“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: YA High Fantasy
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. . .
Why I’m waiting for this one? I’ll be honest, I’m a little scared of this book. I’ve loved Rosamund’s previous two books, but with this being a Romeo & Juliet retelling it scares me. Because R&J is not a romance, and ofc there’s going to be romance in this book, and I’m hoping to all get out that sort of relationship that was in R&J isn’t in romanticized in this book. It was not a healthy relationship, at all. But since it is by Rosamund Hodge I am looking forward to it and excited for it, it sounds like it’s going to be a good book. Only a few weeks to find out (that’s if my library has it in then). [Oh if you’ve read this, please don’t spoil me, I don’t like to know anything other than what is in the synopsis when I go into reading a book.]