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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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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 03-22-13

Enjoyable!!!!

This book has been sitting in my wish list since it came out. I kept on pushing it aside to read something else. I am so glad I finally listened to it. I enjoyed it right from the start. There where times that where a little slow and drawn out, but the overall story makes up for it.

I liked the narrarator for the most part. The fake accent was a little hard to listen to at first, but I got use to it quickly. I am looking forward to the next book!

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  • Jon
  • Mt Prospect, IL, United States
  • 03-06-13

Not really my thing

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This was a really wonderful idea. Both worlds and characters were well thought out and interesting. I would have loved spending more time learning about all of them. Unfortunatly this book is first and foremost a love story. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not my thing. I think there is a huge segment of people who would love it for just that reason. I'd love if there was another book which mainly took place in the other world. I suppose maybe the second book does that.

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  • Cori
  • TELLICO PLAINS, TN, United States
  • 02-15-13

Lack of Direction and Thought Process

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a refreshing change from the "angel" genre. It was an entirely different story altogether. As much as I enjoyed having something unique to listen to, the author had given a review at the conclusion of the book. The doubt and lack of confidence Laini Taylor admits to in her difficulties of writing gives ME doubt to continue the series. Looking back on the story after hearing this, I realized the lack of direction and thought process in the storyline. I sill enjoyed the book but do not recommend using a credit.

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Wonderful fantasy!

Loved, loved, LOVED this story. We meet Karou, a 17 year old art student living in Prague. Her bright blue hair grows out of her head that way (!) and she has no memory of any human family. The only "family" that she does have are her father figure Brimstone and his half-snake assistant Issa, along with other monstrous creatures Yasri and Twiga. Karou carries around a notebook, where she makes drawings of these creatures, along with drawings of angels' wings. She eventually meets an angel, Akiva, and as their relationship unfolds, their history is revealed, along with deep pain, betrayal, and lifetimes of regret. This is a wonderful story that really paints a picture of another time, another place. I loved it and was so sad when it ended. Sigh... :-)

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so full of action you have to take it slow

Good writing. A little hard to follow the the back and forth of the time line. I will probably listen again just to get all the nuances of the story.

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Really fell in love with this book!

Reading the mixed reviews of both the book itself and the audio version I was hesitant to give this series a chance...I am SO glad I did! At first I didn't know how I felt about the story or the narrator, but after the first several chapters I was not only hooked, but in love! The story, characters, and narrator quickly grew on me and I found myself wanting more and more. At first the story seems almost childish, but as the characters and story develop it turns into something magical. Give this one a chance, and make sure you stick with it through the first several chapters and you will not be disappointed. The second book is even better! Can't wait for the third.

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  • Laurie
  • Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-05-13

Completely Lost in a Beautiful World!

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

I am new to the audio book experience, but have continued with my audible.com subscription based on this series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

The breaking of the wishbone was heart wrenching.

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

She gave more depth to the characters - it was so easy to visualize the story. My oldest son was enthralled by her narration and would listen for hours on end with me. We finished this book over the course of a week. His favourite was her interpretation of Grimstone.

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  • Kr
  • 02-04-13

This is a Glorified Romance Novel!

Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

I don't think I would read another book from Laini Taylor. I may finish this particular series because it has great mythology, but it gets too bogged down in the sappiness of the romance. This novel tries too hard to be Romeo and Juliet, therefore losing all the urban fantasy aspects to a cheesy love story that feels forced.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fantasy mythology is interesting and could be very rich, if the author made room for an actual plot. This story is advertised as an exciting story about angels and the underworld, but then gets SOOOO SLOWWW as it indulges in so many love scenes. Further, if this is supposed to be YA fiction, it is not age appropriate. There are too many references to sex for a younger child to read.

I feel like this was a great story that an editor picked apart to fit into today's "trends" rather than let the story organically flow.

Do you think Daughter of Smoke and Bone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Meh.

Any additional comments?

If Audible is going to carry this series, it should at least provide all three books. I'm guessing I can live without the last book in the series, but it is incomplete.

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  • Brenda
  • Charlestown, IN, United States
  • 02-03-13

Loooooooved it!!!

It's a great second installment in the series. It's a story about a war between two very different societies. The thing is, I loved & understood both sides. Looking forward to the next in the series. Love the narrator & the characters. AWESOME.

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  • Kimberly
  • Cardiff, CA, United States
  • 02-02-13

Great story

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While not the best writing/prose, the story was interesting and fun. Well read too. Overall I would highly recommend if you are looking for an entertaining story