Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Written by Laini Taylor
Read by Khristine Hvam
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Publication Date: September 27th 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours and 32 minutes
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?
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I can’t believe that I am waaaaay behind on this series! I have seen these around the blogosphere but I thought it wasn’t my thing. I mean – angels, paranormal? I’m not really a fan of those themes. Luckily, I sort of ran out of books to listen (le gasp!) and I was browsing the online library catalog (like you do) and I decided to borrow this. My was I BLOWN away!
Did you say it was AMAZING?
I mean, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is mind blowing amazing! Let’s start with the title, shall we? How awesome can one title get? Smoke? and BONE? To be honest, it is a weird title but it works! Unfortunately, you will only get the title when you read the book. But please, let’s not talk about the cover kay? It’s not one of my favorites, let me tell you.
Why did I say it’s mind blowing? Well, it’s because I haven’t read anything like this before. The themes are more new adult, though but nothing explicit.
Did you say, Chimera?
So, the chimera. Apparently, they are creatures composed of parts from different animals and originate in Greek mythology. Had to Google that, but whatever. Basically, this story is the chimera-angel Romeo and Juliet and it is executed masterfully. I have to give props to Laini Taylor because AMAZING. I was left speechless in some parts that I had to pause the audio so I could process it.
Another aspect I loved about this book is Karou and Zuzana’s friendship. Not only does this book focus on the romance, it also focuses on friendship. Plus, Zuzana and Karou’s friendship is an important aspect of the story.
Before I move on, I would also like to say that the names of the characters are a little unusual. Okay, very unusual. we have the heroine Karou, the hero Akiva, the chimera Madrigal View Spoiler »Karou used to be Madrigal. Karou and Madrigal are one and the same! « Hide Spoiler, Zuzana, Brimstone, Thiago. You get it. Weird. But it works. I honestly didn’t have any issues in following the story nor was I distracted by the weird names (I normally am).
Maybe it’s the narrator!
This was narrated by Khristine Hvam and she was amazing! I think ti is because of her that I wasn;t even bothered by the unusual names. Plus, she even voiced characters in Pokemon! That aside, she really brought the story in another level. The accents that she used were spot on and it wasn’t annoying at all!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge
- 2016 Review Challenge