Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2) by Renée Ahdieh

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

For weeks, seventeen-year-old Mariko pretended to be a boy to infiltrate the notorious Black Clan and bring her would-be murderer to justice. She didn't expect to find a place for herself among the group of fighters—a life of usefulness—and she certainly didn't expect to fall in love. Now she heads to the imperial castle to resume a life she never wanted to save the boy she loves.Ōkami has been captured, and his execution is a certainty. Mar...

Details Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

TitleSmoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

  • Emily May
    It was a night for magic. A night swirling with mystery, an unknowable energy pulsing in its depths. Okay, I'm going to be honest about something: I remember enjoying the arc I read of Flame in the Mist last year but, before reading this book, I couldn't remember anything that happened. In fact, I wasn't sure I was going to continue with the duology. When I was lucky enough to get an arc of this sequel, I figured I'd just give it a shot.And it al...
  • Lola
    Who invented duologies?No, but really, since when is it okay for a series with such unique content and loveable characters to end so soon? Yes, I am in mourning. I should be celebrating, because that ending is priceless, the author wrapped things up very nicely, but instead I am suffering from Flame in the Mist withdrawal. Just when you start caring for the protagonists so much… they are stolen away from you. Hatred for duologies aside, I have ...
  • Warda
    “She would not turn back on what defined her…”It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best it could’ve been for me. I felt like it almost lulled into a false sense of security, because the beginning was that good. Firstly, this book had quite a few typos. Editors, what the hell?! Secondly, it started off great. I was so excited to be back in this world again as I loved Flame in the Mist.At the beginning of the story, we were re-introduced to...
  • jessica
    renee ahdieh is the queen of duologies. she has mastered the art of giving just enough of the story to satisfy the reader - not too much, and not too little; just the right amount. it felt like this was the yin to the ‘flame in the mist’ yang. where the first book was very fast paced and daring, this was more calm and calculating. so neat how one whole story can come together with two completely different halves. and whilst i am more than sat...
  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    THE REVIEW IS POSTEDFlame in the Mist : ★★★★ my reviewSmoke in the Sun : ★★★3,7 STARS "I would rather die for love than stand by and watch my love perish." My Opinion Time!To be honest, I still can't believe that I have finished reading this book because I remember reading the first book months ago and I loved it and after I finished reading the first book, I felt like there was something missing inside of me and the sequel woul...
  • April
    I do wish this series was a trilogy though.
  • Elena May
    “Respect is not a thing granted. It is a thing earned.” A fitting conclusion to the duology. Mariko is no longer in the woods, dressed as a boy and playing outlaw. It’s time for her to learn diplomacy and how to survive at court. The world becomes bigger, and we get glimpses into more characters and the magic system—something I sorely missed in the first book.My biggest problem with the first book was that the characters’ morality was ...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A wonderful conclusion to a duology that’s built upon its predecessor to create a magical world with colourful characters set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan. The story follows almost immediately after the conclusion of Flame in the Mist, with little time to catch your breath before the action begins. We find Mariko being transported to the Emperors palace to meet her future ...
  • Beth
    Thank you to NetGally for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.4 Stars!“She would not turn her back on what defined her, even if others perceived it as a weakness."I originally didn’t know what to think going into this, I thought Flame in the Mist was okay, and had no idea where the journey would take us, but this was SO good! I have to admit I had hit a bit of a reading slump part way through this for a number of reasons, I wasn...
  • Suzanne
    This one was more political than Flame in the Mist. However, like Flame in the Mist it had some really awesome moments throughout the book. I really enjoyed this duology more than I thought I would when Flame in the Mist first came out. In my opinion, the characters had a lot more depth and detail to them than in the first book. I did have a couple moments when it was a bit blah for me but there were way more awesome moments that make those blah ...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    "This was what it meant to be truly free. To be herself and no one else.To be loved as she was."1) Flame in the mist ★★★★★4.5Why didn't I five Smoke in the sun five full stars?Well, there's only one thing Renee Ahdieh needs to work on: how to write endings. Seriously, she has written two amazing duologues but both of them had incredibly rushed endings. Plus, the epilogues are always too short. For example, here we don't know what happen...
  • may ❀
