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Amber Smoke

(The Escaped #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,390 ratings  ·  310 reviews
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send
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Published June 9th 2015 by Diversion Books
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Jessie That was my concern as well but so far the series doesn't seem to be this way. I just finished the book and you have nothing to worry about, at least …moreThat was my concern as well but so far the series doesn't seem to be this way. I just finished the book and you have nothing to worry about, at least in this first book. Here is my review if you want to see it-

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Always Pouting
Once upon a time one of the furies fell in love with a sol passing through the underworld and brought upon a curse to it. Now all the terrible things trapped in the underworld are breaking out and there's only one chance at getting them back. That love affair that brought the curse onto the underworld also gave the furies their only son Alek, an untested warrior who must now set out to find the descendant of the Oracle, Eva, who can help him save his home. Eva doesn't know about her ancestry and ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

If you've ever wondered how much of the annoying dialogue in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series the daughter of the mother/daughter writing duo was responsible for, here's your answer: ALL of it.

And without Mommy to at least keep the plot on track, this was an absolute disaster. I think I made it about a third of the way in before I couldn't take any more. TSTL heroine, idiotic hero, ridikkulous mythology, just STAHP.
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.)

“Only at the moment when her mortal heart ceases to beat will her destiny ignite and the strengths of the Oracle become free. This will be the future, or your beloved Tartarus will decay beyond repair, and you will be responsible for its extinction.”

This book had some really cheesy, melodramatic moments, but it wasn’t too bad overall.

Eva was maybe a little bit naïve fo
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Mythology, immortals, evil, attraction, Grecian.

Honestly? I didn't set my hopes too high for this one.

And I'm quite glad I didn't because it meant I wasn't too disappointed. And at times I even enjoyed myself when I was reading this. But.


The writing was so overly flowery it was laughable at times. It was like the author had sat with a thesaurus and whenever she was describing something would then jab her finger at a random word that means something vaguely similar and go with whatev
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
A handful of years ago, I became addicted to the The House of Night Series: Books 1-12 written by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin. When the series ended, I was sad, both women said they were finished, and I moved on (with a bit of sadness) to other books. So, I was fairly excited when Kristin announced that she was branching out on her own. Amber Smoke has a few of the same qualities of HON- supernatural, located in Tulsa, girl with a prophecy... but I guess what it really was missing was KC ...more
Initial reaction: My brain hurts after reading this book because it's very much all over the place. I think the long and short version is that this book tried to be a female mythologically D-grade sex horror comedy based version of Highlander and failed miserably.

If you don't understand that combination, trust me, neither can I.

Full review:

I was going to wait a night to meditate on my reaction to this book, but you know what, I think I'm ready just to react right now.

This book was terrible, irre
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural, lulz, pnr
If a book were ever a smear of shit ground into a white carpet and blasted with a hairdryer, it’s AMBER SMOKE. I’ve never read any of the HOUSE OF NIGHT books and I’ve never read a New Adult book so this was a first for me a couple of times over. The blurb just sounded interesting to me. Ignoring every screaming instinct inside me, I requested the book to read. I wanted to give it a shot. Now those instincts are smugly drinking wine and going ‘fucking told you so, didn’t we?’ Yes, yes they did. ...more
Althea Ann
DNF at 11%.

I began to have severe doubts when a Grecian mythological figure's diaphanous robes were described as "see-through."

I gave up after the random body-shame, and during the scene where the modern family is salivating over the Jimmy Choos.

Beatrice Masaluñga
Thank you NetGalley and Diversion Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Final rating: 2.5 stars

I'm a bit disappointed with this book. When I heard Kristin Cast has a new book, I was looking forward to it because I did enjoy the House of Night series. There's so much potential in this book. I like there's a touch of Greek Mythology here. Pretty concept actually. It's just that most parts of this book bored me to death and some parts aren't REALLY necessary. The mystery wasn'
Lia Angelidou
Originally posted in Bookland@wordpress.

I received an ARC from the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review .

I was about to give up on this book and rate it with a single star but after reading more than half of it, the story finally began.
The blurb was so promising and was talking about how "Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another." I was expecting some action and s
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Cast's New Adult paranormal romance is perhaps a bit cheesy, predictable and frustrating to read at times, but it's also quite fun in a guilty-pleasure kind of way, and it seems like a promising beginning to a great new series. I think fans of House of Night universe will definitely appreciate Cast's new series.

Amber Smoke offers a pretty unique twist on the Greek Myth about Furies. The story doesn't focus on the Furies themselves, though they do appear in it every now and then, and t
Kristin Cast’s Amber Smoke brings a tale based on Greek mythology to life when the human world and the underworld face complete destruction when terrors are escaping from the cages of Tartarus and spreading their evil across the veils. A hero from each realm must come forward, chosen by the fates or by ancestry neither will be prepared, but as time runs out, they must learn to trust and work together. How does a woman from the mortal world come to grips with her godly heritage trust in a man fro ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Amber Smoke reads like a set-up to a story - like something that could be condensed into a 100-page arc in a book, to get the story started.
The characters act more like 16-year-olds than the actual 23, and are naive and get on my nerves a bit, but I suppose that means there's potential for character development further on in the series.
A quick read but I wanted more from the story.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really had a hard time finishing this one, but finish it I did!

