Book Review: A Sacrifice in the Smoke by Jessi Elliott & K.J. Sutton

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A Sacrifice in the Smoke Charlie Travesty, 4 Adult Paranormal Fantasy Kindle

A growing rebellion. A friendship destroyed by tragedy. A twisted betrayal.

Charlie Travesty has barely had a moment to catch her breath. From the moment she left the mansion, she’s been wrapped up in danger and drama. She has learned about herself and grown in ways she never could have expected. She’s fallen for the right guy and the wrong one.

Teaming up with Noah Forrest is her only option to get the insight she needs to uncover the vampire venom dealing within the royal family. The more they work together, though, the harder it is for Charlie to keep her thoughts from wandering back to the kiss they shared moments before the world imploded.

But after a deadly weeper attack, Charlie is left shredded with loss and forced to swallow the bitter taste of betrayal when her world is again flipped upside down.

For fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City trilogy and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, A Sacrifice in the Smoke is the fourth volume in the Charlie Travesty serial.

My Review

I’ve loved all the books so far, but I cannot contain my excitement about the latest installment. And I do say latest and not last because the cat is finally out of the bag: Charlie Travesty will return in 2021 with more volumes! In the meantime, The first Charlie Travesty print book (including volumes 1-4), will be published July 7!

But let’s talk about the actual book. Things are getting worse for Charlie (as it should because a story where nothing bad happens is boring), and the twists just keep piling on. And, let me tell you. I did not see any (save 1) of them coming. And even on that one, I temporarily second-guessed myself.

If you’ve read my past book reviews, you know that it takes a lot for a book to genuinely surprise me. Normally, I guess the twist outright, or I guess it and then doubt myself and then am proven right (like the one I vaguely mention above). So for A Sacrifice in the Smoke to have successfully pulled one over on me more than 3 times says a lot.

And while I hate being fooled by people, I love it when an author does it. It only makes the reading experience more fun.

And that doesn’t even really touch on the expanding and deepening of characters who were mostly background characters up until now (plus obviously more screen time for the main character, Charlie, and my favorite Noah).

So, in case you haven’t noticed, I loved this one. I give it 5. Bloody. Bloody. Stars.

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