Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

 

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. . .

 

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
YOU SEE THAT RED THING?
YEAH THAT’S MY HEART
BECAUSE IT GOT
FREAKING RIPPED
OUT OF MY CHEST.
this book is just so good. Gosh dang it these characters stole my freaking heart and then their author ripped it out and crushed it (and I’m still alive)
IT HURTS
OH GOSH. where do I even start????? The world building in this was freaking incredible. It all felt fresh and original and gosh dang it I loved it. Rosamund’s writing is just so good. It draws you in and her worlds wrap around you and her characters are people you’d either never want to meet(in a good way!) or people you want to be FREAKING BEST FRIENDS WITH. gosh dang it I want to be besties with Paris so bad right now.
Okay so the friendships in this. Can we just talk about them??? There are two main friendships. Romeo and Paris and Juliet and Runajo. Gosh dang it they murdered me. Romeo and Juliet are the main romance in the story but the cool this is that other than a omniscient scene every ten or so chapters, THEIR POVS ARE NOT USED. This was so cool. I adored it.
And the story. THE FREAKING STORY. It starts have fast-paced and doesn’t slow down. It keeps you guessing and–gosh dang it–it doesn’t disappoint!
So if you love magic and fantasy and friendship and romance and rich world building(come on who doesn’t????) WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE??? GO READ THIS FREAKING BOOK.
(Regrettably it hasn’t released yet so unless you have mad skills and got you hands on an ARC(like me) you can’t read it until it releases. Also because my brain hates me I have no idea when this releases. Sorry!!)

CONTENT GUIDE –
Drugs/drinking – mild
Intimacy – kissing, mentions to two characters sleeping together, innuendos
Violence – this book is kind of dark and deals with human sacrifice and necromancy and the lines between death and life. Also there is murder and general stabbiness.
Cussing – I don’t remember any?? There may be some.

 

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