This is an interesting story, well developed if a bit heavy at times. This first volume sets up what looks to be a star-crossed love story with a fantastical war in a parallel world as its backdrop. There aren't a lot of surprises, but the characters are interesting and it's engaging to watch the details unfold. The author lays it on a bit thick a bit too often, though. The reader does an excellent job, particularly in bringing to light the side-kick/best-friend character who both brightens and lightens the atmosphere.
Narrators can make a dull book passable or turn a decent book into a nightmare. This book has too notch narration, making an already superb book, phenomenal.
This is the best start to a series I've encountered in a long long time. It's unique and interesting. The premise is a little hard to wrap your head around at first, but once you immerse yourself in the story it's phenomenal.
I love Karou and Zuzana
The accents are great and the storytelling is engaging.
First of all, the narrator is superb. I tend to follow narrators, listening to everything within my genres of interest. I would listen to anything Khristine Hvam did.
I was a little worried at first because I'm not much of a young adult book reader, and thought this would be a little youthful for my tastes, and boy was I wrong. I ate the book hungrily, and then came back and bought the other two before I was even finished with the first - I didn't want any break between books!
This is one of those stories that makes you wish there was more....give me more! This was superbly written. I'm off now to see what else Laini Taylor has written.
The novel is well written, loved the concept of the story and I really liked the romance between the angel and karue. I understand fully the two worlds and I think that the story is unique. would recommend.
Very well written and exceptionally well narrated. A story that kept me interested and guessing most of the way through. There were a few places where I wish it had moved just a little faster (3 chapter long flashbacks are jarring. I would have preferred more, shorter flashbacks so we could stay intimate with the main plot). I waited to to get the rest of the series until after I finished this one, so that's telling 😀
Excellent Narrator and very well written, this book starts off the series in a way that literally paints an entire landscape for the reader. As the book goes on it unwinds a wonderful story with both happiness and pain. Must get this series!
Both on several occasions
Wow, I am not sure what to say about this story. It is really tragic, the epitome of what war and hate is about. This is Romeo and Juliet in an otherworldly fashion.
The writing painted a beautiful picture of the world and lives of the characters as well as the essence of them. I found myself torn between right and wrong, good and evil. It seemed that the light and dark roles were reversed to me and I am not sure how I feel about that. I might have to reread it to fully understand all of it. It invokes a lot of contemplation. The cliffhanger ending made me immediately check to see if the next one was available at my library, if not I would buy it. (I am glad I did not start reading this series until they were all written)
I listened to the audio-book and found that I had to pay attention at times during the frequent shift in time periods.
Though advertised as a YA book, this story is not for children. Due to mature themes and some sexual situations I would recommend it for older teens and over. I found it read more as an adult book to me.