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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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Beautifully Written, Beautifully Read

Would you listen to Daughter of Smoke and Bone again? Why?

I would certainly read it again. It is really engrossing, and superbly written. The prose the author uses is just dripping with beautiful descriptions of places I have never been, but wish I could go.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good. She was one of the readers of Pure by Juliana Baggott, and her voice lends itself perfectly.

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Not great but not bad- Good if you like fantasy.

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It was okay. Very creative, but I just couldn't really get into it. I bet if I was younger or a teen, I'd love it. The narrator did a great job! she nailed the dialects and each voice was very specific.

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Romance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I don't like romance novels.

Has Daughter of Smoke and Bone turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely.

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

She did a good job.

Could you see Daughter of Smoke and Bone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Definitely. The Swedish girl who was the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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Absolutely amazing book!! Loved it!!

There. Are. Not. Words.

Oh, fine, I'll find some. This book was amazing!

First, there's Karou. Spunky, lonely, blue-haired, Wishmonger's foster daughter Karou. And then, there's Akiva. Beautiful, fearsome, tortured, warrior angel Akiva. It's like a Romeo and Juliet story for paranormal fans. Star-crossed love! Wow! (that's not a spoiler because you could read it on the back of the book lol).

I loved the characters (spunky little Zuzanna the best). They were well-rounded, had great personalities and were incredibly believable (even Brimstone and the other chimaera). I loved the settings (you glimpse Prague with all its beauty, the little shop where Brimstone and the others work and where Karou was basically raised, and Akiva's world, Eretz. You catch little glimpses of it through multiple characters' eyes). The story flowed seamlessly from one event/point of view to the next.

As far as this book is concerned, I think the audio part of it really amplified the characters. Their different tones and accents. The reader, Khristine Hvam, did an amazing job with the voices. The whole experience of listening to the book definitely took it up a step.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal romance books. I loved just about everything about the book (the ending left me a teensy bit disappointed but I'm holding out hope that the one issue I had will be resolved in one of the next two books).

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Great story...leaves you wanting more!

What made the experience of listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone the most enjoyable?

came across this book on accident, gave it a try, Happily Suprised! Great story with characters that you really cared about!

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  • Cindy
  • Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-28-12

Its a winner for those who love fantasy

What made the experience of listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone the most enjoyable?

Characters alive and characterizations that make them feel like friends that you are getting to know. A twisty plot and fun and fury.

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

Kicked out of the refuge, waiting in the snow in vain reminded me of family relationships.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Khristine is a star. i cant wait to listen to more of her work.

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

I fell asleep at about 300 am and woke up as my pod hit the floor. Of course i did not go to bed, i slipped back a chapter and listened till dawn.

Any additional comments?

Love it, write more, send more asap!!!

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  • Marian
  • Parksville, BC, Canada
  • 12-23-12

A great Christmas Read

What did you love best about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

I was able to lose myself in a story I could not put down.

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

When she flew for the first time it was incredible.

Any additional comments?

I liked how the ending was not just the romance all tied up into a nice package.

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This book was like a kaleidoscope for my senses

What did you love best about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

EVERYTHING! The depth and breadth of the world Laini Taylor created had me awestruck from start to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

Every single character was rich and colorful. The story and characters melded together and formed a rich tapestry.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never, but she is WAY up there on my list of favorite narrators.

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

YES! I could not wait to go back to this world.

Any additional comments?

This book may be labeled as YA, but believe me, it is not just for Young Adults. This book is a novel that happens to have a teenage main character. If you like colorful, exciting, magical and compelling narratives then read this. Loved it loved it loved it!

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  • Renae
  • Eagle Mountain, UT, United States
  • 12-20-12

Taylor's use of figurative language shines

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

I am an educator who reads and/or listens to lots of YA literature. Laini Taylor's writing is beautiful, and while I often find good writing in teen contemporary literature, it is a rare occasion when I find such strong writing in "popular" romantic fantasy, dystopian, etc. fiction. Because of that, I rank this book high on my list of YA literature.

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

Taylor's work ranks much higher than the Twilight series, and I prefer her novels to the Hunger Games trilogy because her beautiful writing and memorable characters sweep readers off to Prague and the lands of angels and demons. I also love Taylor's humor. In spite of tragic events, there is a layer of humor that endears those characters to readers. Love Zuzanna especially!

Which scene was your favorite?

Difficult to decide, and so I'll move on to the next question.

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

I laugh out loud almost every time Zuzanna enters a scene. Love that little "assassin"!

Any additional comments?

Kristine Hvam is my new favorite narrator. From Brimstone to Mik and Zuzanna, she captures every characters' personalities perfectly! Love her accents - spot on!

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Very Imaginative! Unlike any story I've heard

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

The performance for the most part was excellent and the story was pretty good with a few flaws here and there. However I'd have to say I'd rank it somewhere near the middle. It wasnt the best I've ever listened to, but I still enjoyed it.

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

Maybe. There were some parts of this series that were reeeaaaallly drawn out. I kept channeling Monty Python's "Get on with it!" at some points. That being said, she did have some amazing imagery which I loved. The scenes were so quirky and unique. I liked it a lot other than those drawn out parts.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but she did a great job! The only voice I didn't like was brimstone's. Other than that she was excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The serpentine. And the secret meeting place. My god, that was beautiful.