Narrated by Khristine Hvam.
WHY this/now: This was offered a few years ago as a book club choice but not selected. I had tbr’d it at that time but lately was craving an audio experience that was different from my standard fare. This won a BEST AUDIO Award so that was good enough for me. (Plus, if you are out of credits at Audible, this is reasonably priced – or was the day I bought it. I am all about the time per dollar.)
What’s it ABOUT: A young girl is studying art in Prague, she speaks many languages and has a family of sorts that she really can’t talk about. Her family isn’t human.
OK, to be spoilery, I might have to admit that I thought it was going in one direction and it surprised me. The first half of the book was fabulous! I was swept up into the world – great world-building, by the way. And I liked our girl Karou and loved her blue hair and the twinkle in her eye when she tells the truth knowing it will be accepted as not-truth.
But the second half had pieces that made me weary with too long mental rehash of thoughts and feelings. “Oh! I wish he would just kiss me, or do I? Is that what I want? I think I want him to kiss me but I don’t know, blah blah blah.”
Overall, I get why this is a hit and the audio narration was good. The story is new (to me?) and inventive. World-building and character descriptions were beautifully done.
RATING: THREE slices of blueberry pie.