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
Laini Taylor weaves a beautiful tale until she gets sidetracked and fails to recover the threads of the story before ending the book too abruptly.
Using simple words, beautiful writing and rich metaphors, Laini Taylor lays down the foundation for an amazing adventure. The witty, quick banter between Karou and her best friend, Zuzana, is light and refreshing. In contrast, Karou's pursuit of teeth on behalf of her "family" of monsters, her questions concerning who she is and how she came to live with them and the fantastic magical doors to different places in the world, is thrilling and exciting. The arrival of Akiva and the marking of the magical doors add to the intensity and complexity of the story.
Once the stage is set, however, the overall flow falls apart. The introduction of the world where Akiva and the “monsters” come from feels rushed. The Karou/Akiva romance feels false and forced. Things get worse when too much time is spent in the "flashback" Akiva/Madrigal story at the cost of further development of the Akiva/Karou story, and then, the book just ends.
Despite the abrupt ending and disappointing overall development, I enjoyed the writing, quotes and metaphors so much, that I plan to give "Days of Blood and Starlight" a try. I hope that Ms. Taylor can salvage a very promising story.
Are angels the good guys & devils bad? How does one end a war that has gone on for generations? The story has a one-true-love aspect to it in a somewhat Romeo & Juliet twisted way. I did keep wondering where it was going to go next, but sometimes found the pacing a bit drawn out & dawdling like a romance novel. The author had a lovely voice, but she sometimes pronounced classical literature words in a way that was new to me. Overall I give it a three out of 5 stars, like but not love.
This story just sucked me in. The twists and turns were perfect. I was both frustrated and relieved that it was to be continued: Frustrated because I have to wait for the rest and relieved that it wasn't over.
The publishers summary doesn't do the book any justice. I'm very excited about this book because it is the first book I've read in a while with a very unique plot. The book is a combination of fantasy, romance and mystery (the mystery is very slight, tho).
I can't wait for the next book. This author is going on my watch list, so I can grab up any book she writes in future.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
I really liked this one, it drew me in with the different world and vibrant characters! there isn't alot of fast paced action but the story moved quickly for me. i felt it was unique, and Laini Taylor is a great story teller. the narration was very good for me, i liked her differnet accents, they were distinct between characters, i thought she did a good job. Yes the romance was definately of the romeo juliet kind, both from different "familes" but unique that it wasn't boring. the end left you wanting more, cant wait to find out what happens next.
oh yes i would it is a wonderful book it has all your emotions in a whirlwind.. i can not wait for book 2. Days of blood and starlight coming out nov.6th 2012,.
how they fight through so many distractions and differences in their lives and see why their people can not get along, ..
great job kept my attention all the way through i hope she reads the next one too.. i hate when they change the narrater .
yes i laughed and was suprised and then hurt for karou and akiva.
i can't hardly wait til the 2nd book comes i sure hope on Nov. 6th audible has it and i don't have to wait any longer..it is an awesome story about how 2 people can overcome their backgrounds and come together no matter what their family throws at them..plus it leaves you hanging and wondering whats gonna happen,,,,
Used to be a great reader, now i'm aspiring to be a great listener as well.
It is Romeo and Juliet meeting As You Like It, with elements of Hogwarts and Dumbeldor, tossed in beautiful language and expression. I enjoyed it.
I am not a "Twilight Teen" and I enjoyed this audiobook. It is well written and shows the authors extraordinary imagination. I wished there were more when it ended.
The performance was excellent.
Overall I was disappointed in this book. I thought the ideas were great and original but then about half way through the book became more of a teenage romance novel than an interesting and complex fantastical novel. This wouldn't have been so much of a problem (after all I loved the love story in "The Hunger Games" except that it completely took over the plot and the reader is taken through a history of the two lovers that was fairly cliche in its elements. And it ends with a cliff hanger--which I always find irritating if it seems like an obvious ploy to get you to get the next book.
I'll admit that I was a little skeptical as I started out with Karou on her journey. I had an overdose of YA in '11 and I didn't think I could stand anymore, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not your average YA novel. It starts off a bit like one but as you get deeper into the story, you become more engulfed in this world that Taylor has created and it doesn't really feel like YA much at all. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars from me was because I did find myself getting annoyed in the first half of the book with the build up to Akiva's reveal of his big secret, his overall moodiness and the drag that ensued while he knew all of the things that Karou needed to know but refused to divulge. But the second half of the book made up for it considerably. I really, really liked the parts where we get to hear from Madrigal and to keep from giving anything away, I'll stop there though I think you'll pick up plenty of clues as you read along. Very much looking forward to the next installment. Darn cliffhangers...
Audiobook review -- I really like the voice of the person who read this book. She did justice to all of the different characters, male and female alike though I found it funny that Brimstone, alien that he was, ended up sounding Carribean. LOL Especially since no other alien characters had accents
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