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Book Review: Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton (Blog Tour + Giveaway!)

Welcome to the Smoke and Key blog tour! Today I will be reviewing Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton. There will be a giveaway at the end, so stick around!

I am only one of 18 tour hosts this time around, so make sure you visit all of the other stops on this tour!

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About the Author: Kelsey Sutton

Kelsey Sutton

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, napping with her rescue dogs, or browsing a bookstore.

You can visit her online at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

About the Book: Smoke and Key

Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton, published April 2nd 2019 by Entangled Teen.

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic, Horror

Smoke and Key
(book cover)

Official Synopsis:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim…

OMG, this book. I am one of those people who puts things off until the last moment if I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I did that with reading Smoke and Key because I have to read another book this week for another tour, and my family is in the height of our move, tomorrow being the day my family packs up the moving truck and heads to our new home. I’m a bit stressed. So I put off doing the one thing that generally brings me peace. Reading. I know, right? I didn’t even think of it that way until I sat down to write this, but it’s true. I picked up this book a few days ago around 10pm at night and got to chapter 3 before I had to go to bed. I hadn’t gotten far, but this book already had me on the edge of my seat! There had been two twists, a murder, and so much more was starting to happen! I woke up the next morning almost anxious to get back into reading it. Sometimes I can become so involved in a book I forget to eat, sleep, bathe, interact with my family, etc. It can get bad for me physically and mentally. But at the same time, it means I’ve found my new favorite thing and I couldn’t wait to get into this book even further!

As soon as Key falls into Under and meets Smoke, you know he is the love interest. I loved him instantly. I loved how protective of Doll Key was, and how Ribbon wanted to become Key’s friend because she wished someone had done that for her. It was so interesting seeing Key meet all of these people and learn about them. Journal was interesting and I wished we had learned more about him, but this was not his story.

Side Note: I think the title should’ve been solely about Key because this was her story, but the title does sound better with Smoke in it.

I loved how well written this story was. Dialogue was good, mannerisms for that era (1910) were some of the most believable I’ve read without getting too dreary or overwhelming, and The characters Key, Kathleen, Smoke and partially Journal had nice development. I was not a huge fan of the love triangle, but I never am. This one was subtle though, so I didn’t find it annoying. You could tell who she would pick and the only stress was whether is was okay morally or not.

The ending was a tad confusing, and it sounded like Sutton was leaving the back door to this world cracked in case she ever wanted to return, but she has confirmed under the Smoke And Key Goodreads page that this is a stand alone. This is one of those books that you definitely have to go back and reread to see it from the perspective of knowing how things end. You want to go back and see how the threads were all there already, who knew or remembered what, and just details in general you may have missed because you got so excited by what was happening you started skim reading in your haste to find out what happens next. (Wait, that just me? Oh, Okay. Skip that part then.)

2019 has been a good reading year for me in terms of quality and quantity. This was somehow my 40th book read this year, but this is the year I’ve read the most outside my comfort zone and given this many books 5 stars. There’s gotta be a link in that somewhere. If anything, take this as a sign to open up your reading options! You never know what may become your next favorite book! This is definitely a new favorite of mine, and I can’t wait for the day when I have enough extra money lying around to buy myself a copy!

Smoke And Key by Kelsey Sutton
(3D Cover)

Are you ready for this giveaway? Two lucky winners will receive one (1) SIGNED copy of Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton! Enter below, and good luck!

Thank you so much to Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour and for sending me a copy of Kelsey’s book to read!

Watercolor dividers painted by @PhantomNavy on Instagram


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