    me trying to figure out where this book went wrong basic log of how it went: first 100 pages: i am confusionpage 101 to 300: i sTaNpage 301 to 380: wait what???!!??page 381 till the end: how bloody effing convenient i have nothing else to say besides, where were there so many characters and why did i remember none?2.5 stars
  • Manisha
    Actual review: 4.5““Everything in life began with an idea.”What an idea this book was. Smoke in the Sun is the second and final book in the Flame in the Mist duology, a tale inspired by the story of Mulan. I found this book to be an entertaining, somewhat complex, and a feminist portrayal of character study that surpassed my expectations. I can’t help but state the one compliment that is hard to bestow onto YA books in general: I did not ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Actual rating 3.75/5 stars.Smoke in the Sun is the second book in the Flame in the Mist duology. This final instalment continues to follow Mariko, fiercely independent in a world that expects its females to be anything but. This fantasy, inspired by Feudal Japan, focuses on both the shifting allegiances and political intrigue of the Emperor's court, as well as the wider tribulations, troubling the kingdom.Before beginning this book I only had the...
  • Angelica
    Real Rating: 2.75Last year I read the first book in this duology, Flame in the Mist. I liked it. It was alright. I gave it three stars. I also had so many questions in terms of worldbuilding and the magic system. I also had some problems with the oh, so intelligent main character, Mariko. Still, I was interested enough to read this book and see how it all ended.Now, I must say, I'm only slightly more a fan of Mariko, and I still have so many qu...
  • Laura
    It took a bit of time to remember the plot and characters from the first book. It's not usually this difficult especially when I remember loving the prior novel, but that's how it was here. In my notes, I found myself writing refreshers of who everyone was. However, once I got back into the plot and remembered all the details, I was excited to be thrown back into this beautifully written feudal Japanese setting.While book one saw Mariko go underc...
  • Noha Badawi
    I didn’t expect the sequel to be this good but it was and i really, really enjoyed it. full review
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Family, loyalty, attraction, betrayal, power.THIS is how you write a second book. It was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much more than the first.As I started this book I was like "help, what happened in the first one?" and I searched for recaps. Because you have to have read the first book to read this one, it picks back up only days after the first and there is very little reflection on what happened previously.I really feel that Mariko ...
  • Lu
    Please tell me this is just the UK cover and they will come out with another to match US/hardback-Flame in the Mist please Please tell me this is not a cover changePlease it's 2o18 dammit,I thought we were freaking done with cover changingPlease?
  • Alaina
    So glad Andy told me about this audio! YOU ARE ACA-AWESOME!Smoke in the Sun was a pretty good sequel to the Flame in the Mist. It continues right where the first book left off. Which if you haven't read that book, Mariko is on her way to the Emperor's Palace. Once there she will meet her future husband and find out some interesting information along the way.Mariko is just an easy to like kind of character. I just felt so bad for her though becaus...
  • Sepani
    The world building was great where I felt that I was consumed by the authors writing skills. The book is really good except the fact that I got confused with the names….
  • Karen
    12/07/18 Full Review Okay, I've had a few days to think about this book. I'll say i liked it, but didn't completely love it either I believe this a solid 3.5 rating, I do believe it was well executed, in terms of the plot and action, but it still had a few faults I will have some spoilers from the first book and in this book. Spoiler alert for you, last chance Okay, as we saw in the final moments of the previous novel, the emperor is poisoned by ...
  • Sophie Elaina
    This was a glorious part two to a wonderful duology!The characters were by far my favourite aspect of this book. The protagonist Mariko is clever and strong willed, making for a powerful character to read about.So often 'strong women' in literature are portrayed quite literally with actual strong physical skill and strength and that's great but you can be strong in other ways than physically! I can't relate as much to that as to a character...
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader-in-Wonderland)
    Do you know this one deep quote which tries so hard to be dramatically meaningful but fails miserably. Ends up being pretentious and so full of itself it can't even see the light of day anymore? (Hello to John Green's books btw!) This duology start to finish is just like that one dreadful quote.Meh. I probably shouldn't have expected anything better than book one which I also gave 2 stars to. This one was actually weaker than the first book in te...
  • -S♡
    ★4 Stars! Smoke In The Sun...“Ingenuity could be a weapon, in all its forms. Her mind could be a sword. Her voice could be an axe. Her fury could ignite a fire.”My favorite quotes from this book:1. “It had taken her losing everything she knew to finally understand. Feeling pain and sorrow was not at all a sign of weakness.It was a sign of love.”2. “As swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as the fire, as unshakable as ...