Review: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

Posted July 14, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano
Holding Smoke
by Elle Cosimano

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 3rd 2016
Published by Hyperion
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

” It managed to grip me from beginning to end…”
~ Under the Covers

I am not normally a fan of Young Adult, it isn’t that I avoid it, it’s just that when I read the blurb it doesn’t tend to capture my attention. However, the combination of the intriguing blurb and fantastic cover of Elle Cosimano’s Holding Smoke had me eagerly waiting its arrival on my kindle. It tells the tale of John “Smoke” Conlan who has been wrongly jailed for murder. But, he has the unusual ability that allows his spirit to leave his body and roam the world. Which, is a talent he uses to his advantage to get an advantage whilst locked up.

It can sometimes be the case that a good cover and a well written blurb can mislead you about the contents, I am pleased to say I found this wasn’t the case with Holding Smoke. It managed to grip me from beginning to end and had me immediately looking up Elle Cosimano for more of her books.

What I really liked about Holding Smoke was John’s character from whom’s POV the story was told from. He hasn’t had an easy life, in fact life has pretty much beat the shit out of him and landed him behind bars. And yet, unlike other heroes, of which there are many, he doesn’t turn in to angsty, broody mess, or atleast he does it just enough to be attractive and not slap-worthy. This book was centred around the mystery of the murder that John had supposedly committed and with the aid of Pink, a girl John used to go to school with, they manage to uncover the truth.

Admittedly, the truth wasn’t that hard to figure out once you got a few of the facts, which is pretty much the only reason why this book hasn’t got 5 stars. The interesting parts of the book was John’s interactions in the Y (the facility he was kept in) and the friendships, as well as enemies, that he had there. I would also have liked to have seen more of Pink and John, I would liked her to have been a stronger presence in the book, although admittedly that may have been hard to achieve given their physical locations.

If you’re looking for a YA mystery with a hint of paranormal and a romance then you need to pick this up. Actually scratch that, I recommend you give this book a try no matter what genre you are looking for, it’s a fantastic read that will keep you interested until the end.
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Elizabeth

This sounds intriguing…thanks

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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On my TBR list!

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kathy valentine

great review!!!

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Darynda Jones

Sounds like a great read. Thanks!

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Thanks for the rec Suzanne

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