is possibly going to be made into a movie and I cannot wait!
- This is one of those books where the insta-love is actually done right, it works completely and did not feel fake or forced.
- The narrating of the audiobook was done really well, Brimestone, Zuzana and Karou all have very different voices and so it was done really well and brought the characters to life.
- I am trying hard not to spoil anything, because it did sneak up on me a bit, but when the truth of Karou’s past was revealed and the book started to go back and forth between present and past, it got a bit boring. I was so in love with Karou’s character and I didn’t feel that connection with Madrigal nearly as much. By the end of the story, I was more into Madrigal, but we didn’t get the opportunity to connect with her as we did with Karou.
- This one was a bit difficult to listen to as an audiobook. It took me a while to get all the names down, I mean Karou, Zuzana, Akiva, Razgut, Izil, chimaera, and these were just the start! Uffda! Finally by the end of the book I had it all figured out, but I definitely had to look at Wikipedia to get the spelling to write this review!
“Inessential penises?” Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. “Is there such as a thing as an essential one?”
“When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,” he’d replied. “Stop squandering yourself, child. Wait for love.”
“Love.” Her delight evaporated. She’d thought that was love.
“It will come, and you will know it,” Brimstone had promised, and she so wanted to believe him. He’d been alive for hundreds of years. Hadn’t he?