Smoke and Key

Smoke and Key

by Kelsey Sutton

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ISBN-13: 9781640636019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 907,533
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is the author of The Lonely Ones, a middle-grade novel in verse that received a starred review from Kirkus. She is also the author of Some Quiet Place, and its companion novel Where Silence Gathers, both published by Flux. She is also the author of the YA e-book original GARDENIA.

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Smoke and Key 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ShakBlak 3 hours ago
Imagine waking up as you were falling, but you’re different than you remember. The difference… you’re dead. You don’t know how you died, you have no memories. Now, those who were with you are slowly disappearing, and you have to find out why before you’re next. While this was a bit of a slow start for me, it was still an interesting story. The characters and the plot kept you guessing. It was interesting to meet some of the characters, such as Smoke, Journal and Ribbon. The story is told from Key’s perspective and the details of the world created was great. There was a romance aspect but it’s wasn’t a main factor. Kelsey Sutton’s writing is stunning. It’s engaging and she tells quite the story. The pace was just a bit slow, which kept this from being a 5-star review. I’m interested to read more of her work.
BookwormforKids 12 days ago
Fantasy, paranormal and mystery fans who are looking for a different type of read will enjoy picking up this one. Key wakes to find herself in a dark, tightly enclosed space with only a voice coming from nowhere. Then, she falls. Landing in the Under, a strange place that many have fallen from their graves into after their deaths, her memories have who she was and who she knew during life are gone. Instead, she needs to find her place in a society of dead people...most who are at least partially decomposed and suffering the same memory loss. Soon, she finds some friends but, at the same time, her memories start to return. Then, the impossible happens. Someone is brutally murdering the already dead, and Key begins to suspect it has something to do with her and the object whose namesake she now carries—the key around her neck. I'm not sure where to start with this review, since there's no way I can possibly bring the story across in all of its rich strangeness and curious atmosphere. It takes place in a space under the dirt, where types of living spaces have been carved out of the dirt. And the characters are partially decomposed, except for Key, who although laying in her grave for years, has somehow remained pretty much intact. The dead are friendly enough and have formed a type of townish society. It's an odd setting with a dismal atmosphere, and it works. Each character, named after whatever object they might have possessed when they 'fell', gains a surprisingly rich personality. Everything is coated with a sense of mystery and curiosity, and as the plot unfolds, all of it gains in depth. The characters hook and each possess their own surprising history. The mystery itself isn't so much a hunt for clues, but unfolds as the memories return in dreamlike flashbacks. While a bit predictable in some respects, the mixture works and makes it hard to put the book down. There's romance in here too, which is warm and yet, strange in its own right thanks to the characters being dead. This leaves an odd feel to it, which isn't necessarily bad or good. Simply different. I received a complimentary copy and am giving this 4.5 and rounding up.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 12 days ago
So, honestly even though it started with what was supposed to be a pretty exciting or sudden frightening event, I felt as if it started a bit slow for me. It took a bit to get in. A third of the way through it did pick up, and I became invested in the characters and what was happening. As I continued to read I started thinking of what might be the twist. While I thought I knew what it might be, the author definitely kept me guessing till the end with the true motivations. There was at least one twist I did not see coming, even as who certain characters were fell into place, one or two still were surprises when I found out who they had been in the world before. While I get who and why all of this happened, I feel like the twists and turns made it harder for me to believe exactly how it all went down. It was original in how it ended and its overall plot, but I wouldn't put it as a top read of mine for the year. However it did keep my attention for the most part, and had some good moments and interesting character development, it maybe be more for you than it was for me.
HugsandKissesforBooks 15 days ago
Unusual supernatural story! Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton! The story opens as the main character awakens in a cramped space, then feels a falling sensation. She discovers that she’s fallen into Under, which is a place where some people go after they die. Others start being terminated by being burned by a murderer. The only way Under residents die is through being burned because they are already dead. A strange story about the people who reside in Under and what happens when they gain their memories back. My favorite part of the book details the relationship memories of Smoke and Key. A little bit of magic used in the inappropriate way and revenge fuels the plot. Being slow at times and the unusual world-building earn 3 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Mind-of-Luxe 15 days ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Holy cow, this was fantastic! I know I say that often about books, but this really was a spectacular read. I even doubt I’ll be able to give the book justice by this review, but here’s to trying anyway… Set in the mysterious place called Under, Key tries to uncover the truth about why she’s fallen out of her grave and, more importantly, who she really is. Because all her memories are gone, and so are those of the other undead there. I love the mystery itself in this one. It was so mind-boggling since readers’ knowledge are limited to what Key witnesses. Also, considering the fact that everyone in Under doesn’t have memories as well just adds to the thrill! The main character wasn’t that interesting but the whole concept of the book absolutely won me over. I wouldn’t normally enjoy books that have boring MCs but I was surprised to have loved this. It was so engaging to find out more about the past, the place and how everyone got to be in Under. The backstory wasn’t what I expected, but it certainly was fantastic nonetheless! Unique and exhilarating, Smoke and Key really deserves 5-star ratings. I could not put this book down!
