Publisher: Abrams Kids
Date of Publication: October 11th, 2016
Dates Read: October 23rd 2016 – January 24th, 2017
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.
Note: I received a digital copy of this book from Abrams Kids via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: ★★★★★
First, I’d like to say that I had to stop reading this book for a while because my schedule got really busy and I was overwhelmed for a while. But now I’m back on track and I’m ready to tell you all how I feel about this book.
It. Was. So. Good.
Where do I even start?
The very idea behind this story is so creative and unique. We all already know that art has the power to make people feel and see things, but this book gave that power a whole new life. And it just fit so well in the setting of the early 1900’s!
These characters were diverse and well written. They all had their own distinct stories and personalities, and their interactions were realistic and entertaining. Particularly Ada and Corinne’s – their banter was fun, and you could see how much they love and care for each other.
That’s another thing: while there is some romance, the main focus of this book is on Ada and Corinne’s friendship, which is always lovely to read about. Friendships are powerful and can be more important than romantic love, which this book clearly and beautifully illustrates.
And, I must say, this book had my heart pounding until the very end. Just when I thought it was over, it wasn’t. Just when I thought I had the situation figured out, something happened and then my theories were thrown straight out the window. I thought I knew everything, but this book clearly proved me wrong. The use of the hemopathy throughout the plot was absolutely brilliant, manifesting in ways that I would not have imagined on my own. I must give credit where credit is due: Soria is incredibly creative!
Overall: With rich descriptions of 1919 Boston, beautiful displays of hemopathy, strong friendships, and clear diversity, this is one book I hope you do not pass on.