“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”-William Shakespeare
This book I got through my library online and read on my laptop. It had some stellar ratings, so I was very excited about it. I did enjoy it thoroughly, but it just didn’t have the wow factor for me.
My Rating: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
My Thoughts: The concept of this was totally awesome. A dark city ruled by monsters in many different forms that crawl out of the darkness like walking shadows. Also, soul stealing and souls in general is a topic that has always interested me. Kate Harker is your typical badass female, but she has a deeper layer to her as well and August Flynn is just a sweetheart. Their dynamic was adorable. It’s also a huge play on the Pied Piper, another fascinating topic which I would love to read more books about it.
What I Liked: The characterization of Kate and August was phenomenal. I have a huge amount of love for great characters and these two measure up. They deal with complicated issues like a normal teenager would. They have a sincere drive, and stick together when the world shakes them up.
What I Disliked: The writing style just wasn’t for me. The story intrigued me, but I had to drag myself through the chapters. So there’s always that to consider if you’re considering picking it up.
Would I recommend it? Yes, but only to those that like Urban Fantasy type stuff.
That’s all for now. Continue on your merry ways!