Anonymous 16 days ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I enjoyed this story, but it somehow felt like the beginning and middle dragged on while the ending came too quickly. The pace of the story felt off and it somewhat affected my judgement of the story. Another thing I noticed was while I loved the story, it felt familiar to me. Like I had read this before with some minor details and names changed. It felt so familiar, I could plot it out from the beginning exactly what happens. Did that subtract from the story? No. It just means it's the kind of story I would like and read, with just a hint of deja vu. I did lower my rating due to pacing and the time I read it. I started reading this after hearing news of the death of my friend, and while I wanted something distracting, this story hit a bit too close to home. This probably wasn't the best time to read this story, but the mystery pulled me in and I couldn't resist. Overall, I liked the story. I thought the mystery aspect was well thought out and interesting. I wished pacing was a bit different, but it didn't take away too much from the story overall. I would absolutely recommend this if you're looking for a creepy, quick read. Perfect for Halloween time!
safah_loves_literature 19 days ago
"I NEED NOT BE FULL TO BE SIGNIFICANT. I NEED NOT BE WHOLE TO BE BEAUTIFUL." "Smoke And Key" by Kelsey Sutton had me checking my pulse, feeling my heartbeat, and gasping for air. Our main character Key wakes up to a strange voice calling her awake. She is in a confined space; the ceiling is right above her, and the walls are all around her. Violently, she starts pounding and screaming, and then.....she falls. Into a strange land where the sky is made of earth. A young girl approaches her, but something is not quite right. The young girl is decaying from various parts of her body. Our main character takes off and runs where a voice guides her to a young boy; Smoke. Who looks almost alive except for the wound across his neck that he couldn't possibly have survived. Smoke Tells her she is dead along with everyone else here. The people of the underground don't have any memories of before they died. They don't know their names or why they are the only ones here. They have accepted the underground, and their deaths and have found peace, or so they claim. But Key isn't like the others, Key wants to live again. Key starts having memories; she knows she is the reason these people are dead. A serial killer is on the loose and the dead start dying. will her memories reveal the murderer on time? Will she be able to find the door? will she be able to lift the curse? and send these people and herself into a peaceful, everlasting slumber? "Smoke and Key" is a fast-paced paranormal dark fantasy novel. I found the concept unique and captivating. The book is thoroughly enthralling and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read it in 2 sittings and could not put it down or get it out of my head. For those 2 days reading it, and the many after, it captivated my life completely. It is beautifully written and intricately described. I love how the author creates a rich atmosphere in the book, and it feels like your right there. The book contains mystery and once it was solved it took me by surprise. I love the way the mystery is solved part by part and it feels like your putting jigsaw pieces together. The love triangle is very competitive and is also woven into a mystery. It is uniquely done. There are elements of humour thrown throughout the book. Our main character Key is very relatable and loves to read. I think this book is suitable for anyone above the age of 14. I found it a bit creepy, but it wasn't disturbing. Our characters have a 1960s Ireland aesthetic. I rate Smoke and key by Kelsey Sutton 3 out of 5 stars. I very much enjoyed this book but I feel as if though it is not something that will stick with me. I do hope to read more by Kelsey Sutton. "Smoke And Key" is full of dark witchcraft murder and mystery that keeps you guessing "HE TASTES OF TOBACCO LEAVES, GIN, AND A HINT OF BLOOD.FORBIDDEN."
