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... :-)
Nurse working at being a nurse practitioner. The only way I have time to read for pleasure is audio books while I drive to work. I have always liked audio books.
Good writing. A little hard to follow the the back and forth of the time line. I will probably listen again just to get all the nuances of the story.
Reading the mixed reviews of both the book itself and the audio version I was hesitant to give this series a chance...I am SO glad I did! At first I didn't know how I felt about the story or the narrator, but after the first several chapters I was not only hooked, but in love! The story, characters, and narrator quickly grew on me and I found myself wanting more and more. At first the story seems almost childish, but as the characters and story develop it turns into something magical. Give this one a chance, and make sure you stick with it through the first several chapters and you will not be disappointed. The second book is even better! Can't wait for the third.
I am new to the audio book experience, but have continued with my audible.com subscription based on this series.
The breaking of the wishbone was heart wrenching.
She gave more depth to the characters - it was so easy to visualize the story. My oldest son was enthralled by her narration and would listen for hours on end with me. We finished this book over the course of a week. His favourite was her interpretation of Grimstone.
I don't think I would read another book from Laini Taylor. I may finish this particular series because it has great mythology, but it gets too bogged down in the sappiness of the romance. This novel tries too hard to be Romeo and Juliet, therefore losing all the urban fantasy aspects to a cheesy love story that feels forced.
The fantasy mythology is interesting and could be very rich, if the author made room for an actual plot. This story is advertised as an exciting story about angels and the underworld, but then gets SOOOO SLOWWW as it indulges in so many love scenes. Further, if this is supposed to be YA fiction, it is not age appropriate. There are too many references to sex for a younger child to read.
I feel like this was a great story that an editor picked apart to fit into today's "trends" rather than let the story organically flow.
If Audible is going to carry this series, it should at least provide all three books. I'm guessing I can live without the last book in the series, but it is incomplete.