Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Length: Novel (418 pages/12 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Karou was raised by monsters and now lives among the human world. She doesn't know what she is even though the question comes up weekly. Human, she thinks. But even as a human she's odd. Blue hair grows directly out of her head. Wished that way. And she draws sketches of fantastical creatures she claims are real. When she tells the implausible truth about her extracurricular activities gathering teeth for her guardian, she says it with a smirk so that no one is sure if she's fibbing or not. But time is running out for her guardian and when Karou meets a beautiful man with fiery eyes, she might finally discover what she truly is on the way to tracking down what happened to her guardian.
This title has been on my To-Buy shelf for ages so when I decided to try out a month of Audible, this is the first title I grabbed. I didn't know what to expect beyond YA. The official blurb really says nothing about the story. Not that mine is helpful either.
This takes the star-crossed lovers trope to the next level and twists it in a refreshing way.
What I liked: Karou is a sassy, kick ass heroine living in a lush world. She gets to travel to exotic locations as easily as walking through a door. She loves to draw. And she's been unlucky in her first love. The hero is tortured and laconic but inexplicably drawn to the heroine and she him. The story leaks bits of information you need to know as it goes, which is exciting and frustrating at the same time. Some of it is information Karou is learning for the first time and some of it is information the author is revealing to the reader.
There's loads of lovely description (though the author sure did like to use the word "beautiful" to describe her males) and we get to virtually visit several different countries, cities, and even worlds.
The narrator on this audiobook was entertaining with her different voices. I'm not sure I'd have been into this story quite as much if I'd been reading it instead of listening to it, so job well done for her!
What I didn't like: There's a load of time spent on character development prior to the real action. That gave us time to connect with kick ass Karou, maybe too much time. We don't meet the hero until quite a way into the story. Flashbacks are also prevalent and I'm not a lover of those. But worst of all? This ends on a cliffhanger (that you probably expect is coming). I'll admit I shouted at my car stereo when it got to the end.
Grab this if you want twelve hours of entertainment featuring an artistic girl who is about to have her world turned on its head.