The Mortal Instrements

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

When I just got it, I had to share it with you!! Isn't it pretty?!
The EYES look so real!

Got a "Cathy's Book" feeling to it, don't you think?

Angel VS Demon WINGS


I just got this book today [Tuesday, ‎October ‎18, ‎2011]!!!

From my back cover (USA):

She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil's lair.
She wasn't innocent now...


Around the world, black hand-prints 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 otherworldly 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 one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored 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?

UK Copy:

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.


In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.



From Shelfari's Description:

Once upon a time, an angel and devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Around the world black hand-prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbook with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on "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's one question that haunts her that she is about to find out.

My Review @Shelfari:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone.

Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled.

Once upon a time, there were two moons, who were sisters. Nitid was the goddess of tears and life, and the sky was hers. No one worshiped Ellai but secret lovers.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school "The Art Lyceum of Bohemia", carries a sketchbook [#92] of hideous, frightening monsters--The Chimaerae [Issa | Twiga | Yasri | Kishmish | Brimstone 'Wishmonger/The Grump'] who form the only family she has ever known.

I found it really funny, how much the author used Arabic names and superstitions, even I have Hamsas necklace, I had one since I was a kid from my grandmother, God rests her soul, she believed a LOT in such things. Hamsa, or Khamsa means 5 in Arabic, people usually say "Five in five in the eyes of the envious." They raise their hands as if to rebound envy or evil wishes.

Yasri
is a name which could mean two things: who writes with their left hand, or who's way is easy in life. Issa is used as a name for males in the middle east which refers to Prophet Issa, who Christian's call Jesus.

Places Mentioned in the Book:

  1. Mustache Bar
  2. The Art Lyceum of Bohemia
  3. Poison Kitchen
  4. Marionette Theater of Prague

Kinds of Wishes:

  1. Scuppies: A very small wish [Ex: that will make your ex itch in an unmentionable places.]
  2. Gavriel: The Second most powerful wish [Ex: that might grant you to fly like an Angel]
  3. Bruxis: The most powerful wish that will grant you anything. [The only way to purchase one was with one's own teeth, all of them, self-extracted]





Aren't all the covers just pretty??

What I know of the book, that the main character has Blue hair, so when I opened the author's blog and found her hair PINK I actually smiled! I saved TWO photos from her blog to show you her COOL hair and a sells girl BLUE hair!!

God knows, Once Upon a Time... I had PINK | RED | BLUE hair!! [Not at the same time though!!]

Laini [Pink] with a girl [Blue]
The author happy!!

I want a blue feathery mask too!!

If you need more info check her blog: http://www.lainitaylor.com/
OR Check the book's official website: http://www.daughterofsmokeandbone.com/

I didn't know what the eyes meant when I bought the book, but when I read the book, I understood.
These are Hamsas "The Devil's Eyes".




The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khamsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. "five") is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewellery and wall hangings.

Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa provides superstitious defense against the evil eye.

It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra.
Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus.

Following its incorporation into Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic world, it was also renamed the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.


Travelers Prayer
O Lord, May your love protect me on my journey and guard me from perils on the way.
May I reach my destination in peace and fulfill my mission
May I return to my home with joy and in peace
Amen
[Written on one of the hands]


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