Waiting on Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

Written by: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
ISBN: 0062369415
Release Date: September 27th, 2016 
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Magic, Paranormal, Fairy Tales, Fiction
Pages: 448 (Hardcover)
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"When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. The heirs of the city's most powerful - and warring - families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth couples her to punish the enemies of her clan - and Romeo has just liked her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die. Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terrible wrong - killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy.... and perhaps turn against his own clan. Mayhanai Runajo just wants to protect her city - but she's the only one who believes it's in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death - and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting... "

Way i am waiting.... 

This is one where i am very excited about because even though the Genres lists they this is a Fairytale retelling it sounds more to me like a straight up "Romeo and Juliet" retelling -with the same names and all that...- and i kind of love Shakespeare retellings. And i am always looking for more. 

And this does sound like one of those action pact, magic things where everything can happen and you don't necessary know what will happen just because of this huge summary of the book. 

BUT I have read The Cruel Beauty -which was marked as a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast"- and was very underwhelmed by it. It was just not very good for me, personally. The writing was just so-la-la for me and not overly good. 

BUT -another big one- i do like to give an author at least a second chance and this is the start of a new series so why not? 

I also find the cover quite beautiful... not that that should really influence anything, but it always does anyway, right?

So yes, i am very excited and a little nervous about this book and while i can't wait for this book to come out and read it and see if it is another disappointment or if i will fall in love with Hodge's writing, i am also a bit hesitant how and when i will get this book. 

We'll see once September rolls around and it is nearer to the actual release date and what i have read up until that point -maybe another Hodge book that i loved? Or hated? Or just felt that she deserves another go overall? Who knows?

What about you guys?

Do you love Hodge
Did you read the "Cruel Beauty" series/trilogy? Loved them? Hated them? Just feel disappointment by them as i do?
Have you never read anything by her but really want to give her a go after hearing about this book?

Let me know, lets chat :)

Write more later.... 


  1. So excited for this one! Rosamund Hodge is amazing :)

    Here's my WoW.

    1. She is a great writer :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

  2. This is one of my most anticipated reads too! It has such a great premise, so I'm crossing my fingers that the execution lives up to the wonderful concept. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choice! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. It really is a great premise! Its wonderful to know that others are excited for the same books for some reason :)
      thanks so much for stoping by and leaving a comment :)


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