Published by Amulet Books on October 11, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction, Fantasy
Format: E-book ARC
Source: Netgalley, Ebook ARC
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In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.
When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.
This is one of those books that I had been approved for the Netgalley e-book, but I never had the time to read it before it came out. Then, I forgot about it on my Kindle when I did have time. I’m trying to catch up and I’m glad I had this one. Onto the review!
Overall I’d give this a 5 out of 5. I loved it!
I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I wanted out of a historical fiction. The world was built really well and I loved the idea of hemopaths, a lot. It reminded me of The Diviners by Libba Bray. The characters in this are very strong and develop quite well. I was impressed that the author decided to stick with a standalone novel. I could see her trying to make this a series, but I’m glad she didn’t. It was perfect the just like it came out.
I love historical fiction, especially when they add fantasy elements. It always makes it interesting and reminds me of Doctor Who if done right. This world was done outstandingly. Soria combined the fantasy and historical aspects of the world expertly. She sets it up without being too overly obvious with what time period. I hate books that start with the year in the first sentence in order to set the stage. Soria sets it in the events, the way everyone talks, etc. It was done phenomenally. I really liked it.
I loved the characters Ada and Corinne were so much fun to follow. I loved reading about their lives in the Cast Iron. I also really liked that they were some of the hemopaths. They were a wonderful duo and I couldn’t imagine anything different for the two of them. I also really liked the other characters. Soria does a bang up job of creating believable and amazing characters in just 384 pages. A + there!
All in all this book was fantastic. The plot kept you on your toes without being too much on your toes. Things within this book progress pretty fast. At one point I had to stop and remind myself that everything was happening in a single night. It was really well done. I loved the way the plot came about in the end too. It fit well with the setting and the characters.
I thought that this was a pretty amazing book. It’s definitely worth picking up.