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Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I love Rosamund Hodge. I generally love everything about her. Cruel Beauty was wonderful and Crimson Bound was something that shredded my heart in my chest and had me begging for more, so I expected nothing less from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Synopsis:
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. . . (Goodreads)

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Why I chose this book:
This book has been on my TBR list since it came out that she was writing it. I quite enjoyed Cruel Beauty despite its issues, and I expected to really enjoy Crimson Bound. As most of you know, I have had a few bumps in the road when it comes to retellings, but I swear, I enjoy Hodge’s retellings even more than I expected.


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: May 5th, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
B&N  ||  Amazon  ||  Book Depository

Synopsis:
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 worlds 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 year 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? (Goodreads)

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Monday, February 17, 2014
Why I chose this book:
A Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in! As a lover of books, obviously, my favorite Disney princess was Belle, so of course, I could not say no to something like this.


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
Synopsis:
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. (Goodreads)
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