Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
SHAMELESS COVER-JUDGER DISCLAIMER: I didn’t like the cover for this one AT ALL. I don’t know why. Maybe it was the mask. Because when I looked at it, I thought it was going to be about the theater or something, which gave me terrible flashbacks to when my teachers used to try to make me act/talk in front of people and I would have minor panic attacks at the very thought of it. So yeah, I didn’t like it. I still don’t. It makes me want to go stand in the corner and try to breathe slowly and calm myself down. Please don’t hate me.
But…in other news…this:
Holy Frickin’ Heck, this book is good! I’m so very glad that I was paying attention when other bloggers were singing its praises and snapped up a copy.
Seriously. You don’t even know.
Karou is a teenage girl who has bright blue hair and can speak just about every language, has a hot ex-boyfriend and a quirky best friend. By every right she should be THE most Mary-Sue character ever created. But she’s not. I adored her. She has such depth of character, such feeling. Experiencing this world through her eyes, knowing what was happening right underneath the surface, was a huge treat. She is full of secrets, and those secrets tie in so perfectly with the mythology that the author has created, that I just couldn’t put this book down.
And her relationships—between her and the “normal” people, her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, as well as with the less than normal people, Brimstone and the other Chimera that had raised her—were just so complex and varied.
And Akiva…oh, Akiva. He was all dark and brooding and BROKEN. And as the story unfolded and you learned just why he was all those things…*sigh* you have no idea.
You can’t even know.
And you won’t know…not until you go get yourself a copy of this book.