WoW - Curses and Smoke

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Curses and Smoke

May 27, 2014

When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

Ok so this one may have come out yesterday but since it isn't available for my to access I'm counting it as a book I'm waiting on.

I was first introduced to this one by my P.E. who knows that this is right up my ally. I adore history and Rome especially the story of Pompeii. I watched the movie Pompeii and loved it and then read books about gladiators and whined a little about the lack of gladiators in YA. It seems likeCur someone heard and here is my answer. I cannot wait to read it!

What Are You Waiting On?



  1. This sounds quite interesting!! I might have to add it to my list!

    1. I'm so over the moon for this one. I hope it stands up to my expectations.



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