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.
If I had listened to another book
The whole story was just so lame. I tried to get into it and kept thinking, "Oh I think it's going to get interesting now." But then it didn't. It was just a little too reminiscent of other books, but at the same time slow and hard to get into.
Nothing specifically bad about the performance but nothing memorable either
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. She's the main character and I didn't care what happened to her at all.
I was tempted to ask for a refund, that's how much I disliked it.
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.
The plot of this book caught me eye, along with alot of good reviews which were worth their merit.
The book is well written in terms of the characters and environment, introduces you to a unique young lady who doesn't know anything really about her past or the pseudo family that she loves or the chore she is consistently asked complete. We step into the murky world of angels and chimeera (which are not demons in this case, just different from angels) embattled in a war that began with their ancestors for reasons that no longer exist. And our star crossed lovers enter the picture -an angel and mystery girl.
I have not given away the plot, there is so much more inside, definitely a whole new universe has to be explained in the second book which is out. I however hold to my assessment that this is not a young adult book, there are sexual over and undertones throughout this book. Also the topic of angels and what are basically demons, are much more on the real side than the very fictional vampires, werewolves and ghouls, and can and will confuse a young person who is not inclined to understand that is a complete and total work of fiction. There are other options out there for fantasy YA, this one is really on the border. However it is a good read otherwise and I look forward to seeing what else is in store.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
This book has been sitting in my wish list since it came out. I kept on pushing it aside to read something else. I am so glad I finally listened to it. I enjoyed it right from the start. There where times that where a little slow and drawn out, but the overall story makes up for it.
I liked the narrarator for the most part. The fake accent was a little hard to listen to at first, but I got use to it quickly. I am looking forward to the next book!
This was a really wonderful idea. Both worlds and characters were well thought out and interesting. I would have loved spending more time learning about all of them. Unfortunatly this book is first and foremost a love story. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not my thing. I think there is a huge segment of people who would love it for just that reason. I'd love if there was another book which mainly took place in the other world. I suppose maybe the second book does that.
“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... :-)