yes ! It may be a lot of those who do not like fantasy worlds but it had the wonderful mix of action, friendship and heart wrenching moments for me.
Akiva but only because he is my current book boyfriend haha. No but seriously his actions and love for Karou makes my heart flip and ache at the same time.
I do not write reviews as I have horrible grammar and don't know how to properly review. All I can do is share my feelings for the story and characters. So me submitting a review is a huge deal for me since that means I LOVED this book !
I found this book to be more engaging than the first. I felt like I really got to know each character better. I know others stated that they didn't like this book, but in retrospect I actually found it to be the best out of the trilogy.
This was a book that really peaked my interest and made me feel like I HAD TO KNOW what happens next.
Her narration really brought personality to each character.
There were a few moments between the main characters that moved me.
My only complaint is the numerous flash backs. A few can enhance a story, but pass that it's too much. Often I found myself thinking the book was out if sync only to find the first several minutes of the new chapter was a verbatim repeat of of something from a previous chapter.
The narrators performance adds just the right element to this truely amazing story. I was on the fence for the first book and got it in a 2 for 1 credit special. I fell in love instantly. Khristine's voice is perfect as is her accents for the characters. You always know who is talking and she really brings the pages to life.
Its so in depth without being overly graphic in its attention to detail. The story has a wonderful flow that isn't broken up by too descriptive landscapes.
No, this is a first and I will jump on the chance to listen to her again.
"Loose yourself in the world of Angels and Monsters"
Wonderful synergy of writing and performance! A perfect blend.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
The story is still engaging, but this book has a very different feel than the first. Probably because it takes place mostly amoung the non-Humans, it feels less relatable. On the whole it's still a good story, but not quite as captivating as the first. As always Zuzana is the high point.
I really enjoyed the performance, Hvam did an excellent job!
Karou - she has a lot of depth.
No, but I am now a fan!
Angels, devils, romance?
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I don't know why the author chose to be complete Debbie-Downer for the entire 15hours of this book. Daughter of Smoke of Bone was awesome Karou was blue haired spit fire that stood up to everyone including powerful angels. In this book she is completely desolate, weak, she has enslaved herself to her race and just completely relinquishes her power to others and forsaken her one true love. Sure people can become depressed when they feel betrayed, but Karou is completely self-destructive and doesn't snap out of it to fight back throughout the entire book. I know I'm not keen on listening to "Woe, is me..." for 15 hours, no thank you! I hope the author does an about-face for the next book, because I want the fighting confident spit fire back, enough with the Sorry-Sally story a person can only take so much negativity.
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books
Death souls dream only off death. [...] Small dreams for small men; it is life that expands to fill worlds, life is your master or death is
Why I read this book?
This is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a book I really enjoyed last year. Thanks to a gift from Audible I was able to get this one right before finishing the first and continue the story of Karou and Akiva
What's the book about?
The book takes place mostly in Eretz, the world of the Chimaera and the Seraphim. After Karou has learnt that her family is dead she goes back here to find and join the rebel army and helps them in the only way she knows: taking Brimstone's place. On the other side of the story we have Akiva, trying to deal with guilt and emptiness while trying to explain his new point of view to his brother and sister.
The first thing I have to say is Oh boy do I like Khristine Hvam as a narrator!.I have no problem whatsoever following the story and her different characters voices are spot on.
Now, as for the story, I liked the jump between characters so we could see the story from several POV; the story starts on a grim tone, which is just normal considering how the last book ended. The descriptions of new chimaera were exiting and the images of Eretz in my head were very nicely painted.
I'm wondering if the third book is going to talk about more about the Far Isles and the Stelians. Since the world building was so interesting in this installment I can only imagine how this part of Eretz will be like.
I have to say I quite enjoyed this book. It was not love story oriented, we do not get to see a lot of interaction between the main characters at the beginning and this was a good thing, exploring cruder sides of both main characters and the interactions with their respective sides. You could feel the pain, both physical (sometimes a bit too much) and psychological that Karou feels while getting into her new life and you can start to understand both Hazael and Liraz.
Zuzana and Mik are my favorite couple in a long time. Not only because of her, being funny and witty, but their relationship is sweet and feels...real of some sorts, like how I remember my teenage relationships (minus the traveling without apparently any money problems, but ignore that) all adoring and all over each other. And they have sex! Most of the YA books I've read have people kissing and that's pretty much it. Is not like this is a romance YA novel, that is not the focus of the story obviously, but it is nice to see a YA couple enjoying their sexuality.
I have nothing but disgust for the characters of Joram and Jael, but I will not elaborate much on this point not to give away spoilers.
I think the fact that I like the most about this book and the series in particular is that although it has 2 main characters the story is not necessarily weaved solely around them. Showing side characters caught in the war gives a different perspective and it evolves into a book that touches war, politics slavery and racism in a heartfelt way. It is not a love story, albeit there is love between couples, friends, communities, but the story of two groups forced to remain at war by leaders that know nothing but war.
I am looking forward the third book and I will read the novella since, as I stated before, I am a Zuzana fan.
There is intimacy in pain. Anyone who has confronted it or suffered it knows how it
How much the world has changed and all the twists and turns weaved into the story.
Mick and Zuz lol, they are my favorite, But honestly the whole story was epic.
It definitely brought on emotions, and that was because of both the smooth telling by narrator and poetic writing by the author.
READ THIS SERIES!
The title says it all. I adored the first book in this series. The 2nd book started out depressing and it ended depressing. I had to force myself to finish listening, I kept thinking, finally, now something good will happen, but nope, one miserable disappointing plot development after another. If you like tragedies, this one is for you.
I love to read but mainly have time to listen.
It is a fun fantasy series with a strong woman as the lead in the story. The love story and friendships developed thru the series are wonderful and several characters just make me laugh. I' ready for the next book.
City of Bones
Not at first. It started slow but once in to it, yes.