Waiting on Wednesday #8 – Bright Smoke, Cold Fire


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine (as seen on any number of book blogs but that I specifically borrowed from The Candid Cover) that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Here at Completely Booked, this week’s pick for  Waiting on Wednesday is:

Bright Smoke, Cold FireTitle: 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…

Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to do this one for a couple of weeks now and since September is fast approaching, I figured that it was time to visit Rosamund Hodge’s Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. I’m a sucker for most retellings but Romeo and Juliet retellings seem so prevalent in YA that I get bored. I mean, yes, forbidden love is a common trope and Shakespeare didn’t create it (just like 99% of his plays were retellings based off of other stories that he didn’t write…not plagiarism, exactly, just…lots of inspiration) but I’m an English major so he might as well have created the whole English language. Anyways, I was a bit worried about this book as a retelling of one of the most ridiculous Shakespeare plays of all time and I’ve never read Rosamund Hodge’s other books (even though I own them and will try to read them before the book comes out, if I have the time), I am willing to give it a try if only because it sounds like an approach to R+J that I’ve never seen before. I like the unique addition of necromancy and the paranormal and I read Rosamund Hodge’s short story, A Guide for Young Ladies Entering the Service of Fairies and quite enjoyed it, actually. I’m not the only person waiting on this book, I know, but I wanted to share my thoughts on it (and why I’m waiting) before it came out.

Are you waiting on Bright Smoke, Cold Fire or some other retelling? Or is it some other equally exciting book? Let me know in the comments below (and don’t forget to link back to your WoW post, I love reading them).


13 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #8 – Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

  1. shelfiepodcast says:

    We are going to be talking about this one on the Podcast in October. It’s probably going to be funny because I hate Romeo and Juliet. I am sure it will be completely unique like Cruel Beauty. I am actually betting that I like it better than the original material.

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  2. zoeyriver says:

    Oh yes, I’m definitely waiting for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.
    Not only because it’s a retelling and I’m, also, a sucker for retellings, but also because:
    a) I quite enjoyed a book I read previously by Rosamund Hodge.
    b) The plot sounds super interesting and like a whole new take on Romeo and Juliette.
    c) I’m a sucker for retellings 😀

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