Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Diversion Publishing (June 9, 2015)
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/New Adult
Rating: 3 Stars
Cover Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior―their only son, Alek―to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.
*Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This the first Kristin Cast book that I’ve read. So I will start off with the good things that I liked about Amber Smoke.
When I first heard about this book I was pretty intrigue by the premise plus as you know I’m a cover whore and this cover is so seductive and gorgeous that it makes you want to read this book, So naturally when I got approval through NetGalley this “Shy Girl Who Loves Books” was one happy camper.
Amber Smoke is a pretty short read that doable in one day if that is the type of reader you are. With that being said I was a little disappointed with the story. I found most of it disjointed and not all the way thought out. The synopsis is what capture my attention and I was hoping that it kept my attention throughout the reading.
I learned learning about the mythology and the Furies (something that I’m not all that familiar with)and what it means for them to break the rules. Basically, falling in love with the damned ones. Seriously, the book should have focused more on that than what it did.
Amber Smoke mainly centers around the two main characters Alek and Eva. I personally don’t feel these two were developed well. They really don’t have anything in common and they come across as less than smart. Some might say childish in nature. I mean they make some questionable choices and get into some sticky situations that could have been avoided if only they had a brain.
Amber Smoke is suppose to be New Adult but it sure in the hell does not feel like it. Especially when you have two people that act like teenagers. And I’m not talking about 16/17 yr olds.
Still there is something about this book that makes you want more. Like more of the backstory and the Furies. Instead of the unnecessary nonsense that takes away from could be a potentially great serious. I hope the next installment is more fleshed out and developed because you know Kristin Cast has the writing chops.