A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Going into the Dark Metropolis I didn’t exactly know what to expect and yet, somehow, this book was able to surprise me. I wasn’t expecting there to be so many paranormal aspects and for it to be set in an alternate world. I expected a more historical fiction feel and that really wasn’t what was presented.
I found this novel to be a very quick read with a fast paced and plot driven story. Dolamore wastes no time in dropping us into Thea’s life and troubles. Immediately we begin to see that things are not as they seem below the literal surface of the city. I was intrigued and continually surprised by the magical bits and the addition of the undead. I loved that so many aspects were thrown in and all of this made for a really fun read.
Because of the fast nature of the writing style I felt that some aspects were not expanded on enough. I needed more about the world because I had trouble really getting a feel for where this city was located and in what time period. The general gist came across but I could have used a bit more atmosphere. Also, towards the book’s conclusion things move at such a speedy pace that I felt things were swept over and only briefly mentioned. These elements left me feeling like any emotional connection I had to the story was never fully realized and the further I read the less invested I became.
I enjoyed that the point of view shifted between mutliple characters giving us insight into many areas of the story. I thought that Dolamore pulled in the character’s past and present seamlessly.Each character was interesting and I found aspects of their personality and story intriguing. I thought that all the characters had chemistry though I could have used more interactions.
Overall, though Dark Metropolis was enjoyable it felt too rushed to me; I wanted more time focused on the setting and the characters.