The characters felt incredibly one dimensional and the story line felt like a poorly executed knock off of better versions of this mythological tale.

I think it's safe to say I won't be reading the next in the series.
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I always round up.
full review to come.
Miriam Brickman
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I liked it but it was not on fire. I really liked the chemistry between Alek and Bridget. The mythology was on FLEEK
"You must leave now and find her. The Oracle and warrior together is the only hope our home and the Mortal Realm have. You must get to her in time to save her life. Without the two of you united, Tartarus will be lost and all human innocence will be wiped from their realm."

Amber Smoke is essentially a paranormal "mystery" novel centering around two rather dull characters.. While this is certainly a fast read, I didn't feel as if this novel really went anywhere and the journey along t
Madelyn Blake
Sounds Interesting... But I don't know, with the train wreck that the house of series is...


Amber Smoke is my first time reading this author; thus, I went in with no preconceived notions on what was to come. The blurb seemed interesting so I wanted to give it a try. This novel is a mix of suspense, murder mystery, action, mild humor, detective, Greek mythology, heroic fantasy and NA romance told in third person omniscient point of view.

It begins in Tartarus with the Furies. An authentic tale similar to the classic ones told of gods and heroes is given to set the reason behind everythin
Felicia [Felicia's Ink(t)]
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 5-star
“Not all of your foes will appear in their true form. You must learn to trust your instincts.”

I was happy to be back in Kristin's books again. I love the House of Night series very much!! It's been to long reading a book written by P.C. or Kristin.... And now I'm reading The escaped series, The Scent of Salt & Sand and Moon Chosen this month!! =] yay me

I already loved it when I read the prologue and saw the word furies. I love mythology, so this was a good start for me. I could definitely tell t
AMBER SMOKE is a super quick read with an interesting twist on Greek mythology, a start to a romance that looks to sizzle, and the beginning of a series that promises to be exciting. It sets the stage for what is to come in the series, introduces its main characters, and leaves off with a cliffhanger ending that is sure to make readers anxious for the next book.

The Underworld needs saving and there’s only one chance left to do so. With the trapped souls escaping, wreaking havoc in the Mortal Rea
Claire Weller
I know it looks like I took a while to read this but I literally read this in 2 days xD THAT ENDING THOUGH!
Jan 28, 2015 marked it as um-well-maybe
This is a really great cover, but being I didn't really care for the House of Night series, I am a little hesitant to read this. Have to see what the reviews say.
Kathy Davie
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
First in The Escaped urban fantasy series for the young end of Young Adults and revolving around Eva and Alek, destined to save both their worlds.

This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Diversion Books for, unfortunately, an honest review.

My Take
Oh, boy. I think Cast needs to have a chat with momma about show versus tell. It was something of a blend between reading a screenplay and a children's book, and I have no interest in reading book #2.

The prologue was cute with a teen-angsty Maiden pouti

I was curious about this one for many reasons- Greek mythology element, new to me author, and general feeling of curiosity after reading the blurb. I'm always game to satisfy curiosity so into it I plunged. I had a few shaky moments, but for the most part, I'll give it a cautious thumbs up for a beginning story in a series and see where it goes.

The story opens on a prologue when the youngest of the three Furies has a forbidden romance down in Tartarus with disastrous unplanned results. Tartarus
Moony MeowPoff
I really wanted to like it and had so high hopes for the book, but the hopes were sadly crushed. It had me at twist at greek mythology, but i didn`t feel it. I didn`t like it.
I was mostly inbetween wierded out, bored and confused for around 60-70% of the book and then i was just meh, bored for the rest. I didn`t enjoy any of the characters, even though i wanted to. But i`m glad i got to read it, because now i know this book ain`t for me.
Susan (susayq ~)
well. This was disappointing. I ended up skimming the parts I read and listening to this at an accelerated speed. The plot appealed but Alek and Eva killed it for me because I found them immature, naïve, and they didn't work for me.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Amber Smoke is the first solo book by House of Night author, Kristin Cast. It is the start of a new young adult fantasy/mythology series, called the Escaped. I didn't initially realize that this had to do with mythology when I read the description. It talked about souls escaping from their cages, but those cages are their prison in Tartarus. Once I started reading and realized this, I was super excited. Amber Smoke i
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Many years ago, I tried reading the House of Night series, but never made it past the first book, but yet when I saw Kristin Cast's Amber Smoke on Netgalley I was immediately intrigued! The premise just sounded soooo good! This is definitely a series, because I noticed the pacing was rather slow. At times I didn't mind, but then when nothing continued to happen I was
I was really excited for this book going in - I was sold on the mythology when I met the author at a signing. But alas, it was not meant to be.

First we have Eva who is some descendant of the Oracle who needs to die to come into her powers. Then there's Alek, son of the furies (well, really only one but calls all of them mother), who's destiny is to...mate with Eva? I was really unclear on what his purpose was. I just knew it had something to do with saving Eva and then saving the souls of the d
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Kristin is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who was born on an Air Force base in Japan and grew up in Oklahoma where she explored everything from tattoo modeling to broadcast journalism. After battling addiction, Kristin made her way to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland. She rediscovered her passion for storytelling in the stacks at dusty bookstores and in rickety ...more

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