ABOUT OPEN MEETINGS
Our adult YA group normally meets in a (very tiny) home, so while many have expressed a desire to join us; most of the time it’s simply not possible. Until one of us wins the lottery and can move us all into the majestic library of our dreams, we will be holding quarterly meetings in roomy and bookish public spaces.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IF
- you love to read young adult books
- you love to talk about books in general
- you have at least attempted to read the book we will be discussing (you don’t have to finish)
- if you don’t finish the book on time for the meeting, you must be ok with overhearing spoilers
- you understand that while there is no cost to attend our meeting, if we meet at a cafe or bookshop, it would be great if you could purchase something (even if it’s only a cup of coffee) as a courtesy to our hosts.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Around the world, black handprints 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 has grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laini Taylor is the author of six novels: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, its sequels Days of Blood & Starlight and Dreams of Gods & Monsters (due out April 8, 2014), the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.