HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL!
We love you so much!
Today will be birthday lite, in favor of upcoming weekend festivity.
And no, that wasn't me up till 2 am painting tiny spool dolls for the tops of cupcakes.
Why do you ask? Yawwwwn.
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And in other daughter news ...
OH. MY. GOD. Check out the UK book trailer:
Is that awesome or WHAT? Love it!!! Makes me want to go back to Prague ...
ANOTHER STARRED REVIEW!!!
This one is from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and it's lovely:
Karou is human, attending an art school in Prague, but she was raised by monsters—four beings whose forms include both human and animal parts. Calling themselves chimaera, they live in a little shop with a door that opens to portals all over the world and trade animal and human teeth for wishes. Running an errand for her family one day, Karou has a near-deadly confrontation with a beautiful, winged man with dead eyes and then finds herself caught in an ancient war between chimaera and seraphim that rages in the parallel world of Eretz. There is more to Akiva, her seraph attacker, than initially meets the eye, though, and soon his curiosity about her life with his enemies and her need to learn more about his world draw them together; the mutual magnetism they feel doesn’t hurt, either. Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times, BCCB 11/09) crafts both her world and her romance with meticulous care, building the first on a wealth of thought-provoking details and making the second equal parts tender and antagonistic. The plotting is layered and ambitious, encompassing multiple worlds, generations, and character incarnations and offering some pointed commentary on colonialism, the cost of war, and the slippery definition of monstrosity (as one character observes, “It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such”). Fans of torturously star-crossed lovers à la those in Marr’s Wicked Lovely (BCCB 7/07) and Black’s Tithe (BCCB 1/03) will find much to enjoy here, but those who flock to innovative, character-driven fantasy with thematic depth will be equally enthralled.
BCCB, I am now officially in love with you. Thank you for putting a cherry on the top of my ... cupcake. :-)