Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Pages: 448
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollinsCA
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Summary (Goodreads) 

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. . . .


  1. Ohh yes I love this cover :) It is so mysterious and awesome looking ! Love retellings !!

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  2. I have had this on my TBR for a while now!! Looks so interesting!

  3. I've never heard of this, but Romeo and Juliet is a favorite of mine! I'll definitely have to check this out a little more closely, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  4. Yes! I love rosamund hodge, and I can't wait to see what she does with Romeo and Juliet and the premise of this story. thanks for sharing :)
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  5. So excited for this one!! I love Rosamund Hodge! Her stories are the perfect blend of goth and fantasy and they all have a touch of romance too. Plus Romeo + Juliet retelling?! Squee!!!

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  6. I'm excited for this one as well. I really enjoyed Cruel Beauty and am looking forward to finally diving into Crimson Bound but to see this is in the same universe and just hearing the summary I am so excited! My WoW

  7. Ooh this sounds super interesting! I love a good retelling! <3

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