Thursday, April 4, 2019

Smoke and Key: Review

From Goodreads:
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 burned to a crisp. And 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 loses her life for good…

My Review:
So this book was really amazing to read. My sense of this book was a bit wonky at first because these characters don't have memories. But with clues from the way they dressed, to the way the talked, meant that the time they lived in was historical, maybe 200 or so years ago. Details that are usually obvious, like when a book is set, so it was fun to suss that out!

The idea of waking up and having no memories, realizing you're dead, yeah, it's kinda a horrifying situation. To be named after what object you have on you, to not be breathing, to not need sleep, it's a strange situation. But Key doesn't have any time to get used to it before the first murder happens and everything spirals from there.

The mystery was pretty interesting, because there's their whole lives that they don't remember, that are the reason why this is happening. I enjoyed how Key slowly remembered bits of her life, and figured out what was going on! It was so interesting to read!

I feel a little silly, but I didn't realize where the title came from until I started the book. It's right there, named after the 2 main characters, Key, the narrator, and Smoke, the boy she can't stop looking at. I really enjoyed their story!

This book was fantastic, I enjoyed how it all worked out, and yeah, really loved it!

Author: Kelsey Sutton
Read: April 3rd, 2019
Source: YA Bound Review Copy Through NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: April 2nd 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars
Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master's degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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