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I really really liked this story. I usually prefer stories that are contemporary, set in present day and real time. I am honestly not one for high fantasy. However, this book was amazing. I loved how unique it felt. I have truly never read another book like it. The book is written in the third person, usually being told from the POV of that of Karou, but occasionally switching to Akiva. For me, the characters either make or break a book. I absolutely loved Karou. She was funny, intelligent, unique (to say the least) and genuinely a “good” person. She was witty and saracastic and never ceased to entertain me. Akiva was likable as well. He was raised in a brutal world of nothing but war and strife, and yet, he was kind and gentle. I liked how he was instantly protective of Karou even before he knew much about her. I found their story very believeable despite being about fantastical creatures like seraphim and chimaera. I loved the setting in this book as well. Prague was unique and ghostly; the hauntingly perfect place for such a story as this to seem real and possible. Zuzanna was another favorite character, too, of mine. Her dry humor was absolutely hilarious throughout the book. I ached for these characters. The plot kept me guessing and just when I, along with Karou, uncovered the past and the truth, my heart broke right along with her’s and Akiva’s. I am very glad there is a sequel to this book, because I so desperately want my HEA. A book that had a similiar feel to me, was Kristin Cashore’s Graceling. Both books are fantasy and have a strong female protagonist.
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
Wow! I've had this book in my Audible library for ages and can't believe I only listened to it now! The world building is a-MAZ-ing!!! The characters are engaging and the love story is filled of adolescent angst. Such a fresh and unique story. Off to listen to the second book...
I completely fell in love with this book. The descriptions were beautiful, I was able to picture everything perfectly in my head. I'm convinced this should be made into a movie (which I believe rights have been sold).
The narrator did an AMAZING job, every character had a COMPLETELY distinct voice. With all the creatures demonic and angelic in this novel they each sounded like you would imagine too.
Yes, even though Khristine Hvam accents are silly some times, I loved it!
For me I am fine with how the story ended and I am not sure if I will pick up the next book. I really like the narration and the description of the characters, but I don't really think it needs a second book.
Thoughtful take on ancient preconceptions of religion, morphed into an entertaining and well written tale of good and evil. Eagerly awaiting the third book of this trilogy !!
Probably. The reader was really excellent and kept me engaged in the story. Although I haven't read the print version, nothing can beat her accents for the characters.
I was a little disappointed that that last 4 hours or so were dedicated to a flashback. I wish the story had structured it better so that we didn't have to read/listen to a large chunk of the past in the climax of the story.
Her voices for the characters -- they are phenomenal. She really kept me engaged, wanting to listen more even when I wasn't in my car driving. I would lie in bed just to listen to the book sometimes -- she really is a wonderful narrator.
I loved the first scene in Morocco -- it was vivid, bright, and it was that point when I fell in love with the book. Towards the end that love floundered a little bit, but I'm definitely on board to read the next installment.
The books series is interesting enough. I understand that it's young adult, and maybe I should be more forgiving of the romance, but in all honesty I'm just not that interested. I wish I could read a fantasy/mythical series without its characters falling in a love so powerful that it solves all problems.
This really caught me by surprise -- great world-building and cosmology (angels and demons are quite different from any way we've thought of them before), I felt my self pulled along by the sense of destiny and by wealth of mysteries surrounding the main character. A little disappointed to find it was the first in a trilogy, meaning that it ended before all the interesting questions and challenges have been resolved, but I wasn't disappointed with the book itself or having read it, and I will definitely continue on to see where things are going.
I like the best friend, just because she has a sort of wry Eastern European outlook ( a sort of black humor) that seemed very real, quite amusing.
The narration is so good that the characters feel almost like friends -- she doesn't just do voices, but really builds characters, with inflection and weightiness that give each a physicality. No sense of how that would come through in reading, but there's plenty of flippancy and humor to leaven most of the earnest and larger-than-life elements plenty well, so I suspect that the tone and feel would be similar. Really recommend considering this one for a listen though.
One caveat: I would say that the romantic yearning is a bit hard to listen to in the audiobook, just because it goes on for so long in a couple of places, but would probably not have bothered me were I reading it in print. It has the feel of something I would have reveled in as a 12-year-old girl (lots of abstract yearning, and focused admiration of each other's beauty, and wishing to touch, etc.) but was honestly a little impatient with as a middle-ager. But reviews indicate a bit less of that in book 2, so it's worth putting up with a few spots to get the fascinating story
Kept me up listening. I would sit in my car in front of my house just to listen a little longer and finally come in 30 min later. My neighbors must think I am a little batty.
Unique story line with great characters. Easy listen.
If the author had stuck to telling more of the story without all of the mushy, over-the-top romance inserted all over the place.
From YA fiction? No. From this series? Yes.
I ADORE Khristine Hvam. Especially her narration of the "Chronicles of Elantra" series.
Sure. I liked the premise of the story. The interaction between Seraphim and Chimera was an interesting idea, especially since both are considered "fictitious" beings. I also liked the imagined myths explaining the war between the two species.
I wanted to learn more about Akivah and I would have loved more story development. The flashbacks worked well and the author is definitely talented, but one more comment about melting or starlight and I'm going to be sick.
I would recommend it for reading in between more serious books. This is a bit of a crossover between YA and adult. Its incredibly gushily romantic at points, but at least is a bit more complicated than all the rest of the twilight-like nonsense around, and Karou is a strong female character.
It was a good performance by the narrator which made me stick with it, I think I would have put this down had I been reading it instead.
This is set up to have potentially been a great fantasy book, but unfortunately the author doesn't capitalize on the world she has created much and instead focuses mostly on the romance...a bit of a letdown.