Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton

Title: Smoke and Key
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published By: Entangled Teen (April 2, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
A sound awakens her. There's darkness all around. And then she's falling...

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she's dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn't utter a word. There's Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key's instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can't remember why.


Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim… 









If there is one thing I love more in this genre than anything else, it is originality and Smoke and Key is packed full of it. 

It is utterly unique and utterly engaging. From the very first creeptastic chapter I was hooked and couldn't wait to read more.

I absolutely loved the imaginative world of the Under. The characters, the setting, how it all came about slowly through memories and trials. Truly this story was so well done and so irresistible and hard to put down. A truly imaginative take and a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

40 comments:

  1. Oh that does sound very unique and imaginative. I hadn't heard of this but when I'm back to YA, I'll add it my to-consider shelf.

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    1. It really was fun because it was so different. ;)

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  2. I loved this one too and the ending wasn't over the top but a perfect fit for the story.

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  3. This looks so good! I love murder mysteries. And I love this cover.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

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    1. I actually really did like the mystery element to this, it was fun!

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  4. I don't read many YA's but this sounds good.

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  5. oh it's great that you had such a great time with this one

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  6. It's so hard these days to find something which offers something unique, I'm glad that you were able to find it with this book! Fab review! :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more, which is really sad but does make it all the more exciting when you do find it. ;)

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  7. Oh my the cover on this is awesome. Glad the insides matched!

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  8. So glad you enjoyed this. I love the cover :)

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  9. This sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing! -Tyler H. Jolley

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  10. Wow fantastic recommendation for the book. Thanks Kindlemom

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  11. Yeah, for a fantastic stand alone YA. I will have to check this out.

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    1. I do love a good stand alone these days in pretty much all genres. ;)

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  12. This sounds lovely. Glad you had a good time with it.

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  13. oops just learned about this book, it sounds fantastic :D

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  14. Never heard of this one. It sounds really good though, and I love that it's so inventive and imaginative. Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  15. Oh, this sounds good. I don't read a lot of YA, but I'm not completely opposed to it either. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I go through phases for sure but I love trying the ones that stand out and seem different.

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  16. Love that cover and it sounds so wonderful! Always here for something unique and new. Great review!

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    1. Agreed! And me too. It's so nice to find something different anymore with the market as saturated as it is in this genre.

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  17. Ahh always exciting finding a book that has done something new or unique. :)

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