Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA paranormal fiction
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from YA Sync
Audiobook reader: Khristine Hvam
Audiobook length: 15 hours and 25 minutes
First line: Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.
Goodreads blurb: 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 have read a lot of YA paranormal fiction, and so had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that there wasn’t anything new in the genre. Oh, was I wrong! Laini Taylor has created a new take on the whole angels theme, and crafted a world full of magical creatures, beautiful seraphs, and magic that is fueled by pain.
Karou, the main character, is a complicated, quirky, and wonderful girl, and I loved reading about her makeshift family, headed by Brimstone the Chimera. I can’t even begin to do justice to the unique creatures that Taylor created for the Chimera world. The rich mythology behind the Chimera and Seraph war makes the world believable – it made me want to look for black hand prints and portals in the sky.
My only complaint is that it ends on a complete cliff-hanger. Fortunately, book two is already available, but I’m going to wait a while, or else I’ll be stuck waiting forever for book three.