Review – Stars and Smoke by: Marie Lu

This smoldering enemies-to-lovers novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu puts a superstar global phenomenon and a hotshot young spy on a collision course with danger – and Cupid’s arrow – in an electric new series perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Ally Carter.

Meet Winter Young – International pop sensation, with a voice like velvet and looks that could kill. His star power has smashed records, selling out stadiums from LA to London. His rabid fans would move heaven and earth for even a glimpse of him – just imagine what they’d do to become his latest fling.

Meet Sydney Cossette – Part of an elite covert ops group, Sydney joined their ranks as their youngest spy with plans to become the best agent they’ve ever had. An ice queen with moves as dangerous as her comebacks, Sydney picks up languages just as quickly as she breaks hearts. She’s fiery, no-nonsense, and has zero time for romance – especially with a shameless flirt more used to serving sass than taking orders.

When a major crime boss gifts his daughter a private concert with Winter for her birthday, Sydney and Winter’s lives suddenly collide. Tasked with infiltrating the crime organization’s inner circle, Sydney is assigned as Winter’s bodyguard with Winter tapped to join her on the mission of a lifetime as a new spy recruit. Sydney may be the only person alive impervious to Winter’s charms, but as their mission brings them closer, she’s forced to admit that there’s more to Winter Young than just a handsome face . . .

Romance and danger abound in this “brilliant, breathtaking ride that will leave you clamoring for the sequel.” —Tahereh Mafi, #1 internationally bestselling author of Shatter Me .

I am such a hardcore Marie Lu fan. She is such a queen of her craft. Stars and Smoke is yet another stunner that I just could not get enough of. 

“A little like the sun and moon, aren’t we? Never in the sky at the same time.”
Marie Lu. Stars and Smoke (Kindle Locations 4768-4769). Kindle Edition.

With our two main MCs, Sydney and Winter, one comes from nothing and the other from everything. Yet together these two weave so perfectly together. I loved Sydney’s prickly disposition and consistent alertness. Winter on the other hand had charm I just couldn’t get enough of and I loved watching these two work together. 

There’s also such a thrilling aspect to this book. You’re constantly on edge with what will happen next. There was even one twist I didn’t expect, but when it happened I knew what was coming and was so nervous for our characters. I admit, I don’t know if loved the ending. It felt right for the story, but I just wanted more I guess. With that being said, there IS a second book so I could not be more excited about that. 

Cannot wait to see where Winter and Sydney’s story goes next… it’ll be a long year of a wait! However, if you’re a Marie Lu fan… don’t sit on this it’s definitely dazzling in all the thrilling Marie Lu ways.

4.5 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: