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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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    Paul United States 06-08-12
    Paul United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Fantastic characters, story and performance"
    What did you love best about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    The characters in this book are fantastic. From Brimstone and the rest of the chimera, to Karou and her human friends, and the angels, they all have unique characteristics and are brought to life in by both the author and the performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Khristine Hvam's performance is right up ther with Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter series. She breathes a different life into each character and gives them their own voice no matter how big or small their role. She treats them with respect and gives them a completeness that is hard to find in books with a large cast.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book makes me smile and warms the heart, but it also tears at the heart strings when the situation calls for it. It really runs the gammut of emotions


    Any additional comments?

    While I felt the ending was a little weak, I'm really excited to see wher Ms. Taylor takes the characters next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 02-25-12
    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 02-25-12

    Mommy of twins

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    "Khristine Hvam's narration is spot on!"

    Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is such a different kind of modern fantasy; it’s hard to know where to start. So I guess I gotta just jump right into it.

    I really liked this strange world Taylor created of humans, angels (Seraphim & Fallen) and mix of demon like creatures (pure & resurrected). The story takes place in “real” time and flash backs, as well as on earth (mostly Prague) and a demon realm.

    Although DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE fascinated me from the start, the story did rollercoaster a bit. I was immediately drawn in by the oddly captivating tattooed artist Karou; with her blue hair and magical ways, then Smoke and Bones lost me a little in the middle and yet, re-captivated me again with Akiva and Madrigal story. So yes, I really liked this new and innovative tale of Love and Brimstone (pun intended ~_*) but the lulls midway through, dragged the story some, preventing a 5 star over-the-top declaration of love from me.

    Slow bits aside, I did really love all the colorful characters and appreciated the uniqueness and imaginativeness of the story as a whole. I’d recommend DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE to any fan of curious dark worlds of demon creatures and angels... Oh yes and ‘love of overcoming’, of course.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 11-06-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 11-06-11 Member Since 2011

    Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?

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    "Very Enjoyable Fairytale"

    I really loved this book. I thought the characters of the chimera were really original and interesting. And the love story was brilliantly conceived. Can't wait for the next book. Laini Taylor does it again, and I also loved the reader.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Sweden 04-14-15
    Johan Sweden 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrifically cheesy romance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish this had been a mature, serious book for adults with a matching audio performance.


    What was most disappointing about Laini Taylor’s story?

    I was expecting a well-written, page-turner of a book about angels and demons, myths and conspiracies. Instead I found a poorly written romance novel for pre-pubescent girls. Massive disappointment.


    What didn’t you like about Khristine Hvam’s performance?

    Her voice-acting was terrible. I burst out loud every time she portrayed one of the local characters with an over-the-top, cheesy, East-European Dracula voice. Was she serious?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    I would have liked to remove all the dialogue, and replaced it with something that didn't make my wife and I laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    The marketing for this book is false. It states urban fantasy, but it is a cheesy, juvenile romance novel. Wish I could get my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah GRAND BLANC, MI, United States 07-26-13
    Sarah GRAND BLANC, MI, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lush writing & fabulous narration"

    Review originally posted at YA Love

    Audiobook Review:

    It took me some time to get into this book both physically (my first attempt at reading it) and aurally. I’m so thankful I kept with the audio because it is one of my favorite audiobooks. To put it simply, the narration is wonderful. Khristine Hvam used a believable accent and differentiated between each character so well that I was never questioning which character was speaking. I love listening to audiobooks when I’m getting ready for work, driving to and from work, and getting chores/cooking done. I know I really love an audiobook when I find myself making excuses to drive somewhere or to get more cleaning done, which is what I did while listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    Book Review:

    The first thing I want to say about Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that I love Laini Taylor’s beautiful use of vocabulary. Her writing is lush and vibrant. I don’t know if I would have appreciated it as much if I wasn’t listening to the audio, but it’s seriously wonderful. I’ve never read a book that uses vocabulary and description to the degree that Taylor does, at least not recently.

    The story itself is layered and engrossing. I love Karou and the incredible life she leads. She’s feisty, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but she’s vulnerable as well. I was a little lost during the Akiva back story, but when everything came together I was so impressed and excited. I’ll admit that the back story was beginning to bother me since I didn’t know where it was going, but it did make me love Akiva that much more.

    I’m not sure if any movie rights for Daughter of Smoke and Bone have been purchased, but I would love to see this story come to life on the big screen. I know a movie wouldn’t do it justice (they rarely do), but I think I’d still enjoy it just the same.

    If you decide to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I hope you, make sure you have a copy of Days of Blood & Starlight handy because you’ll want to start reading it as soon as you can!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-13
    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.

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    "Engrossing!"

    I really enjoyed this. It felt pretty substantial -- especially for a young adult novel -- with interesting characters, decent writing and a story that had some depth. I was kept completely engrossed by Khristine Hvam's narration. I've already downloaded the next book and can't wait to listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 01-11-13
    Rosemary 01-11-13

    Romi

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    "Inventive and well written"

    Very interesting and thought provoking story of prejudice, love and war. There's meat presented here for those who wish to ponder the beautiful and ugly in each soul, but it's wrapped into a pleasing package of fluid and unusual prose. The setting is described in lovely and haunting terms. The performance is very *very* good (brava on the male roles!), though I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars because of some jarring mispronunciations.

    The second half of the book lags in a series of flashbacks that - in my opinion - might have been more interesting broken up and scattered more. However, I can see the wisdom behind presenting them as they are, as well, so I have not rated the story down.

    Based on a simple overall concept, this is a creative and well written story: a very enjoyable bonbon of a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    01-10-13
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    "This is a MUST HAVE!!"

    Refreshing, totally unbound, well narrated, and just completely worth it! I quickly bought book 2 ( just couldn't wait for more credits to be added, I paid anyway) I am holding my breath for the next addition. I can't wait to see where this author goes with this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melissa TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-08-13
    melissa TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2014

    Acupuncture student with a long commute to school who loves quirky horror and sci-fi/fantasy

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    "I loved this!!"
    Where does Daughter of Smoke and Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this audio book! It was engaging and the narrator brought the characters to life


    What other book might you compare Daughter of Smoke and Bone to and why?

    I wish I knew as I loved it


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    she did a great job separating all of the characters and really making you feel like you knew each of them


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

    yes!! I was obsessed with it, I listen in my car when I commute and I found myself sitting in my driveway when I got home and not wanting to come inside because I was so into it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bakersfield, Ca, United States 01-06-13
    Elizabeth Bakersfield, Ca, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.

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    "good good good good good"

    Love the book and the series keep up the good work. cant wait for the next book. credit well spent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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