From Goodreads: “Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought
Challenges: Audiobook, YA a Month, Read for Fun
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 2.75
Audio Rating (not part of the overall): 4.50 (EXCELLENT)
First thought when finished: This is one of those times that it is clear that I am not the target audience for this book (I am not talking age just genre is not my favorite).
What I Loved: In a nutshell: The World Building! Seriously, Laini Taylor created a rather unique and fascinating world. I don’t think I have read anything close to the world she created and many times I caught myself wrapped in her wonderfully vivid imagination.
What I Liked: The second half to the book was very entertaining. It felt like the pace picked up, the characters were in gear, and the story started taking shape in my mind. The ending made me wonder where the story was going but it was truly one of the most intriguing moments in the story.
What made me go HUH?: I just never really connected to the characters and didn’t find myself rooting for anyone (other than Brimstone). I think that is on me though and not on the author.
Audio Review: Khristine Hvam is an EXCELLENT audiobook narrator. I really enjoyed all of her accents and character transformations. I would listen to another book that she read.
Final Thought: This book would definitely work for those more comfortable with both the Angel and YA Genres. I truly understand why many people felt this was a beyond fantastic book.
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