Google+ Reading Teen: Book & Audio Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Monday, October 10, 2011

Book & Audio Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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?

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 12 hour(s) and 32 min.
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Hachette Audio (September 27, 2011)
Buy the Audio: Audible
When I saw that Hachette Audio had published Daughter of Smoke and Bone on audio, I jumped at the chance to listen to it.  I knew from listening to Beautiful Creatures on audio, that Hachette doesn't take the production of an audiobook lightly, they do a really good job, and I wasn't disappointed with Smoke and Bone.  It was fantastic!  The reader, Khristine Hvam did a wonderful job bringing this story to life.  She could be, at times, both light and fun with Karou's character, and dark and creepy with some of the other characters.  I was especially CREEPED OUT with a certain creature who wanted to "taste" Karou. *shivers*  Her voice for this creature was so perfect!  And perfectly chilling!  Khristine had distinct voices for all of the characters, making it easy to tell who is speaking, and she delivers those voices flawlessly.  Another great thing about listening to this book, in-particular, is that there are a lot of difficult names in Smoke and Bone.  I've heard that quite a few readers have gotten tripped up over them, and Khristine flies right through them, pronouncing them with ease and clarity.  I found myself completely lost in this story, and I finished the audio in two days!!  That's 12 hours of audio in TWO DAYS!!  At the end of the audio, there's even an interview with Laini herself about the book!  If you get the chance to listen to this on audio, I suggest you take it.

The Book

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
Buy the book: Hardcover
Wow!  Just.  Wow!

This book was fantastic!  It reminded me a lot of one of my favorites, the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.  Not in storyline, but in the dark, mystical, fantastical and thoroughly engrossed feeling that you have while reading it.  I didn't know what this book was about when I started it, and if you don't know either, I'd say keep it that way.  It makes it all so much more mysterious and enchanting.

I will just say a few things about it, since Amy already reviewed it  brilliantly here.  The storyline is so detailed and so smart.  It's obvious that Laini Taylor is a writing genius.  The setting is gorgeous.  I felt like I was walking the streets of Prague, and following the spiral staircase into the unknown.  The romance is absolutely breath-taking.  What an emotional roller-coaster!  It made me feel completely out of breath, and completely exhilarated!  Karou is a heroine worth reading.  She is smart, funny, tough, and mysterious.  All the characters are so thoroughly fleshed out.  I felt as if I knew them all, and loved and hated them in turn. 

In a world of blueprint YA paranormal, Laini Taylor knows how to rip up those blueprints and come up with something completely new and original!  Laini's writing is just artistic.  She doesn't simply tell us a story, she paints an entire landscape with her words, and then makes me wish I lived there.

                           of Smoke and Bone
  • Sexual Content: Heavy
  • Profanity: Mild
  • Violence: Heavy (mostly battle scenes)
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  1. Hey Andye, Yes I am going to listen to DOSAB as well. Nancy said the same thing you did.

    Your avatar is just too cute. You look good in blue :)

  2. I LOOOOVED this book! I bet it was very cool to listen to the audiobook version of it, especially to be able to hear how the names are pronounces. Great review! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. It WAS a lot like the Wicked Lovely series! Maybe that's why I loved it so much. I mean, wow! It was amazing :)

  4. I like your "Andye of Smoke and Bone" pic! cute

  5. This sounds pretty cool and I've just discovered how awesome audiobooks are! I'm definitely to give this one a try! Thanks!

  6. LOVED this book. And LOVE that pic! :)

    I NEED that book now, I really do!!!!

  8. @Livia I'm sending your book tomorrow. My car has been in the shop this past entire week (no transportation) and yesterday I was at a theme park the whole day with my family. I will send you The Daughter of Smoke and Bone tomorrow, NOT MEDIA MAIL! ;)

    You will probably get it this week! Enjoy.


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