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Peek Inside Smoke and Key

Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it before she loses her life for good…

Smoke and Key

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A sound awakens her. There's darkness all around. And then she's falling...

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she's dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn't utter a word. There's Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key's instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can't remember why.

Then the murders start. Bodies that are burned to a crisp. And after being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she loses her life for good…


"Like a haunting and irresistible curse, SMOKE AND KEY lured me deep into the world of Under — and I never wanted to leave. With gorgeous prose and captivating characters, Sutton weaves an unforgettable tale of loss, love, and longing." -New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn

Haunting and addictive. Smoke and Key is a creepy, imaginative read full of dark mystery and unexpected twists.” - Meg Kassel, author of Keeper of the Bees

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636019
Release Date: Apr 2, 2019
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: ghosts, historical victorian, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: redemption, revenge, unrequited love

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By Carrie February 23, 2019

Before I begin let’s just have a moment to appreciate the cover on this one, two thumbs up for the creator it’s probably one of my favorites so far this year. Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton is a young adult fantasy read that is one of those that has a bit of mystery and a bit of romance in the mi... ...more

By D.M. February 09, 2019

Smoke and Key is an interesting mysterious read and I know my review isn’t going to do it justice. It’s set in a dystopian world and has a tainted edge. It’s dark and has a twist.

Imagine waking up in a place close to death. Everyone has lost their memory and your body feels undead. The name give... ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) March 19, 2019

4.5 Stars!
If there is one thing I love more in this genre than anything else, it is originality and Smoke and Key is packed full of it.

It is utterly unique and utterly engaging. From the very first creeptastic chapter I was hooked and couldn't wait to read more.

I absolutely loved the imaginative... ...more

By Umairah | Sereadipity March 15, 2019

This was so good! I really enjoyed it! Full review to come. ...more

Flash Book Review: A dark, atmospheric afterlife story with a dash of romance. Exactly my kind of weird.


I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Trigger warnings: death, body horror, eye horror, violence, blood.

When Key falls into Under, a wor... ...more

By Jazmen March 09, 2019

I rather enjoyed this unique fantasy. It was unlike anything I've ever read and it's a book I won't soon forget.

Key is in under. Under Earth? In hell? In between hell? We're not sure. But she's just fallen from her grave into another world. She's dead and the only clue she has to her former life... ...more

By Julia (ten_thousand_books) March 08, 2019

I received a copy of Smoke and Key from NetGalley, Riki Cleveland, Entangled Publishing and the author Kelsey Sutton in exchange for an honest review.


A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around.
And then she’s falling...

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The o... ...more

By Bev January 31, 2019

Smoke and Key
By Kelsey Sutton

If your looking for a good read that has darkness then this book is right for you.

This book literally takes place in the dark. Underground to be exact. In this small town 15 years prior something strange took place and the dead are finding themselves awakened in the... ...more

By Valeria February 12, 2019

4,5 star
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I liked this book from the first page, I felt connected to it like it happens sometimes with people that you meet for the first time and now after reading it I still want to reread some par... ...more

By Erin March 18, 2019

Review to come. ...more

By Cosima February 12, 2019

loved this book! Could not put it down. I can’t wait for the sequel to be released. So grateful to Net Galley for the Advanced Reader Copy and the chance to review. Thank you!!! ...more

By Karissa March 16, 2019

This was an interesting read. It's a weird combination of historical and paranormal elements, curses and undead. I ended up enjoying it but it was different from what I thought it was going to be in the synopsis.

Full review to follow. ...more

By Claire February 06, 2019

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

You’re dead, darlin’. This isn’t hell, but it’s the next best thing.

Smoke and Key was a pleasure to read.
This book was different, wel... ...more

By Amy March 11, 2019

4.5 stars. Smoke and Key was a very intriguing read. It was largely a mystery with some magic and romance thrown in. I don't believe this read will be for everyone, but I highly recommend giving it a try if the synopsis interests you. The plot was a bit confusing at times, but the mystery surroun... ...more

By Annette March 20, 2019

Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton is a young adult fantasy with a darker side. Set in the mysterious Under, it is the story of a young woman who finds herself there with no idea of who she is or how she got there . The one thing she soon learns is that everyone in the Under is dead, and none of them... ...more

By Erica February 11, 2019

I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC in exchange for an honest review.

The residents of Under are dead, uncertain of who they were or why they were unable to pass on as the dead are intended. They are named by the item that they fell with (Ribbon, Doll, Journa... ...more

By Julie February 02, 2019

Thank you to netgalley for this arc.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
What an intriguing tale! It got me hooked right from the start! I really really enjoyed it!
It's a mix of murder mystery, paranormal, horror and histo... ...more

By Renee February 15, 2019

I received a copy of this from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I love Kelsey Sutton, not gonna lie. Every single one of her novels has made me gobble it up quickly. I read Some Quiet Place- every damn year.

This book was amazing, the concept is unique, the writing and descriptions are gr... ...more

By Michelle (Firstbooklove) March 09, 2019

(I received a free eARC from Netgalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton (4 stars)

Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)... ...more

By Pamela February 07, 2019

*I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. All opinions and comments are my own.*Waking up is unpleasant enough.Waking up under ground, with total strangers is ten times worse.Oh, yeah, and you're also dead.That's h... ...more

By Leonie February 13, 2019

Thank you to Netgalley, Kelsey Sutton and Entangled Teen for my ARC of Smoke and Key. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: She wakes in the darkness and falls, when she comes too, she finds herself underground. She doesn't kn... ...more

By Meghan February 09, 2019

This book was received as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Such a thrilling and enticing YA Novel that will leave readers on the edge of their seats wanting more. I absolutely love the name... ...more

By Jill Elizabeth March 06, 2019

This was a really original and really detailed story, with an incredible cast of characters and a brilliantly contrived world. Sutton did a fantastic job creating Under, the world that a group of the Dead have found themselves in after a mysterious fall from their graves. The secrets are thick on... ...more

By Raquel February 19, 2019

This book was so intriguing!

"Smoke and Key" was about a girl that finds herself in the middle of a mystery that surrounds her death.

It had death. It had magic. It had mystery. It had romance.

In short, it was epic. In long, it was amazing. Kelsey Sutton created intrigue from the first line. "Smok... ...more

By Olivia February 21, 2019

"Smoke and Key" is an intriguing and macabre YA mystery. We follow Key into the world of Under as she wakes in her grave and then falls through to a world underneath the graveyard. She and the others of Under retain their memories of the world without any autobiographical memories. As such, they... ...more

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Kelsey Sutton

About the author

Kelsey Sutton

Kelsey Sutton is the author of The Lonely Ones, a middle-grade novel in verse that received a starred review from Kirkus. She is also the author of Some Quiet Place, and its companion novel Where Silence Gathers, both published by Flux. She is also the author of the YA e-book original GARDENIA.

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