Danii_045 20 days ago
Smoke and Key is an interesting mysterious read and I know my review isn’t going to do it justice. It’s set in a dystopian world and has a tainted edge. It’s dark and has a twist. Imagine waking up in a place close to death. Everyone has lost their memory and your body feels undead. The name given to you links to the object given to you in your new skin. Key is new to the dystopian world but she’s also different. She is the start of the cracks. Everyone has a story but nobody can remember how it started. A key needs to find a door but this mystery is more than meets the eye. With the arrival of Key a chain of murders occur. Love is just a game if you don’t understand the players. This story starts like a horror movie and I will admit I was scared walking down the dark path. It offers mystery, suspense, magic and romance. This isn’t your typical romance. It isn’t your typical murder mystery. It’s strange and enchanting. It’s addictive and ugly. It’s hard for me to rate this book because it was executed perfectly but it left a strange taste. It’s the start of a series and offers something different. It’s not my typical read, and it’s not for everyone, but I couldn’t put it down therefore I’m rating 4 stars. It’s unique and twisted. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
etoile1996 20 days ago
in smoke and key, a dark young adult paranormal historical mystery (say that three times fast), a young woman wakes up in the under. she only knows herself by the name of key. and soon she learns that everyone who inhabits this place is dead. but she has memories she shares with another, a boy names smoke. and these fragmented memories seem to hind at the moment of her death. but someone doesn't want her unraveling that mystery. and soon the others in under start to turn up deader than they already were. and so key has to find a way to access all her memories and solve the mystery of this killer. it's a whodunit, so no spoilers here. but an enjoyable, atmospheric young adult read. **smoke and key will publish on april 2, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
marongm8 20 days ago
Such a thrilling and enticing YA Novel that will leave readers on the edge of their seats wanting more. I absolutely love the names of the characters and how each of them symbolize an object that is crucial to the story. Each page was a different conflict with so much drama and resolution that my eyes were just glued to the page and I could not stop reading. Each page was a new twist and turn and went in unexpected directions that nobody saw coming. We will consider adding this book to our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
FizzaYounis 21 days ago
This is such a beautiful and sad story. I loved it so much, the whole concept of Under and the curse made it epic. What started as a simple love affair soon resulted in many deaths and a mystery that needs to be solved before any soul can rest in peace. In Under no one has a name. Everyone is simply called by whatever they had on them at the time of their falling. So, Key is Key because that's what she had on her when she fell. She is the new arrival and everyone is trying to teach her the ways of Under in their own way. She meets Smoke and feels things that the dead should not feel. Then there is Journal, always reading something and researching. People around her are good and she starts making friends. But in the shadows, a danger lurks, a murderer is on lose and only Key can solve this mystery. Because no one remembers their lives from Topside, it is not easy to learn the truth. Key, however, feels that there is more to this place than meets the eye. This in-between place where they are neither alive nor dead is holding some secret and only when it is unraveled will they be able to cross-over. The story is told beautifully and the mystery is kept until the very end. It is the kind of novel that will make you hold your breath and sit at the edge of your chair while you try to make sense of everything going on in the Under. I really enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend to all fellow readers.
onemused 21 days ago
"Smoke and Key" is an intriguing and macabre YA mystery. We follow Key into the world of Under as she wakes in her grave and then falls through to a world underneath the graveyard. She and the others of Under retain their memories of the world without any autobiographical memories. As such, they call themselves by the name of the object on their person when they fall into Under. Each person is in a different state of decay, depending on how long they were in their graves before falling into Under when their appearance freezes, giving some grisly descriptions. Key, luckily, is pretty well preserved. She also feels that her memories lie just beneath the surface, and as though she can remember who she is. Drawn to Smoke (found with cigar and fancy cigar holder) and Journal (found with his journal), she feels that she can solve the mystery of Under which the others have been resigned to live. The only way to die in Under is to be burnt to ashes. When bodies begin showing up burnt with their tongues cut out, Key will need to solve the mysteries not only of Under itself but also of the murderer, before it is too late. This was a quickly moving and mysterious book with an element of horror (from the descriptions of people and the murders) that follows Key as she begins to dismantle the unknown through slowly arriving memories and searching. While the mystery is deliciously slow, the book reads very quickly as it is hard to leave Under without knowing the truth. The ending is left rather open, and we do not find the final end to the story- I would have liked more closure, but I understand why it was left as is. Overall, this was a creepy and quick read that had me rapidly turning pages to learn more about Under and about its enigmatic residents. Readers of YA mysteries who like a touch of horror will enjoy this engaging fiction. Please note that I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC which I received from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
SchizanthusNerd 21 days ago
“You’re dead, darlin’. This isn’t hell, but it’s the next best thing.” She hears a voice imploring her to wake up. She falls and finds herself surrounded by dirt. In Under she meets a group of strangers whose bodies are in different stages of decomposition. While they can all remember general knowledge they do not remember anything personal from their lives. Each awoke with an item that was buried with them, an item that helps their owner decide their Under name. The girl who wakes at the beginning of the book becomes Key. She meets Ribbon, Smoke, Journal, Handkerchief, Doll, and many others. Shortly after Key arrives in Under the first murder occurs and there’s no waking up from this death. ‘We are ghosts, but we are the ones being haunted.’ Key’s flashbacks provide frequent snippets of information about her life before death, building towards revelations that may hold more danger than she could imagine. I found the flashbacks interesting but expect readers who aren’t a fan of multiple flashbacks could find their frequency and slow drip of information irritating. I liked getting to know the main characters but found many of the minor characters interchangeable. Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review (Schizanthus Nerd). Overall this was an enjoyable read (one I can see myself rereading) and I am interested in reading more of this author’s books. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, for the opportunity to read this book.