I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I passed on this for so long and now I am kicking myself. This book is awesome! Its uniqueness blew me away. Its getting so hard to find things that are truly unique anymore. Not that I mind my traditional urban/para books, but its refreshing to hear something completely new.
I can't think of anything else like it and that is a good thing.
Let's just say things got a little bit itchy.
Actually, for the first time in awhile with a new book, yes.
I am SO bummed this is only a trilogy. I love the world and the characters. I guess too much of a good thing is bad, but I love this, and wish it could stay longer than 3 books.
I have not read the print version, but I would definitely purchase it just to have this book and it's companions in my personal library.
I love they way Laini wrote this story...it was like nothing I have ever read and was not what I was expecting. I love the witty humor and tender sweetness between the characters. I love the world that she created and how she combined both mythical and mundane pasts and present. It was fantastic!
no, it stopped being fun when the love interest showed up. the heroin basically turned into a bella swan at that point. it was so much fun up until then.
The story was good, i liked many of the characters. the protagonist wasn't a total stereotype, just most of one. i did enjoy alot of the other cast, had to stop reading when her "true love" showed up.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was very much like any young teenager book that deals with couples who are 'fated' to be together in all of their lifetimes. I didn't feel that this take on the story was very original in terms of how the two people are in their past life and in their current lives. Their interactions are angst ridden and very clearly meant to mimic that of teenagers.
I felt that the reader was fabulous. While I didn't like the writer's story, the readers expression matched the plot lines and words well and with incredible feeling which is important for the story.
A wannabe riot.
This is one of the best books I've read (er...listened to) in a while. Quirky-yet-not-stereotypical heroine, supernatural creatures (including angels, which are always a favorite), magical elements, amazing world building (with the bonus of centering around Prague, which led to awesome accents on the audiobook!) - I could go on. I was captivated from the beginning, finding out about Karou and her mysterious past, as she finds out herself, as well as discovering how magic works in this world. Though some things are initially confusing and others left unexplained, I was captivated enough to immediately purchase the second one and pre-order the third (out next week). I cannot wait to see where this story goes and hope the other books live up to the expectations I've gained from this one!
(Audiobook specific: Hvam is one of the best narrators I've listened to on Audible and may have slightly increased my rating of the book; I am actually scoping out other books she's narrated to listen to more of her work!)
For the first half of the book we are shown an amazing world with a creative magic system and interesting characters. You spend most of that wondering if our main character really is a good guy or a bad guy. Then the angel comes in and its whining and wishing and longing to be together but stay apart. "I love you but I don't know why and I shouldn't". This alone is not enough to hate the book but for the entire second half nothing really happens and majority of the time it is just them boringly talking about how they want to be together...but cant.
The world really had me captured but unfortunately this author is nowhere near a romance writer.
After reading, and rereading this book in print I purchased it through audible. The narration is perfect. This is one you'll listen to over and over for the quality and complexity of the storytelling, the novelty of the setting, and the enjoyment of Khristine Hvam's narration.
I loved this book! Not at all what I was expecting and the description, cover and title doesn't do it justice! I adored Laini's writing and found it poetic and peaceful, though the plot was anything but.
I try try to never make my reviews like a blurb on the book, just the nitty gritty 411 on the book, so with that being said, READ THIS.
The main character is easy to follow and she has the perfect amount of strength and vulnerability to make her the perfect heroin, but my favorite character is her best friend Zuzana. All the characters were amazing though and the love story was perfect, and the ending, omg can you say cliff hanger! So glad I had the second one ready to go :)
This is a story filled with everything, all emotions. You want a fun read with plenty of laugh out loud moments? Then read this! You want a book with a little morbidity and plenty of action and adventure? Then read this! You want a book filled with poetic descriptions that read like silk? Then READ THE BOOK! Seriously just try it!
A warning the first couple chapters you feel like you are missing parts or a previous book, but just stick with it everything unfolds perfectly!
READ THIS BOOK! LOVE IT!!
I am a True Book Fiend.....Any suggestions?
Unique, refreshing and Suspenseful.
Zuzanna- She was the comedic relief in this story. She and Karou had a perfect relationship. It reminded me of my High School days and My BFF..:)
It was a slow confusing start, but once the action began...It was very hard to focus on anything else.
Originally posted at:A Girl that Likes Books
It is a condition of monsters that they do not see themselves as such.
Why I read this book?
I got a very nice gift from Audible...a 10$ credit. This book turned out to be under that price and I've heard a lot of nice things for this series, so I figure let's give it a try!
What's the book about?
Set in Prague the story begins with Karou, a 17 year old artist that has a particular family...a family of chimeras. She knows about the world beyond, she believes in magic and she has seen some dark things in her life. But things are going to get weirder when she starts noticing hand shaped burnt marks in the portals that she uses to do her errands. What or who is doing this she doesn't know but this will change the way she sees herself from now on.
What about the characters?
I LOVED Zuzana as a side character, her humor, her expressions and her art was something I would love to see in real life. As for Karou, she had "typical" rebellious teenager attitudes which can be annoying at sometimes but it was compensated by her interactions with Brimstone and Zuzana, in general with the people she loves.
I liked the sense of being lost, so constant in Karou's attitude, even when she tried to hide it from her friends. I realize it is a weird think to like, but this made her more relatable to me, being a teenager is very easy to not be sure where you are going and why you are doing what you are doing, and in her particular case, the fact that half of her life takes place in a supernatural world makes that feeling even deeper.
The first half of the book is romance free, which I actually liked; it lets you get to know the main character. You want to learn about her back story and about the world her family comes from.
The second part is set in the chimaera world, Eretz. This part was beautiful to imagine!. The creatures described and the whole world were incredible in my imagination. I cannot talk much about it without giving away spoilers, but I will tell you that I enjoyed the descriptions and settings a lot.
The end caught me a bit by surprise; I was so concentrated into the wrld building I honestly didn't see that turn of events coming. But luckily for me, I already downloaded the second book, ready to start on 2014!
Khristine Hvam is an amazing narrator. The pace and tones were just perfect to each moment of the story, and I found her voices ideal for each character. Every time she talked as Razgut I got chill down my spine, that's how good she was.