Used to be a great reader, now i'm aspiring to be a great listener as well.
It is Romeo and Juliet meeting As You Like It, with elements of Hogwarts and Dumbeldor, tossed in beautiful language and expression. I enjoyed it.
I am not a "Twilight Teen" and I enjoyed this audiobook. It is well written and shows the authors extraordinary imagination. I wished there were more when it ended.
The performance was excellent.
Overall I was disappointed in this book. I thought the ideas were great and original but then about half way through the book became more of a teenage romance novel than an interesting and complex fantastical novel. This wouldn't have been so much of a problem (after all I loved the love story in "The Hunger Games" except that it completely took over the plot and the reader is taken through a history of the two lovers that was fairly cliche in its elements. And it ends with a cliff hanger--which I always find irritating if it seems like an obvious ploy to get you to get the next book.
I'll admit that I was a little skeptical as I started out with Karou on her journey. I had an overdose of YA in '11 and I didn't think I could stand anymore, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not your average YA novel. It starts off a bit like one but as you get deeper into the story, you become more engulfed in this world that Taylor has created and it doesn't really feel like YA much at all. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars from me was because I did find myself getting annoyed in the first half of the book with the build up to Akiva's reveal of his big secret, his overall moodiness and the drag that ensued while he knew all of the things that Karou needed to know but refused to divulge. But the second half of the book made up for it considerably. I really, really liked the parts where we get to hear from Madrigal and to keep from giving anything away, I'll stop there though I think you'll pick up plenty of clues as you read along. Very much looking forward to the next installment. Darn cliffhangers...
Audiobook review -- I really like the voice of the person who read this book. She did justice to all of the different characters, male and female alike though I found it funny that Brimstone, alien that he was, ended up sounding Carribean. LOL Especially since no other alien characters had accents
I admit I doubt I would ever have read this book in print, but my criteria for audiobooks include a great narrator and a plot that doesn't drag to help keep me alert on my long commute. The characters are well developed and the alternate "Elsewhere" world rich and cohessive enough to be intriguing. The romances were a bit cloying, but I know that is what romance is about when you are a teenager as the heroine and target audience are - so I forgive that. Overall quite entertaining.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
What is it that compels some authors to include irrelevant love stories in otherwise good books? I have no idea. Taylor has introduced a new world of magic and wishes that is truly amazing. The storyline is spectacular when dealing with that world, yet it gets a bit too muddied with the love story. I think the book would have done just fine on its own without the love story. Nevertheless, the ending of the book left me interested in reading the next one, and I can't wait for it to come out!
I've been striking out with YA lately (Delirium and Divergent I'm looking at you), but I am so glad that I picked this one up.
The first half of the book is much stronger than the second half. The set up here is phenomenal: great writing, an original setting, interesting characters, mysteries that are actually mysterious. I found that I didn't want to stop listening. For me, the book loses it's way a little when we get sidetracked into the romance in the second half. However, the world the author has created here is somewhere that I want to explore further and I am looking forward with great anticipation to the next book in this series.
Here's the thing, it is its own book. I cant put a comparison on it for the life of me. Completely unique experience.
I like how she breaths life into the story, her voice is very expressive. That shows in all of the wonderfully accented voices she gives us in this performance.
The dance and the sugar devouring shawl.
I really enjoyed the originality of the characters created to tell a star-crossed love story. Taylor's imagination is amazing as she creates a story told between a human world and a world full of magical beasts and angels.
The main character Karu is a tough young girl who travels the world on secret errands. Her transition from a young carefree girl who knows nothing of her past to discovering her true identity was fasinating.
Hvam as the narrator did a wonderful job using various voices for each character in the story. Her transition from a wise old half man, half bull beast back to a teenage girl was execllent.
How much would you sacrifice now to know who you were then?
Just a fun book, this is great for any romantic at heart. The author did such a fantastic job creating these two different worlds I truly cannot wait for the next book in this series! Please continue this series Ms. Taylor!