Review of Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)Dark Metropolis
By: Jaclyn Dolamore
Release Date: June 17th 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ARC

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
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.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, though Dark Metropolis was enjoyable it felt too rushed to me; I wanted more time focused on the setting and the characters.


  1. says

    I’m glad that we read this one together and that we had the same general opinion: that much of the novel’s elements were underdeveloped. It surprised me, too, by how very much it was not what I expected, but it was an enjoyable read and I’d probably pick up the next book.

    • says

      Me too Jen. It was a great book to read together. I am interested to see where the next book goes. It’s not something I’ve got on my ‘got to read immediately’ list but I’m interested in seeing the direction the story takes.

  2. says

    I like the shifts from POV’s, because it often completes the story. I also like the sound from the fast pace and that it’s plot-driven, even when that means there is little time for world-building. I might check it out!

    • says

      I agree Mel! When the POVs are written to sound differently it gives so much insight into the story seeing from multiple perspectives. If you read it I hope you enjoy 🙂

  3. says

    I’ve read other reviews that have given me the exact same feel for this book, very plot driven, but lacking in world building and a bit of a rushed pace. I’m glad that despite not being able to connect too well with the characters because of that, you still managed to enjoy the book! Great review, Kristen!

    • says

      It was a fun read to be sure but very plot driven. I enjoy a good plot-driven book at times so this fit the bill. If you read it I hope you enjoy it.

  4. says

    Aw; I’m sorry you had some issues with this book. I don’t think I would like it, to be honest :p So I didn’t buy it, hih. But maybe one day. And I’m glad you did like it a little 🙂 Thank you for sharing Kristen. <3 Glad it was a fast read; but sucks that it felt rushed.

  5. says

    I like the idea of the alternate history and magical aspects. It’s a shame it’s not more character driven, but as long as the plot is engaging, it could still be a fun, quick read. Thanks for the great review! 🙂

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