Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: YA - Fantasy
Source: Borrowed: ebook
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.
This is going to be short and sweet because I DNFed this book at 10 percent.
I just was not in the mood for this book after the opening scene showed one of our two main characters (I don’t know if there are anymore POVs or not) name Kate Harker setting fire to a church. We find out she is such a badass because she’s been kicked out of 5 schools and she’s hoping her arson will cause her to be kicked out of this school as well. And oh she broke some other girl’s nose. We don’t know what other girl did besides breathe air, but you know, Kate is somehow in the right. The book then transitions over to a teen boy named August Flynn and I just mentally checked right out. I don’t know how many young adult novels had a guy with the name of August or starting with an A, but it’s starting to feel like a lot.
I know, you are all wondering why in the world did I read this. Well I got sucked in by the synopsis which sounded kick ass and when I realized I had been duped decided the heck with this and moved onto another book. Also this has led me to enact the following policy with books starting in 2017. When I am getting the book from the library, first go find it on Amazon, read sample, and then decided to pass on it. Or if it is at the library when I get there, read a few pages, and then scuttle the thing if it is not grabbing in the first few pages.
My impressions so far at 10 percent is that Kate seems like a psychopath with huge daddy issues. August is all over the place and all I kept thinking when the Schwab transitioned over to him was some emo guy with bad hair.
Everyone else in this book looks like a caricature, Kate’s father is the leader of one half of a divided city and goes around saying things like here there are monsters. I may have snorted laugh at that.
The writing seemed just okay, but I was really not in the mood to try to get into some young adult dystopian book that sounded like all of the worst parts of every young adult novel combined. The flow was off too since for every POV that featured Kate, we seemed to stay with August much longer. Maybe even Schwab was tired of writing about her.
I am going to say that the world building in this type of novels has to make sense right away. I am over info being provided at the pace of a snail going uphill. We know right away this is not our world, and when Kate is being driven back to the city and acting like a jerk once again we get some minor details about things that lurk in the dark (here there be monsters). I don’t know, I just finished with the Monstrologist trilogy so I just rolled my eyes at deep and dark monsters going around.