Waiting on Wednesday #57: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:


Book cover for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Title: 
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Summary (from 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. . . Continue reading

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeTitle: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.) 

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Thanks to The Bookshelf for a copy of Crimson Bound to review!

Review: Crimson Bound

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a fairy tale retelling that is so much fun to review. It will excite, surprise and engage its readers. It is a wild ride that would scare your grandmother! This book is one that you will want to add to your bookshelf this spring! Continue reading

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund HodgeTitle: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 24, 2014

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. 

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Review: Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is a perfect read If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast. This retelling of the classic fairy tale contains elements of fantasy and romance. Cruel Beauty is so magical and captivating that you won’t want to put it down! Continue reading