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Daughter of Smoke and Bone | [Laini Taylor]

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-11-12
    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Different kind of YA book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a book I was not super into throughout but felt compelled to finish because it was somewhat interesting. There were a few questions early on that kept me listening because I wanted to know the answers. If not for them, I may have ditched earlier. Very different than the typical YA book. Odd places, scenarios, characters. Sometimes so odd I had a hard time relating but interesting enough so that I wanted to know more. I will not be getting the sequel though as I do not really care what happens to anyone :(


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    Pauly Morefuss Canada 09-14-12
    Pauly Morefuss Canada 09-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    It would help a great deal if Audible would tell the customers what audience a book is written for: children, tweeners, teens, adult, etc.

    Reviews and descriptions are too general and make it difficult to really know what you're buying. Seems like the "rave" reviews are "above the fold".

    It would be interesting to know the average age of the book's readership.

    Unfortunately, I would not have liked this book as a teenager, either.

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 08-29-12
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "Young adult fantasy/romance"

    At first, the narrator confused/annoyed me. She has a pronounced American accent, and she speaks flippantly and with a hint of amusement. Then I realized the main character is a teenager. Spot on!

    The story follows Karoo, a mysterious (even to herself) teenager with some interesting, supernormal family who can provide her with "wishes" of varying power in return for her running errands in the human world. The story establishes this kooky situation, then shakes it up with the appearance of angel "seraphim," who don't seem angelic at all to the heroine and her family.

    The book follows Karoo as she falls in forbidden/angsty teenage love with one of the angels while trying to unravel the mystery of who she is. Her back story is interesting; the story of the supernatural world is much more so. The love story was not nearly as cloying as Twilights, and I think would appeal to teenage girls. It didn't bother me too much. Felt rather natural, which is a high compliment for a young adult book.

    It's also full of cute amusing sardonic teenage observations.

    The narrator faltered a little when voicing Czech and Brimstone voices. Her accent for Czech was generic slav, and for Brimstone she sounded almost like she was choking. But it was not too bad, and made it easy to tell the characters apart. She did a great job of keeping her accents straight - crisp transition to American narrator voice.

    I liked this book! I want to hear what happens next (seemed left open for a sequel).

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    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12
    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Childish and predictable"

    Where do I begin--the story is a stretch even for the most ardent sci-fi fan, the plot is predictable from the very beginning, the narration is "high school drama club" with a touch poorly rendered "Boris and Natasah" and the final testament, I fell asleep in the last three chapters and didn't even care to rewind. Not for anyone over the age of 12.

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    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 05-25-12
    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

    wheee

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    "I've heard it before, and better"

    I enjoyed this book. I found it to be a well-paced fantasy novel about a girl who balances her "normal" life at an European art school with her secret past as a demon's errand girl.
    However, it was most certainly a "secret princess" fantasy through-and-through despite the specific details, and the details of this story certainly weren't memorable enough to make it stand out from any of the others.

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    Trisha PRINCETON, NJ, United States 04-01-12
    Trisha PRINCETON, NJ, United States 04-01-12

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    "Well written, well performed, but eh...."
    Where does Daughter of Smoke and Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far I've only downloaded 2 and the other was cyteen which was superbly boring and poorly read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Kaz because he was an idiot, and made for comical relief


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice of the fallen angel and of Karou were really good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Kind of.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had amazingly well written prose, I tip my writers hat to her. The plot was good, though a bit well winded in parts especially in the part of the retelling of Madrigal's tale. My only complaint was of the character Akivah, dude seemed a little too good to be true, and a bit of a p---y.

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    Sarah Bristolville, OH, United States 03-31-12
    Sarah Bristolville, OH, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2009

    Reader, writer, listener. Thank God for audiobooks!

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    The classic love story with a new spin...yawn. The small things about this story were interesting, but the overall premise I find to be rather over done.

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    Sade Ohio 03-31-12
    Sade Ohio 03-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    The classic love story with a new spin...yawn. The small things about this story were interesting, but the overall premise I find to be rather over done.

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    Robert Morse Lexington, MA USA 03-17-12
    Robert Morse Lexington, MA USA 03-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't believe that this is getting good reviews!"
    What was most disappointing about Laini Taylor’s story?

    Despite reading the plot synopsis and reviews, I somehow missed the fact that this is a young adult fantasy/romance. If you love reading long-winded descriptions of the chiseled face and bulging muscles of a drop-dead gorgeous male angel, you'll enjoy this book. I didn't. Add to that the story drags for the second half, and I can't believe the consistently good reviews that it is getting. On top of that, I was frustrated that the book didn't tell a complete story - this book stops in the middle with the words


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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-16-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "You really need to be teenage."

    There are some fun premises in this book but the love scenes are past annoying and awful. You've got really ancient creatures behaving like Heathers. I'm not terribly sorry I read it, but it's not a thing I'll reread. I would think a lovesick teen age girl would think it was wonderful.

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