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!
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
The characters in this book are fantastic. From Brimstone and the rest of the chimera, to Karou and her human friends, and the angels, they all have unique characteristics and are brought to life in by both the author and the performance.
Khristine Hvam's performance is right up ther with Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter series. She breathes a different life into each character and gives them their own voice no matter how big or small their role. She treats them with respect and gives them a completeness that is hard to find in books with a large cast.
The book makes me smile and warms the heart, but it also tears at the heart strings when the situation calls for it. It really runs the gammut of emotions
While I felt the ending was a little weak, I'm really excited to see wher Ms. Taylor takes the characters 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.
In my heart, I believe that all fiction authors are gods. They create worlds and give life to people who only live in them.
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.
This book is exciting, lovely, tragic, mysterious, sad, beautiful, and more. The writing is so rich and beautiful that I could picture it all perfectly in my imagination as if I were actually there... and I wanted to be! Before discovering her past, Karou had such a unique and intriguing life that it made me want to be a part of it. The way the mysteries unfolded was so interesting and kept me wanting more. And the narrator was perfect with both male and female voices. Karou and Brimstone sounded just how I would have imagined them. I can't wait to start the next book! Oh, and I have to disagree with another reviewer about the teenage angst. I did not feel that it was angst-y. In fact, I was so relieved to find that there wasn't much angst at all, just enough to make it interesting.
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!