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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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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-23-12
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "decent story, casual teen sex"
    Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

    yes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laini Taylor? Why or why not?

    yes.


    What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

    nothing. she was fine.


    Was Daughter of Smoke and Bone worth the listening time?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The only caveat I would offer is since the intended demographic is teenaged girls, the main character as a minor in high school should not be engaging in casual sex first with a fairly sleazy young man nor appearing so ready to jump in with both feet again with the hero. I like sex with context, thank you very much, and I very much dislike the trend of the publishing world to portray our children hopping from sex partner to sex partner just to sell books. This story does less of that than some, admittedly, and attempts to back track a little on this front, by having the mentor character chide his protégée for 'unnecessary penises' which I liked.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St George, UT, United States 04-20-13
    Amazon Customer St George, UT, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Smut"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eliminate the graphic sexuality in it.


    What could Laini Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminate the graphic sexuality in it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't know. I stopped listening fairly early into the story.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 11-13-12
    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gave up"

    I could not get through this book. I tried a few times to listen to it but the story was just too boring for me.

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    Robin Sacramento, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Robin Sacramento, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "it's a teenager book"
    Any additional comments?

    this book would probably appeal to teenagers, but too much starstruck, but wrong boy love.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kii Texas 06-06-12
    Kii Texas 06-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting book, a little frustrating at times."

    A few reviews likened this book to Twilight. Aside from the paranormal flavor and the star-crossed lovers, I don't see much overlap. Well, some of the ways the author references the main romantic relationship are pretty sappy. I think the book is on a more interesting and intelligent level than Twilight. I liked the story.
    The performance was lacking. The performer has two accents she uses and most of the scenes where the main character is experiencing wonder or melancholy, she just sounds flat. It really detracted from the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "I wanted to like it"

    I wanted to like this book but in the end, I thought it was just ok. There will definitely be a sequel but there was nothing compelling enough about the first installment to motivate me enough to be interested in reading the 2nd installment.

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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining to Listen to"

    This was a good book. I prefer Angel and Demon type books and this one was okay.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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