on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: contemporary, paranormal
John "Smoke" Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn't the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke's new home and the only one he believes he deserves.
But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they're asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn't care that the "threads" that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.
Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink's help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he's willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.
Hi guys! Welcome to my tour stop for Elle Cosimano’s latest book. I am a huge fan of Cosimano’s books, so I knew that I wanted to be a part of this tour. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on her latest, Holding Smoke. Also, if you are in the US, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
First of all, this premise was DYNAMITE. Oh my god, normally I don’t do paranormal stuff, but when I saw this book was written by Elle Cosimano who had authored one of my favorite books, Nearly Gone, I knew I had to read this one. I was also so nervous because I wanted so badly to love this book because I was a huge fan of this author in general. While I can say I didn’t love it like I wanted to, I can say that I enjoyed it very much.
John “Smoke” Conlan was a very interesting character. First off, I’m not used to the male character being the first to be introduced in a book. I think I can count on one hand how many times I’ve encountered this. Alternating POV’s are obviously exempt from this. I was really worried about how the author would handle it when he shed his physical body at night. I was really worried that it would read weird and I’d lose any kind of attachment I had already developed towards the MC.
In fact, I found myself becoming more interested in the story as it kept going. Especially once he met Pink. I found the speed of the story picked up the pace after that point. She was really awesome and she didn’t think he was crazy. She had no problem with the fact that only she could see him and that it was not in the physical sense. She had the ability to handle this a whole heck of a lot better than I ever could.
Cosimano got the description of juvenile rehabilitation centers really well. A family friend’s teenager was at one of those a few years ago and the description of it in Holding Smoke was very accurate. I was worried about the accuracy when I first started reading it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how accurate it was. It actually made me feel like I was in the facility and that is the best possible feeling to have when reading.
The plot was awesome, the pacing was really good and the character development was really good. I am so glad I read this book, but I am disappointed that I didn’t love this book the way I wanted to. I would recommend this book to those of you who like books with paranormal elements in it.
Author of NEARLY GONE, NEARLY FOUND, HOLDING SMOKE, and THE SUFFERING TREE (Disney*Hyperion, 2017). Represented by Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.
3 Finished Copies of HOLDING SMOKE (US Only)