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!!
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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.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Sometimes when I purchase a book, I find myself unable to get into it, which was the case of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Entertainment Weekly highly recommended it. I've tried to listen to this twice and have since found out it's supposed to be a movie. Perhaps I will watch the movie, andthen be able to read the series. Or maybe the author is able to describe what I cannot imagine. The fault is more than likely with me.
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
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.