AMBER SMOKE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


I was so excited to get the chance to read Kristin Cast’s AMBER SMOKE early and am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour celebrating its release. The author’s House of Night series is among the very first YA books I’d read and I am totally stoked she’s authoring a new series on her own, especially one involving Greek mythology and one that gives a tiny nod to her first series.

For my tour stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this first book in the series and sharing a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of the book, a gift card and a book-inspired temporary tattoo.

If you haven’t yet heard about AMBER SMOKE or seen its gorgeous cover, some information about the book, and places to find it online, is below.


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Title & Series: AMBER SMOKE (The Escaped #1)
Author: Kristin Cast
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Pages: 254
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


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 Nightseries, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.



Amber Smoke is thrilling and funny with just the right amount of magic. Brilliant job, Kristin Cast!” —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I love Kristin Cast! In Amber Smoke, Cast’s wit, creativity and talent shine!  I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat!” —Gena Showalter, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

AMBER SMOKE is a super quick read with an interesting twist on Greek mythology, a start to a romance that looks to sizzle, and the beginning of a series that promises to be exciting. It sets the stage for what is to come in the series, introduces its main characters, and leaves off with a cliffhanger ending that is sure to make readers anxious for the next book.

The Underworld needs saving and there’s only one chance left to do so. With the trapped souls escaping, wreaking havoc in the Mortal Realm, the Furies have to send their son, their warrior, Alek out to try and bring them back and close the door between the worlds. And he’ll need to find Eva, the descendant of the first Oracle of Delphi, to help him.

But with a killer on the loose and his sights set on Eva, Alek doesn’t have much time to find her and restore her powers. He’ll have to channel his abilities, abilities he’s not even sure how to use, if he has any hope of success. And he can’t afford to fail. Because with time running out, any mistake could mean the end for both worlds.

Kristin Cast put a different and intriguing spin on Greek myth in her new series. With a curse allowing an unknown number evil souls to escape, an inexperienced and untrained warrior along with an Oracle who doesn’t even know what she’s capable of the only hope for saving Tartarus, this series looks like it will be a nail-biter. Especially given the cliffhanger ending and the teaser for what’s up next.

AMBER SMOKE started with a captivating prologue but then took some time for the story to grab hold and there were a number of elements that took away from the story. At times the story felt a bit too juvenile for having characters in their early- to mid-twenties. For such a short story there was too much of a focus on things that seemed frivolous and not germane in any way to the characters or the story. Eva’s poor decision-making seemed an unrealistic vehicle to further the story. And there some inconsistencies to Alek’s assimilation into the Mortal Realm.

Nevertheless, it is an engaging and entertaining read and it looks to be a series that is just as addictive as the author’s other series.

The Rating


About Kristin Cast


Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.


The Giveaway


There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED copy of the book (print), a $50 Nook gift card, a book inspired  temporary tattoo metallic – US ONLY

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