An awesome group of girls decided to do a Haunted Halloween Hop. Jessica–thanks for coming up with the idea, and the cute graphic! We’re posting things related to Halloween in some way. See the full list of bloggers after my review. Enjoy!
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication date: September 27, 2011
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
Summary (via Goodreads): 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?
Pretty good overall. It was different than I was expecting in many ways. I did enjoy the storyline, and the narrator, who did some fun voices. I’d recommend the audiobook. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
So I really don’t want to give anything away, but the way this story went back and forth sometimes between present and past was a little off-putting, especially when you’re listening. I think reading a physical copy might have been a better idea for that reason alone, or at least make sure you’re focusing all your attention on the story, and not multitasking. I thought the writing was beautiful though. It’s kind of a dark book, obviously, given the summary.
I really liked Karou and Zuzana. I also liked Karou’s makeshift family, who you’ll learn about if you read the book. I’ve never read anything like this before, so major points for uniqueness. I always wanted blue hair like Karou. Maybe I’ll dye it someday…As for Akiva, I’m torn. I adore some aspects, and others not so much. I guess I have to keep reading to see what my final decision is regarding him.
The pacing was good, although some parts felt a little long to me (the last quarter of the book mostly). I was entertained while listening though. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series. I need to know what happens after that ending. It was a cliffhanger, leaving things unresolved. But it just made me more excited to keep reading, to see what happens next. I kept changing my theory of what was happening, but I was correct with one of them.
I’d recommend this one for people who don’t mind something that’s a little dark, fantastical, and supernatural.
Haunted Halloween Hop Schedule:
October 22nd – Paige from Books and Belle
October 23rd – Linda from Linda’s Little Library
October 24th – Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd
October 25th – Jessica from Reading with Jessica
October 26th – Kris from Boston Book Reader
October 27th – Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader
October 28th – Diana from The Bookish Sisters
October 29th – Sarah from Book Hooked Nook
October 30th – Nicole from Boundless Bookaholic (Me)
October 31st – Maggie from The Caramel Files