Blog Tour for Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian (review and giveaway)

 

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I am so excited to be part of this blog tour hosted by RockStar Book Tours.  Ash Princess was a favorite last year, so I was thrilled to get to read Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian early.  I am sharing my review today and there will be a giveaway.

 

Title: LADY SMOKE (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Pub. Date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 512

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudible,  B&NiBooksTBD

 

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The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. 


The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.


Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.


To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.


Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.


A darkly enchanting page-turner you won’t be able to put down.” –Bustle on Ash Princess, Book 1 in the Ash Princess series

 

 

About Book 1:

Title: ASH PRINCESS (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Pub. Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 432

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudible,  B&N,  iBooksTBD

 

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

 

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

 

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

 

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

 

 

My Review:

 

Lady Smoke was high on my most anticipated list and it didn’t disappoint. If you loved Ash Princess, you’ll love this one, too.

 

Lady Smoke starts off right where Ash Princess left off. Theo, Blaise, Heron, and Artemisia are on Dragonsbane’s boat. Soren is there, too, but is a prisoner. Theo is having nightmares about Cress and doesn’t know what to do about the Kaiser. She knows she needs to get Astrea back, but she’s unsure how to go about it. She’s also starting to feel more fire and wakes up one night with burn marks on her sheet. Blaise is having trouble controlling his gift and asks Artemisia to kill him if he loses all control.

 

Dragonsbane has an idea to help Theo create an army. She is to marry into power with another country and use their combined armies to beat the Kaiser. This idea obviously bothers Theo. She has feelings for both Blaise and Soren. But she also isn’t sure what else to do. She agrees to go to Sta’Criveran. King Etristo has agreed to host anyone interested in marrying Theo. The King is mostly interested in money. The Kaiser has a bounty on Theo and Soren’s heads, but King Etristo knows he can get more from helping her. Theo also finds a way to get Soren freed and he becomes one of her advisors.

 

In Sta’Criveran, Theo and her group are given everything they could need. The palace is beautiful and the King is very rich. But they soon find out that there is a refugee camp with people being starved. Theo wants to help them in any way that she can. But she must stay at the palace and meet with the suitors. During this time, people start dying and it’s believed that the Kaiser found them. There are multiple betrayals and Theo must find a way to create an army right away.

 

“Some things are worth fighting for even when the fight seems hopeless.”

 

There is a lot of fighting and action, but there is a growing friendship between Artemisia and Theo that I really liked. I’m still team Soren (sorry Blaise), so I was happy to see Theo and Soren getting to know each other again. And Erik appears in the book which made me very happy. I don’t want to get into much else because I want the readers to experience everything themselves. I was so happy to get back into this world (not that it’s a good one) with these characters. Ash Princess was a top ten book for me last year and I loved Lady Smoke just as much.

 

One thing that really stood out to me what Theo finding her strenght, even when she was unsure. And there were multiple times that she stood up for women that I really appreciated.

 

“I hope you come to see that a woman can wield power beyond what’s between her legs–for your daughter’s sake if nothing else.”

 

Warnings for abuse, fighting/violence, death, murder, slavery. Like Ash Princess, this is a book with some dark themes.

 

Thank you to Delacorte Press for sending me a physical arc for review. All quotes were taken from an unfinished copy and may change before publication. I gave this book 5 stars and cannot wait for book three.

 

 

Link to my review of Ash Princess.

 

 

About Laura:

 

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Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

 

After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.

 

When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.

 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

 

 

Giveaway:

 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of LADY SMOKE, US Only.

 

Rafflecopter Link

 

 

Follow The Tour:

 

Week One:

1/1/2019- To Be Read– Review

1/2/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

1/3/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

1/4/2019- Random Bookish Banter– Review

 

Week Two:

1/7/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review

1/8/2019- Jrsbookreviews– Review

1/9/2019- Omg Books and More Books– Review

1/10/2019- Fiction Fare– Review

1/11/2019- Du Livre– Review

 

Week Three:

1/14/2019- Loie Dunn– Review

1/15/2019- A Court of Coffee and Books– Review

1/16/2019- Paws and Paperbacks– Review

1/17/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

1/18/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

 

Week Four:

1/21/2019- Paper Reader– Review

1/22/2019- Adventures and Reading– Review

1/23/2019- Popthebutterfly Reads– Review

1/24/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

1/25/2019- YA Books Central– Interview

 

Week Five:

1/28/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

1/29/2019- Colorimetry– Interview

1/30/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

1/31/2019- Kat’s Books– Review

 

 

Thank you for stopping by today?  Have you read Ash Princess?  Are you planning on reading Lady Smoke?

 

 

 

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I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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