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Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Start date
November 1, 2011
Finish date
November 30, 2011
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Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
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First thing I gotta say: the discs are absolutely gorgeous. I never get much chance to say that - they're usually plain or just a copy of the cover art. But these guys at Hachette Audio went all out, contrasting the cover image in teal with the naturally reflective disk surface for the title and disk number. Not something that would really affect your listening experience, but it's nice to see an audiobook take that extra step to make their product that much more appealing.
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
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It's impossible for me to start out with anything other than how much I loved this book. So there, I said it. I went into this one not knowing anything other than the gorgeous cover, that it had nearly topped Amazon's Best Books of 2011 list, and that it was (most likely) YA fantasy. It took me maybe 5 chapters before I was completely hooked, and maybe just a few more before I knew I loved it.

This book read beautifully. I've read stream-of-consciousness narrat
May 26, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This is a five star book for me. I am in love with this story and Laini Taylor has captured my heart. Karou is a unique human with blue hair. No it is not dyed, but she was born this way. She is a young artist in Prague with hilarious friends who finds a mysterious man following her. No, it is not her strange acting vampire ex-boyfriend, but an angel. Who is he and what does he want?

Karou also has a strange second life where she had family that are beasts. These beasts are wonderful and caring
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well."

Karou might be just as she seems, a gifted art student in Prague. Yet the fantastical beasts that she fills her sketchbooks with aren't a figment of her imagination. They are her family. And like most family, they sometimes have favors to ask of her that take her away from the normal life she is trying to live. A life that is about to end. All over the world black hand prints are appearing on doors, burned into the wood b
May 01, 2014 Asenath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful writing and rich, full dimensional characters. I quite enjoyed the first 200 pages, and things got a little cheesy for me. However, I think the story is appropriate for the genre, and I think (and know) that many teenage girls will like it. There is some more mature content in the book, but nothing is too explicit.

The writing really was just lovely. Taylor does a great job at creating specific images/scenes for the reader to "see." I'll probably finish out the series.
Apr 03, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Maybe I expected more based on the rave reviews this book is receiving, however I found it a bit hard to follow and considering that I put it down several times to read other books, marginally compelling.
I do think that teen girls will like it, at least for the romance and the mystery.
Jan 13, 2014 Malena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Original and magical! Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Apr 27, 2014 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Unique story with interesting characters that kept me drawn in the entire time.
Mare S
Mar 07, 2012 Mare S rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable. I loved Karou and how the reader is on the journey along with her to discover who see his and the secrets that Brimstone had kept from her. The style of writing pulled me right in - the right mix of description and setting with character development. The ending was both great and horrible, and I want the next book right now.

If you're a fan of the YA books currently out, this is one to definitely check out.
Jan 04, 2015 Kiery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! I loved everything about it, the characters, the names, the plot, the story, the detail! I read this book but listened to the rest of the trilogy, and it was very well read! Glad I bought this book, sad it took me over a year to start reading it!
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Shelves: wishlist
Dec 26, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 16, 2013 (G)Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Nov 10, 2013 Noran Miss Pumkin marked it as a-maybe
Dave Ferraro
Feb 07, 2013 Dave Ferraro rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Mike Mullin
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