Monday, July 28, 2014

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bones

About the Book

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bones
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Publication Date: September 17, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
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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 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 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?

My Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I have only recently started listening to audiobook, but they are very convenient when your hands are busy. While I have only listened to a few audio books, Daughter of Smoke and Bones is my favorite so far. Obviously, that is due in part to the storybook for me the narrator really brings Karou's story to life. 
Ever since Daughter of Smoke and Bone with first published, I have heard how much I need to read this book. With my busy reading schedule, I decided to listen to the audio book well I was busy with everyday stuff and I am so glad I finally got to enjoy the crazy epicness that is Karou's story.

This is the first audiobook I have listen to by narrator Khristine Hvam and she is brilliant at what she does. I know that I will be listening to many future audiobooks if she is the narrator. I am also glad she continues to narrate the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series. Since she also narrates the Vampire Academy, and the first books in the Iron Fey series I may just have to re-experience my favorite stories through her. 

Karou has to be one of the most original characters I have ever come across. The whole story line, world building, and mythology is so beyond anything, I have ever read before, and I could not have loved it more. Karou has the unique voice and I love the beauty in the way that Laini Taylor uses that to tell her story. I cannot wait to find out more about Karou and Akiva's story.

Already purchased the audiobook for Days of Blood and Starlight and I plan on starting it very soon. It has also been recently announced that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is currently in development to become a movie. I am excited to see the world Laini Taylor created come to life. In a time when movies all look too similar, I am excited to see the beautiful original idea of this story on the big screen and I can only hope that they do it justice.

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