Monday, June 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway - Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

Series: Dark Metropolis #1
Release date: June 17th 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

My thoughts:

I fell in love with Jaclyn Dolamore's writing style while reading Magic Under Glass and was eager to read her newest release, Dark Metropolis.  The story is very different from anything I have recently read which just added to my enjoyment. The characters were easy to connect with. I typically don't enjoy an alternating POV, but in Dark Metropolis it works beautifully and adds layers of depth to an already intricate story. The characters were all unique and interesting. 

The setting was beyond cool. The world building was perfect.  I loved the post-war alternate reality and all the political intrigue. I was fully invested in the story after just one chapter. I especially enjoyed scenes that took place at the Telephone Club where characters Thea and Nan worked. It had the feel of a historical novel (which I love), but the alternate world elements gave it an edge that made this novel addictive.

Dark Metropolis is a very fast paced read. The mystery elements made this a difficult book to put down. I kept allowing myself "just one more chapter", only to discover I'd almost finished the entire thing in one sitting. The plot moved quickly and as soon as I felt like I'd figured it all out a new twist was presented. I haven't had a book suck me in like this one managed to in a very long time. I was thoroughly impressed with how unpredictable this story was.  A perfect blend of magic and mystery.

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About the author

Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.

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