Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers - beautiful, haunted Akiva - fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
©2011 Laini Taylor (P)2011 Hachette Audio
No, I don't like romance novels.
She did a good job.
Definitely. The Swedish girl who was the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
There. Are. Not. Words.
Oh, fine, I'll find some. This book was amazing!
First, there's Karou. Spunky, lonely, blue-haired, Wishmonger's foster daughter Karou. And then, there's Akiva. Beautiful, fearsome, tortured, warrior angel Akiva. It's like a Romeo and Juliet story for paranormal fans. Star-crossed love! Wow! (that's not a spoiler because you could read it on the back of the book lol).
I loved the characters (spunky little Zuzanna the best). They were well-rounded, had great personalities and were incredibly believable (even Brimstone and the other chimaera). I loved the settings (you glimpse Prague with all its beauty, the little shop where Brimstone and the others work and where Karou was basically raised, and Akiva's world, Eretz. You catch little glimpses of it through multiple characters' eyes). The story flowed seamlessly from one event/point of view to the next.
As far as this book is concerned, I think the audio part of it really amplified the characters. Their different tones and accents. The reader, Khristine Hvam, did an amazing job with the voices. The whole experience of listening to the book definitely took it up a step.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal romance books. I loved just about everything about the book (the ending left me a teensy bit disappointed but I'm holding out hope that the one issue I had will be resolved in one of the next two books).
came across this book on accident, gave it a try, Happily Suprised! Great story with characters that you really cared about!
a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library
Characters alive and characterizations that make them feel like friends that you are getting to know. A twisty plot and fun and fury.
Kicked out of the refuge, waiting in the snow in vain reminded me of family relationships.
Khristine is a star. i cant wait to listen to more of her work.
I fell asleep at about 300 am and woke up as my pod hit the floor. Of course i did not go to bed, i slipped back a chapter and listened till dawn.
Love it, write more, send more asap!!!
I was able to lose myself in a story I could not put down.
When she flew for the first time it was incredible.
I liked how the ending was not just the romance all tied up into a nice package.
EVERYTHING! The depth and breadth of the world Laini Taylor created had me awestruck from start to finish.
Every single character was rich and colorful. The story and characters melded together and formed a rich tapestry.
Never, but she is WAY up there on my list of favorite narrators.
YES! I could not wait to go back to this world.
This book may be labeled as YA, but believe me, it is not just for Young Adults. This book is a novel that happens to have a teenage main character. If you like colorful, exciting, magical and compelling narratives then read this. Loved it loved it loved it!
I am an educator who reads and/or listens to lots of YA literature. Laini Taylor's writing is beautiful, and while I often find good writing in teen contemporary literature, it is a rare occasion when I find such strong writing in "popular" romantic fantasy, dystopian, etc. fiction. Because of that, I rank this book high on my list of YA literature.
Taylor's work ranks much higher than the Twilight series, and I prefer her novels to the Hunger Games trilogy because her beautiful writing and memorable characters sweep readers off to Prague and the lands of angels and demons. I also love Taylor's humor. In spite of tragic events, there is a layer of humor that endears those characters to readers. Love Zuzanna especially!
Difficult to decide, and so I'll move on to the next question.
I laugh out loud almost every time Zuzanna enters a scene. Love that little "assassin"!
Kristine Hvam is my new favorite narrator. From Brimstone to Mik and Zuzanna, she captures every characters' personalities perfectly! Love her accents - spot on!
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
The performance for the most part was excellent and the story was pretty good with a few flaws here and there. However I'd have to say I'd rank it somewhere near the middle. It wasnt the best I've ever listened to, but I still enjoyed it.
Maybe. There were some parts of this series that were reeeaaaallly drawn out. I kept channeling Monty Python's "Get on with it!" at some points. That being said, she did have some amazing imagery which I loved. The scenes were so quirky and unique. I liked it a lot other than those drawn out parts.
No but she did a great job! The only voice I didn't like was brimstone's. Other than that she was excellent.
The serpentine. And the secret meeting place. My god, that was beautiful.
This book is in my top 5. I didn't even realize how much I truly enjoyed it until the second book came out and I was positively giddy placing it in my Shopping Cart. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the perfect beginning to this trilogy. It creates a foundation while opening the possibilities for the storyline.
Hvam does an excellent job of capturing emotions with her shifts in tone. She is a talented reader and I look forward to listening to her again.
Heck yea! If I could have, I would have.
This series is not for the faint of heart especially once you get to the second installment. I would not recommend this book to someone who has an issue with violence. However, if you do not mind a little blood, this book is worthy of exploration.
In the end all of the questions came together. That was great to have all of the answers. It was well thought out.
She did excellent on so many characters. Brimstone was perfect, Zuzana was perfect, Razgut was perfect, Issa was perfect..... She did an excellent job on all of the characters.
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