A really interesting premise. I read lots of paranormal fantasy and romance and this is new and different. I loved the writing style, the character building and the world building.
Just a book fool.
I could lick this book. The world building is phenomenal and oh so decadent! You will be hooked from the first chapter. Our heroine is smart funny and brave and you will fall in love with her and every other quirky character you meet. The ending is a little rough (for me) BUT I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT!
Mommy of twins
Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is such a different kind of modern fantasy; it’s hard to know where to start. So I guess I gotta just jump right into it.
I really liked this strange world Taylor created of humans, angels (Seraphim & Fallen) and mix of demon like creatures (pure & resurrected). The story takes place in “real” time and flash backs, as well as on earth (mostly Prague) and a demon realm.
Although DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE fascinated me from the start, the story did rollercoaster a bit. I was immediately drawn in by the oddly captivating tattooed artist Karou; with her blue hair and magical ways, then Smoke and Bones lost me a little in the middle and yet, re-captivated me again with Akiva and Madrigal story. So yes, I really liked this new and innovative tale of Love and Brimstone (pun intended ~_*) but the lulls midway through, dragged the story some, preventing a 5 star over-the-top declaration of love from me.
Slow bits aside, I did really love all the colorful characters and appreciated the uniqueness and imaginativeness of the story as a whole. I’d recommend DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE to any fan of curious dark worlds of demon creatures and angels... Oh yes and ‘love of overcoming’, of course.
Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first because of the unwanted sexual details of the heroine's misadventure with her disgusting exboyfriend. However, I held on because I had read her amazing "Blackbringer' series and I hoped it would get better. It did not disappoint me! She drew me in and held me captivated by her amazing fantasy world. The angels in this are not your traditional, religious angels. They are something else entirely, a whole different race involved in a war with monsters who aren't really monsters. i can't even fault her with the cliff hanger ending because the book is just that incredibly original and enjoyable.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I really loved this book. I thought the characters of the chimera were really original and interesting. And the love story was brilliantly conceived. Can't wait for the next book. Laini Taylor does it again, and I also loved the reader.
Lovely story and performance- You can just slip into this book and enjoy the interesting mix of myth, fable and religious symbols or just hang on for a fun ride in an different world.
I listened to it while prepping and painting my garage - Made the task a guilty pleasure vs dreaded chore.
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.
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I really enjoyed this. It felt pretty substantial -- especially for a young adult novel -- with interesting characters, decent writing and a story that had some depth. I was kept completely engrossed by Khristine Hvam's narration. I've already downloaded the next book and can't wait to listen!
Very interesting and thought provoking story of prejudice, love and war. There's meat presented here for those who wish to ponder the beautiful and ugly in each soul, but it's wrapped into a pleasing package of fluid and unusual prose. The setting is described in lovely and haunting terms. The performance is very *very* good (brava on the male roles!), though I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars because of some jarring mispronunciations.
The second half of the book lags in a series of flashbacks that - in my opinion - might have been more interesting broken up and scattered more. However, I can see the wisdom behind presenting them as they are, as well, so I have not rated the story down.
Based on a simple overall concept, this is a creative and well written story: a very enjoyable bonbon of a book.
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Refreshing, totally unbound, well narrated, and just completely worth it! I quickly bought book 2 ( just couldn't wait for more credits to be added, I paid anyway) I am holding my breath for the next addition. I can't wait to see where this author goes with this!