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Review: Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Published by Hachette Audio on Sept 27, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Audiobook from YA Sync
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

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?

I wanted to like this, I really did. Everyone else seems to. But when I realized at the halfway point and didn’t really care what was happening, I decided to give up. I should be engaged by then, wanting to know what happens next, but I just wasn’t.

I think the problem I had was a lack of plot movement. It seemed like not a lot had happened so far, and what had happened wasn’t very exciting. I could probably summarize everything in one or two sentences, and that shouldn’t be enough for half a book.

I was listening to the audiobook, which I think actually helped me get further than if I was reading myself. The narration was smooth and fitting. I love how audiobooks can help with character name pronunication, and this was no exception. I’d gladly try another book with the same narrator, hopefully with a different outcome.

  2 Responses to “Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone”

  1. I really loved this one. I get what you’re saying though, if you aren’t invested by at least 50%, then what’s the point? No use wasting time on a book you aren’t enjoying. I still need to get around to reading book two. I’m thinking of trying the audio for that, because I have no idea where I would fit it into my reading list. 🙂

    • I feel like in the very small minority in not liking it. But there are too many books to trying struggling through something you aren’t enjoying.

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