Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Published by Little Brown BYR on September 27, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Around the world, black hand prints 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?
It’s really hard to write a review of audiobook because I don’t take good notes while I’m listening. Not related to the book but I also wish that audiobooks would come with a list of names.
What I Thought…
- The audio is narrated by Kristine Hvam and she is amazing. Seriously her voice is just magical and is very appropriate for such a magical book.
- There is no way that I couldn’t be drawn into Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor is an amazing writer. The words just flowed and sucked me in and I didn’t want to turn the audio off, ever.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone has a Romeo and Juliet vibe and I love that. Karou and Akiva cannot be together but are drawn to each other in more ways than one. I really liked both of them, but Karou especially. Akiva has some honesty issues.
- Karou was amazing. She was strong and funny and wanted to do what is right and what is good. She has real feelings and even though she lives in a magical world I could identify with her.
- I loved Karou’s friend, Zuzana. She was so much fun and cool and I kind of want her to be my best friend.
- The world that Laini Taylor created was so beautiful and magical. I wanted to be there, in Prague, and see all those magical things and magical people.
- There was a pretty big twist that I both liked and didn’t. Part of me didn’t like it because then things got confusing, for me and the characters. But I loved it because it was a bit different and added to the story.