Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Published by Hachette Audio
Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Length: 12 hours, 32 minutes
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Source: I checked this out thru the library’s Overdrive system!
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? –(summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I’ve read Daughter of Smoke & Bone before, you guys. I’ve had a love affair with Laini Taylor’s lush language and descriptive writing and gorgeous setting and incredible characters. I hung on every word of the book and when I finished it, I think I hugged it for a long time – all the while wanting to simultaneously smile and cry at the same time. Ah, there were so many emotions!
That’s what is so awesome about a book that you love so much, isn’t it? I found all of that with this book, right away, within a chapter or two. The setting was the first thing that stole my heart but it was the story that grabbed it. I’ve recommended this book to no less than a bazillion people, and I’m happy to say that I’ve had positive feedback from the ones that have actually heeded my advice and read it. Literally, I found nothing wrong with it. (You can read my initial thoughts on Daughter of Smoke & Bone HERE.)
I actually LIKE to “re-read” via audio.
I have a hard time devoting 100% of my attention to anything. I’m just being honest. When I’m lucky enough to be by myself, I’m easily distracted. When I’m not by myself, I don’t even attempt to listen as it isn’t even worth how much I miss because of how insanely noisy my life is. So really, it isn’t always in my best interest to choose a shiny, brand-new book that I’m dying to read as an audiobook for the first time.
(disclaimer: I’m currently listening to The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, slowly, for my first read-thru via audio – but I’m following along nearly word-for-word with the book. So this one doesn’t count!)
I LOVE this book so much. Like, so much…
(as if you couldn’t tell by my opening paragraphs and initial review)
I recommended this book to a fellow reading pal a while back and she chose to listen to it by audiobook instead of reading the print version. She loved it, going as far as to tell me how great the audio is and that the reader is awesome. Because of her audio recommend back to me, it’s been on my radar since then. No time like the present, friends. I recently downloaded it thru my library’s Overdrive system and reacquainted myself with Prague…and with Karou and Akiva…and Brimstone and all the rest. *sigh* It felt like coming home. Gah, I love this book so much.
People get ready, Book #2 is coming.
That’s right, everybody: Days of Blood & Starlight is projected to be published in early November 2012 by Little, Brown & Company. I sometimes to like to re-read the previous books before I continue with series books, so like I said earlier – it was just time.