Release date: 29th September 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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.
This will be my first 5* review for the year. This is only because I abso-freaking-lutely loved this book (yes! that much)
The story is about Karou, a 17yr old art student who lives in Prague. But that’s not all, Karou lives a bit of a double life which seems to be in another world. Her only family is a monstrous looking creature known a Brimstone who sends her on errands to retrieve artifacts and teeth (Ewww!). She never knows what it is for but when Brimstone calls Karou answers. The other strange thing about her is the Hamas painted on her palms that Brimstone refuses to tell her about.
The doors to Elsewhere are being marked and when Karou is attacked by a Seraphim, she knows that there is danger looming. But will she be able to save herself and the only family she knows?
What did I think? So I was trying to keep the summary very simple because this book just has soo much in it.
First things first, I loved this book! did you notice? huh?
Well, let’s start with world building, truth is we don’t spend enough time in Elsewhere to really have a lot of world building, but what little time we did I really enjoyed it. So I am not a fan of people keeping secrets, but in this case, I understood why the secrets were kept from Karou. I liked the characters in this story, Karou was a favorite of mine, she is strong and driven. She didn’t seem annoying or whiney like others I have read of, she was just perfect.
Akiva, *swoon* how dreamy does he sound? I enjoyed reading about him, the changes he went through and his ability to take risks for what he believed in.
Thiago, was just ugh! that’s all I will say. I am sure he makes really big appearance in book 2.
This book is just an awesome story about hope, love, betrayal and second chances…. I need to start book 2 really quick.