Here is the summary of 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 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?
The age old war. Angels and Demons. Angels and the Chimera, and its all happening in Prague. This is the story of Karou and Akiva. Everywhere in the world black hand prints are appearing burnt on doorways. And Brimstone, the wish monger is close to dangerously low on teeth. And the truth unveils....... just maybe not as they would have liked.
Karou, the human raised by the demons. Karou, although not quite human shrouded in mystery leaving us guessing. Aristics and sassy, Karou is a force to be reckoned with. Always producing beautiful sketches of her demon guardians and working jobs for them when needed. All the way looking for the one true love but never sure of what to do. Her life begins to get more interesting when she comes across the winged Seraphim, Akiva. A hot ass but a hard ass to the like. There is a much-to-much history behind the attraction between Akiva and Karou which might I say was very well written but a bit too much exaggerated at the same time.
Akiva, for his part is as I mentioned very hard to like. Born and bred in battle, he always appears to be a bit mean if not in the presence of Karou. Admittedly, the long history explained of Karou and Akiva is a bit long winding and slightly tedious but ultimately helping is to understand the semantics of the tale.
The setting of the Gorgeous city of Prague was definitely a plus for the tale. I have next to no idea about this city so it was a marvel to read. Since this was my first Laini Taylor read, so I totally loved it, the same wayin which she brought her characters, the setting, the twists and turns to live was simply a marvel. And that bit about the meaning behind the title.........ooh secrets! secrets!!!!!
"Forbidden love. Star-crossed lovers of the past. Truly epic and exotic"