A gorgeous, dangerous, magical fantasy that I never want to be done with.
So this book has been out for a few years, and it was always on my to-read list. Friends would gush about how wonderful it was, and I would remind myself-- READ THAT BOOK, YOU DING-DONG!-- but then other books would happen, and I would read those, and I would pass by this beauty on the shelf, quietly promising it that I would check it out next time. Well, that time has finally come, and it has been glorious!
With the recent release of the third book in the trilogy, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, I realized that this was a perfect opportunity to read all three books back to back, much like how I binge-watch episodes of Orange is the New Black or reruns of Dawson's Creek (don't judge). It is a supremely satisfying way to read series or trilogies, and I highly recommend it.
Karou is a young art student living in Prague. The fact that she has electric blue hair is only one strange thing about her. She can also speak tons of different languages, she carries around a sketchbook that she fills with drawings of chimaera (creatures made up of combined animal parts-- like a snake with the head of a woman) and she has eyes tattooed on the palms of her hands. She's kind of a mystery to everyone around her, and it's mostly because she can't let on that the creatures in her sketchbook are actually real-- and they're actually the closest thing to family that she has. Little does Karou know that she is about to be caught up in an age-old war, one rife with magic and fire, death and secrets.
I'm so glad I waited to read this, because I would be crying sad, sad tears if I had to wait a year or more to read the second and third books. Instead, I get to read them RIGHT NOW and stay in this fantastic world a little longer! It is the best. Seriously, the best. Don't deprive yourself any longer! Read it, love it, tell me all about it.
I am an adult services librarian who also wears a teen librarian hat most of the time. I love to read all kinds of books, although I gravitate toward literary fiction, nonfiction books about science or sociology and fantastic teen books of all sorts. Other things I love include my dog, hiking, playing music and trying new recipes.