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.
Review originally posted at YA Love
It took me some time to get into this book both physically (my first attempt at reading it) and aurally. I’m so thankful I kept with the audio because it is one of my favorite audiobooks. To put it simply, the narration is wonderful. Khristine Hvam used a believable accent and differentiated between each character so well that I was never questioning which character was speaking. I love listening to audiobooks when I’m getting ready for work, driving to and from work, and getting chores/cooking done. I know I really love an audiobook when I find myself making excuses to drive somewhere or to get more cleaning done, which is what I did while listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
The first thing I want to say about Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that I love Laini Taylor’s beautiful use of vocabulary. Her writing is lush and vibrant. I don’t know if I would have appreciated it as much if I wasn’t listening to the audio, but it’s seriously wonderful. I’ve never read a book that uses vocabulary and description to the degree that Taylor does, at least not recently.
The story itself is layered and engrossing. I love Karou and the incredible life she leads. She’s feisty, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but she’s vulnerable as well. I was a little lost during the Akiva back story, but when everything came together I was so impressed and excited. I’ll admit that the back story was beginning to bother me since I didn’t know where it was going, but it did make me love Akiva that much more.
I’m not sure if any movie rights for Daughter of Smoke and Bone have been purchased, but I would love to see this story come to life on the big screen. I know a movie wouldn’t do it justice (they rarely do), but I think I’d still enjoy it just the same.
If you decide to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I hope you, make sure you have a copy of Days of Blood & Starlight handy because you’ll want to start reading it as soon as you can!
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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.
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!
Acupuncture student with a long commute to school who loves quirky horror and sci-fi/fantasy
I loved this audio book! It was engaging and the narrator brought the characters to life
I wish I knew as I loved it
she did a great job separating all of the characters and really making you feel like you knew each of them
yes!! I was obsessed with it, I listen in my car when I commute and I found myself sitting in my driveway when I got home and not wanting to come inside because I was so into it
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
Love the book and the series keep up the good work. cant wait for the next book. credit well spent
gripping, epic, poetic
character and dialogue
anything with Zuzana
the descriptive writing was phenomenal
I can't wait for #3.
The narrator, Khristine Hvam, was absolutely excellent. She read beautifully and the tone of her voice was a perfect fit. All the characters were uniquely portrayed and I found nothing at all to complain about as far as the audio went.
I was a little apprehensive to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Angel reads and I don't always have the most amicable relationship. Also, a few people who's opinion I trust did not fall in love with it. I think because of that I did not let the story fully engulf me until I was about a third of the way through the book. The characters were engaging from the start and the humor aspect was fun but it was a slightly slow start. However, once the story really started to develop it completely grabbed me.
Karou is anything but a typical young woman. She was raised by Chimera, demons ~ though she does not really understand that demons are really what they are. She grew up in a Wish Monger's shop and fetches him teeth whenever he is need. Yes, teeth. Teeth of all kinds, though she knows not what the teeth are for. In exchange he grants her wishes. Minor things, like her hair growing Peacock Blue or the sudden appearance, or disappearance, of tattoos.
Karou is a vivacious art student living in Prague, making up her life as she goes. She doesn't know who her parents were or where she came from. Her life is full of secrets and mystery yet, she is full of life and fun and a hard girl not to like. Though she is also utterly lonely inside the secrets she's forced to hold.
She has a wonderful best friend that warrants mention. Zuzana is a creative character and so, so much fun. She brings an element of lightness and playful cynicism. I adored her and think I would enjoy a book with her as the protagonist.
Karou's life changes entirely when the portals to her Chimera family are closed which coincides with Akiva (angel-boy) appearing in her life...and attempting to kill her.
Akiva will reveal answers to many of Karou's questions. Together they will unravel the mystery that is Karou and it will threaten to break them both.
Taylor writes with such a delicate hand. It has a nearly lyrical flow to it and I was enraptured by it. There were some shifts in points of view that did not always work though. Several times I became almost annoyed at the shift, it felt like we were rehashing too many details and I wanted the story to pick up its pace. I'm impatient that way... There is a ton of story here but there were times when the pacing was just not quick enough for me. Though, I think that may partially be because I couldn't wait to figure out where things were going. Again, I'm impatient that way.
By the end I was fully in love with many of the characters and the story itself. I am very excited to continue the series.