Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Smoke in the Sun
(Flame in the Mist #2)
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Hardcover, 416 pages, G.P. Putnam
Genres: YA, Fantasy

The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.

My Thoughts

Have I mentioned lately that I hate cover changes? And this cover makes me really sad/mad. Why? Because I LOVED the cover for Flame in the Mist. It was soooooo pretty. And this one, well, it just has too much going on. Flame in the Mist was simplistic, while this looks like a Photoshop mess.

I read Flame in the Mist last summer, and it was an okay read. It wasn’t anything super special, in my opinion. I think I gave it three stars, which was very low compared to what I gave Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn. That plus the new cover design doesn’t have me super excited for this one. If the cover design had stayed the same, I probably would have bought this book; now though, I think I’ll just check it out from the library. I do want to know how it the duology ends, but these books aren’t my highest priority.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?


  1. I am not a fan of this cover. What were they thinking? The first book is so beautiful and this does look like a photoshop mess. I really enjoyed the first book so I do want to read this one.

    1. I'm glad you agree with me. I'm so very upset about this.


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