Smoke in the Sun: Styled by Books

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh — the highly anticipated and absolutely stunning sequel/conclusion to Flame in the Mist — was released just this week, and to celebrate for my stop on the official blog tour today, I’ve got a new edition of Styled by Books for you!

My loyal husband Derek helped me out with this shoot – not only taking the photos, but he also scouted the perfect location, Peninsula Park in NE Portland. The roses there were in full, perfect bloom the day we took these photos.

For my outfit, I took my cues from the cover/design of the book — starting with this floral midi dress from Torrid, and pairing it with a military-detailed cardigan (also from Torrid, but no longer available), which I thought worked well given that soldiers and battles are a big part of these books.

Some floral hair clips leftover from a prom many many moons ago made the perfect addition to the ensemble, and tied in perfectly with the flowers on the cover of Smoke in the Sun.

Renee Ahdieh is kind of known for her stunning make-up looks inspired by different books, so I took a cue from her and made sure my eye shadow complemented the book nicely. I used the Too Faced Life’s a Festival Palette: first I smudged Desert Vibes in the crease, then smoked Funtasy along the outer lid and lower lash line. I blended it across my lid with Mystic Rain, and used Unicorn Tears for a bit of shimmer on the inside corners of each eye.

Want more? Last year, I created a Styled by Books look for the first book in this duology, Flame in the Mist!

Look for Smoke in the Sun in stores now, and don’t miss the stunning new paperback edition of Flame in the Mist, as well.


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place–she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort–a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko decides to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret lair, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to her, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity, though they still believe her to be a boy. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist–an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

 Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of Flame in the Mist as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger.







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