“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a refreshing change from the "angel" genre. It was an entirely different story altogether. As much as I enjoyed having something unique to listen to, the author had given a review at the conclusion of the book. The doubt and lack of confidence Laini Taylor admits to in her difficulties of writing gives ME doubt to continue the series. Looking back on the story after hearing this, I realized the lack of direction and thought process in the storyline. I sill enjoyed the book but do not recommend using a credit.
Loved, loved, LOVED this story. We meet Karou, a 17 year old art student living in Prague. Her bright blue hair grows out of her head that way (!) and she has no memory of any human family. The only "family" that she does have are her father figure Brimstone and his half-snake assistant Issa, along with other monstrous creatures Yasri and Twiga. Karou carries around a notebook, where she makes drawings of these creatures, along with drawings of angels' wings. She eventually meets an angel, Akiva, and as their relationship unfolds, their history is revealed, along with deep pain, betrayal, and lifetimes of regret. This is a wonderful story that really paints a picture of another time, another place. I loved it and was so sad when it ended. Sigh... :-)
Nurse working at being a nurse practitioner. The only way I have time to read for pleasure is audio books while I drive to work. I have always liked audio books.
Good writing. A little hard to follow the the back and forth of the time line. I will probably listen again just to get all the nuances of the story.
Reading the mixed reviews of both the book itself and the audio version I was hesitant to give this series a chance...I am SO glad I did! At first I didn't know how I felt about the story or the narrator, but after the first several chapters I was not only hooked, but in love! The story, characters, and narrator quickly grew on me and I found myself wanting more and more. At first the story seems almost childish, but as the characters and story develop it turns into something magical. Give this one a chance, and make sure you stick with it through the first several chapters and you will not be disappointed. The second book is even better! Can't wait for the third.
I am new to the audio book experience, but have continued with my audible.com subscription based on this series.
The breaking of the wishbone was heart wrenching.
She gave more depth to the characters - it was so easy to visualize the story. My oldest son was enthralled by her narration and would listen for hours on end with me. We finished this book over the course of a week. His favourite was her interpretation of Grimstone.
I don't think I would read another book from Laini Taylor. I may finish this particular series because it has great mythology, but it gets too bogged down in the sappiness of the romance. This novel tries too hard to be Romeo and Juliet, therefore losing all the urban fantasy aspects to a cheesy love story that feels forced.
The fantasy mythology is interesting and could be very rich, if the author made room for an actual plot. This story is advertised as an exciting story about angels and the underworld, but then gets SOOOO SLOWWW as it indulges in so many love scenes. Further, if this is supposed to be YA fiction, it is not age appropriate. There are too many references to sex for a younger child to read.
I feel like this was a great story that an editor picked apart to fit into today's "trends" rather than let the story organically flow.
If Audible is going to carry this series, it should at least provide all three books. I'm guessing I can live without the last book in the series, but it is incomplete.
Happiness is a good book!
It's a great second installment in the series. It's a story about a war between two very different societies. The thing is, I loved & understood both sides. Looking forward to the next in the series. Love the narrator & the characters. AWESOME.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While not the best writing/prose, the story was interesting and fun. Well read too. Overall I would highly recommend if you are looking for an entertaining story
Interesting read! A lot of books are predictable but not these two books! Enjoyed both very much!
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Such a unique story.
She's an excellent narrator!! She voices male characters very well.
There are surprise twists in the story kept it very interesting!
Can't wait for a third book!