Daughter of Smoke and Bone was very much like any young teenager book that deals with couples who are 'fated' to be together in all of their lifetimes. I didn't feel that this take on the story was very original in terms of how the two people are in their past life and in their current lives. Their interactions are angst ridden and very clearly meant to mimic that of teenagers.
I felt that the reader was fabulous. While I didn't like the writer's story, the readers expression matched the plot lines and words well and with incredible feeling which is important for the story.
A wannabe riot.
This is one of the best books I've read (er...listened to) in a while. Quirky-yet-not-stereotypical heroine, supernatural creatures (including angels, which are always a favorite), magical elements, amazing world building (with the bonus of centering around Prague, which led to awesome accents on the audiobook!) - I could go on. I was captivated from the beginning, finding out about Karou and her mysterious past, as she finds out herself, as well as discovering how magic works in this world. Though some things are initially confusing and others left unexplained, I was captivated enough to immediately purchase the second one and pre-order the third (out next week). I cannot wait to see where this story goes and hope the other books live up to the expectations I've gained from this one!
(Audiobook specific: Hvam is one of the best narrators I've listened to on Audible and may have slightly increased my rating of the book; I am actually scoping out other books she's narrated to listen to more of her work!)
For the first half of the book we are shown an amazing world with a creative magic system and interesting characters. You spend most of that wondering if our main character really is a good guy or a bad guy. Then the angel comes in and its whining and wishing and longing to be together but stay apart. "I love you but I don't know why and I shouldn't". This alone is not enough to hate the book but for the entire second half nothing really happens and majority of the time it is just them boringly talking about how they want to be together...but cant.
The world really had me captured but unfortunately this author is nowhere near a romance writer.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a nicely dark urban fantasy featuring an unusual setting (Prague) and a variety of interesting characters. This is definitely a Romeo and Juliet story playing upon several mythos but at its heart a devil and demon pairing in the midst of a centuries old war.
Story: Karou is a human art student raised by 'monsters' - beasts made up of several different types of animals living in the underground. Then an angel appears trying to kill her and slaughter her friends/family, and she soon realizes that there is a lot more to her life and family then she ever knew. But will she learn enough in time to save those important to her - or even herself?
I fully understand why there are so many 5-star reviews for this book - it's decently written, interestingly dark, and makes a lot of moral dilemmas for the main characters. And yet, it never really captured me. Not enough happens and a lot is remembering a past that already happened - making half the book feel very passive. I listened to the audible version and I found myself oddly disconnected and even bored with the story. I didn't really like Karou, her friends, or the angel. As well, the villains were almost cookie cutter macho bad guys and the good guys just a bit too good. That lack of complexity warred with a story that was trying very hard to not be so simplistic.
I attribute my malaise more to my personal tastes and interests rather than the fault of the author, however. So for me it was a 2 star book but recognizing the appeal, I offset that against the 5 stars and find a 3.5 star rating.
Don't let my experience discourage you from this book - it is by no means a bad book at all and I can definitely see why so many enjoyed it.
After reading, and rereading this book in print I purchased it through audible. The narration is perfect. This is one you'll listen to over and over for the quality and complexity of the storytelling, the novelty of the setting, and the enjoyment of Khristine Hvam's narration.
I loved this book! Not at all what I was expecting and the description, cover and title doesn't do it justice! I adored Laini's writing and found it poetic and peaceful, though the plot was anything but.
I try try to never make my reviews like a blurb on the book, just the nitty gritty 411 on the book, so with that being said, READ THIS.
The main character is easy to follow and she has the perfect amount of strength and vulnerability to make her the perfect heroin, but my favorite character is her best friend Zuzana. All the characters were amazing though and the love story was perfect, and the ending, omg can you say cliff hanger! So glad I had the second one ready to go :)
This is a story filled with everything, all emotions. You want a fun read with plenty of laugh out loud moments? Then read this! You want a book with a little morbidity and plenty of action and adventure? Then read this! You want a book filled with poetic descriptions that read like silk? Then READ THE BOOK! Seriously just try it!
