It’s live!! Cover Reveal: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano + Giveaway (International)



Hi, everyone!

Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano, releasing May 3, 2016 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Elle:

Hey, YABC readers! I bet most of you can remember some pivotal, formative moment in your childhood—some unique experience that changed the way you see the world. HOLDING SMOKE is a story born from one of mine. I grew up the daughter of a maximum-security prison warden. When I was eight years old, my father brought a convicted murderer home to spend Thanksgiving dinner with our family. You can read more about that night here. But for now, all you need to know is that HOLDING SMOKE is a dark, deeply moving story of a boy serving time for a murder he didn’t commit, and his search to find the real killer and clear his name. Ultimately, it’s a story of hope, friendship, and the power we all hold within us to overcome the unimaginable. 
This stunning cover, designed by Maria Elias and photographed by Michael Frost, couldn’t be more perfect. It has a gritty texture and a thoughtful mood. The font, hand-lettered by Sara Wood, is beautiful and atmospheric, hinting at the supernatural elements within the story. It is everything the cover of the book-of-my-heart should be. And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!

~ Elle Cosimano (HOLDING SMOKE, Disney Hyperion)




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by Elle Cosimano
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484725979
About the Book
John “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke’s new home and the only one he believes he deserves.
But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they’re asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn’t care that the “threads” that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name. 
Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink’s help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he’s willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.


b2ap3_thumbnail_TinyHeadshot.jpgAbout the Author

Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. Her debut novel, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award Finalist, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Best Young Adult Novel Award, and winner of the inaugural Mathical Book Award, recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Mexico, somewhere between the jungle and the sea.


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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of HOLDING SMOKE (when available). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they’ll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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37 thoughts on “It’s live!! Cover Reveal: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano + Giveaway (International)”

  1. Emma says:

    The cover is really cool and mysterious and the book itself sounds amazing!

  2. Tasleema begum says:

    The description sounds so mysterious and intriguing. The cover is awesome! LOVE the way the words smoke out. So cool!

  3. Kelly Kujawski says:

    Sounds like a great story and the cover is hooooot!!!

  4. Vera says:

    AHHHHHH I didn’t know Elle had another book coming!! Where have I been?! Her “Nearly Series” is fascinating! Those books are on my all time favorite book list, at the TOP. I LOVE HER BOOKS! So, so grateful to the person that retweeted this on my twitter timeline or else I wouldn’t know. I also wasn’t following Elle for some inexplicable reason. But that has changed now!! 🙂

    I love the cover! And the slogan/tagline “Sometimes searching for the truth is harder than… holding smoke” it’s really captivating. Really makes me want to read the book, I don’t even need to read the summary, though, I read it and I am impressed! Truly excited to read it. Another great book that I can’t wait to have in my hands. 😀

    Thank you for doing this giveaway, YA books Central. Good luck, everyone. 😉

  5. Susan says:

    Love the cover. Cannot wait to read this book!

  6. Rebecca says:

    This sounds amazing! As soon as I read the author’s intro, I was sold. Cover is fitting, too! Thanks for hosting the reveal and for the giveaway!

  7. Roula says:

    the cover is hot and the synopsis is really interesting

  8. Susan T. says:

    This sounds like a really unique mystery and the cover is perfect, kind of melancholy.

  9. Natália says:

    The cover is mysterious and melancholic,something that would easily hold the attention of someone at a library. The synopsis is encapsulating and endearing. I care about Smoke already.

  10. Kara S says:

    This is a unique plot that is full of interesting elements — I always love a whodunit, and the prison setting offers plenty of opportunities for dramatic moments!

  11. Jana says:

    The synopsis sounds mysterious and exiting, would love to read this one. Cover looks really cool, tho. 🙂

  12. Karen Mikusak says:

    Love the cover and synopsis.

  13. Alice Wu says:

    It looks fantastic! I love it.

  14. Lucy Magat says:

    THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!I would totally read this! The cover looks really mysterious.

  15. Maxine Panganiban says:

    The cover is really mysterious and the synopsis has me intrigued. This seems like a new and unique story.

  16. Minduli Withana says:


  17. karina m says:

    I wanna read this story, especially when it’s inspired by the author’s experience.

  18. roxanne says:

    The cover looks amazing and the synopsis makes me really want to read the book!

  19. bn100 says:


  20. Kyla Fontalva says:

    OMG :O I did NOT know Elle Cosimano is going to have a new book!!!!! That makes me so happy. I’ve been DYING to read her other novels (Nearly Gone & Nearly Found). As for HOLDING SMOKE, I love the cover, it looks intriguing! The synopsis is [i]my goodness[/i], [b]I NEED THIS BOOK NOW[/b].

  21. Sandy Steckler says:

    Love it! I love the contrast of the blue shirt and the black and gray of the rest of the cover. I think it will appeal to both male and female readers. The synopsis talks of dispare and hope, the struggle to find himself. Can’t wait to read it. I’ve already added it to my list awhile ago.

  22. Eveline says:

    The cover is beautiful and the description sounds interesting. I just checked the author out on Goodreads and see she’s written a couple of other top-rated books, so this must be good. 🙂

  23. Jenna Freedman says:

    Cover is really nice and story sounds very promising! Excited to read!!!!

  24. Laura says:

    Wow, the synopsis is phenomenal. And the cover is very on point. I canNOT wait to read this one. I love that it starts from an inspiration of a Thanksgiving dinner where your dad brought home a convicted murderer. VERY intriguing.

  25. Victoria says:

    The cover is so cool! And the synopsis is really interesting…I really hope I can win it!

  26. Karen Woodard says:

    Very very interesting…..

  27. Danielle D. says:

    This is such a creative idea!

  28. Emily says:

    The cover looks amazing and I’ll read anything Elle writes

  29. Giulia Mancosu says:

    OMG the cover is amazing and the title is just perfect!!! I want this book right now!! I cannot wait to read it! I should not have read the synopsis! It just made me more curious about this fantastic book!!

  30. Sharon says:

    I like the cover, appears dark which appeals to me.

  31. Magda says:

    The cover is really enchanting! 🙂

  32. A Book Owl says:

    The cover is genius.It makes me very curious.

  33. laura jayne says:

    It looks and sounds absolutelt amazing! I have never heard of this author before, but WOW, this sounds great! 😀

  34. “shed his physical body at will” ? I can’t decided if this is gross or super awesome.

  35. Kelsey says:

    This book sounds really good!

  36. Ashley says:

    LOVE the cover, and I need this book now!

  37. BookFanatic says:

    The cover is fantastic! I always love when books have smoke on the cover it makes them seem more dramatic and with the amazing synopsis it makes it even better.

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