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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire Review

bright-smoke-cold-fire-featured-imageSabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beautyand Crimson Bound.

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 compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed 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 terribly 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.

Mahyanai 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. . .

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What I Liked

  • From the very beginning I enjoyed Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. The writing drew me in, the world swept me away from the first sentence. The world had some similarities that reminded me of other books. There’s a wall the surrounds their city to keep out the dead, that reminded me of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. But this wall was different, the people had to sacrifice blood in order to keep the wall working. The wall was like a beast of its own, which was interesting. It was new and different.
  • Another thing I liked was the characters. Each of them had their own distinct personalities, sometimes I feel like characters personalities in YA books can bleed together. But everyone felt differently. Romeo was dramatic, Juliet was kind of dark, Paris was loyal to his beliefs and Runajo supposedly felt nothing. I enjoyed their differences and how they interacted with one another.
  • I usually don’t enjoy books with a slow pace, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire was really really slow. But for some reason I didn’t mind that. I thought the pace fit the story, and it wasn’t something that bothered me. If you’re looking for a fast paced book this won’t be the one for you.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Do you ever just finish a book and wonder why you bothered? I did…Bright Smoke, Cold Fire had so much potential, however I HATED the ending. I don’t think I’ve ever quite felt this way when it comes to the end of a book. It felt out of place, like it was half done or something. (I’m sorry to the author, I just wasn’t a fan). I don’t think I can even bring myself to read the next book if/when it comes out….


  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire was good but it just didn’t live up to my expectations when it came to the ending. I was so disappointed.



2 thoughts on “Bright Smoke, Cold Fire Review

    1. Yeah…sometimes when books get bad reviews I still give it a try because I end up loving it 🙂 sadly it wasn’t the case for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire 😦
      Thank you for the comment (and sorry for the late reply T.T)


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