A warning the first couple chapters you feel like you are missing parts or a previous book, but just stick with it everything unfolds perfectly!
READ THIS BOOK! LOVE IT!!
I’m a Wife & Mother. I like reading Suspense, Classics and YA genre, but I occasionally venture out on a good recommendation. Ahem! Hint.
Unique, refreshing and Suspenseful.
Zuzanna- She was the comedic relief in this story. She and Karou had a perfect relationship. It reminded me of my High School days and My BFF..:)
It was a slow confusing start, but once the action began...It was very hard to focus on anything else.
Originally posted at:A Girl that Likes Books
It is a condition of monsters that they do not see themselves as such.
Why I read this book?
I got a very nice gift from Audible...a 10$ credit. This book turned out to be under that price and I've heard a lot of nice things for this series, so I figure let's give it a try!
What's the book about?
Set in Prague the story begins with Karou, a 17 year old artist that has a particular family...a family of chimeras. She knows about the world beyond, she believes in magic and she has seen some dark things in her life. But things are going to get weirder when she starts noticing hand shaped burnt marks in the portals that she uses to do her errands. What or who is doing this she doesn't know but this will change the way she sees herself from now on.
What about the characters?
I LOVED Zuzana as a side character, her humor, her expressions and her art was something I would love to see in real life. As for Karou, she had "typical" rebellious teenager attitudes which can be annoying at sometimes but it was compensated by her interactions with Brimstone and Zuzana, in general with the people she loves.
I liked the sense of being lost, so constant in Karou's attitude, even when she tried to hide it from her friends. I realize it is a weird think to like, but this made her more relatable to me, being a teenager is very easy to not be sure where you are going and why you are doing what you are doing, and in her particular case, the fact that half of her life takes place in a supernatural world makes that feeling even deeper.
The first half of the book is romance free, which I actually liked; it lets you get to know the main character. You want to learn about her back story and about the world her family comes from.
The second part is set in the chimaera world, Eretz. This part was beautiful to imagine!. The creatures described and the whole world were incredible in my imagination. I cannot talk much about it without giving away spoilers, but I will tell you that I enjoyed the descriptions and settings a lot.
The end caught me a bit by surprise; I was so concentrated into the wrld building I honestly didn't see that turn of events coming. But luckily for me, I already downloaded the second book, ready to start on 2014!
Khristine Hvam is an amazing narrator. The pace and tones were just perfect to each moment of the story, and I found her voices ideal for each character. Every time she talked as Razgut I got chill down my spine, that's how good she was.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Sometimes when I purchase a book, I find myself unable to get into it, which was the case of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Entertainment Weekly highly recommended it. I've tried to listen to this twice and have since found out it's supposed to be a movie. Perhaps I will watch the movie, andthen be able to read the series. Or maybe the author is able to describe what I cannot imagine. The fault is more than likely with me.
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
I really really liked this story. I usually prefer stories that are contemporary, set in present day and real time. I am honestly not one for high fantasy. However, this book was amazing. I loved how unique it felt. I have truly never read another book like it. The book is written in the third person, usually being told from the POV of that of Karou, but occasionally switching to Akiva. For me, the characters either make or break a book. I absolutely loved Karou. She was funny, intelligent, unique (to say the least) and genuinely a “good” person. She was witty and saracastic and never ceased to entertain me. Akiva was likable as well. He was raised in a brutal world of nothing but war and strife, and yet, he was kind and gentle. I liked how he was instantly protective of Karou even before he knew much about her. I found their story very believeable despite being about fantastical creatures like seraphim and chimaera. I loved the setting in this book as well. Prague was unique and ghostly; the hauntingly perfect place for such a story as this to seem real and possible. Zuzanna was another favorite character, too, of mine. Her dry humor was absolutely hilarious throughout the book. I ached for these characters. The plot kept me guessing and just when I, along with Karou, uncovered the past and the truth, my heart broke right along with her’s and Akiva’s. I am very glad there is a sequel to this book, because I so desperately want my HEA. A book that had a similiar feel to me, was Kristin Cashore’s Graceling. Both books are fantasy and have a strong female protagonist.