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Covington Branch YA TAYLO L (Text) 33126023174117 YA Fiction Checked out 05/11/2021
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  • ISBN: 0316134023 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780316134026 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: 418 p. ; 24 cm.
    print
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

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Summary, etc.: Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
Subject: Artists Fiction
Schools Fiction
Boarding schools Fiction
Demonology Fiction
Angels Fiction
Mythology, Greek Fiction
Chimera (Greek mythology) Fiction
Paranormal fiction

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ BookSmack
    Few books have delighted me as much as Taylor's National Book Award finalist, Lips Touch: Three Times (2009), so I eagerly anticipated the coming of this first in her new fantasy series. By day, Karou is an art student, living in beautiful and "ghostly" modern Prague. Only her (naturally) blue hair and the unusual tattoos might give her fellow students cause to suspect that the fantastical creatures she draws are not mere products of her imagination. Karou lives a double life, running grisly errands for a chimaera named Brimstone. The doors in his workshop lead to destinations as far away as Marrakesh and Idaho, where Karou is sent to collect an unusual bounty: teeth. On one of these missions, she is attacked by Akiva, an impossibly beautiful angel. Unbeknownst to Karou, Akiva and his warrior siblings are bent on destroying the chimaera in an ages-old battle of their kinds. Taylor's masterly world building marries reality, fantasy, and mythology, creating a wholly unique setting in which to place her story of star-crossed lovers and tragic destinies. Readers hooked in the book's final pages will impatiently await the sequel for resolution. - "35 Going on 13," Booksmack! 8/18/11. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 November

    Gr 9 Up—Blue-haired Karou is 17, and, in addition to her unusual tresses, has other intriguing aspects to her personality. She supports her life as an art student in Prague by running errands for her foster parent, a supernatural chimera named Brimstone. These errands, which take Karou through strange portals to strange places to meet with even stranger individuals, reap rewards not only of money, but also wishes. Taylor builds a thoroughly tangible fantasy world wherein a complex parallel universe competes with far-flung geographic locales for gorgeously evoked images. Karou herself is a well-rendered character with convincing motivations: artistic and secretive, she longs for emotional connection and a sense of completeness. Her good friend Zuzana goes some way toward mitigating Karou's solitude, but a sour breakup with beautiful bad boy Kaz has left her feeling somewhat bereft. Taylor leads readers from this deceptively familiar trope into a turbulent battle between supernatural species: angel-beings seek the destruction of demonlike chimera in revenge for the burning of the archive of the seraph magi. The more Karou discovers about the battle, however, the less simple good and evil appear; the angels are not divine, the chimera are not evil, and genocide is apparently acceptable to both sides in this otherworldly war. Initially, the weakest part of the story appears to be the love story between Karou and Akiva, an angel of "shocking beauty"; there is little to support their instant bond until their true connection is disclosed. The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL

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