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Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

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.
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 17th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mar 22, 2014 Jaclyn added it  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE: Some quick and dirty FAQishness:

--Alt-world historical fantasy based on Berlin in 1927. To be really specific.
--Inspired by the film Metropolis (which coincidentally was made in Germany in 1927).
--Yes, this book contains both a straight relationship and a lesbian relationship. And zombies. And maybe even a lesbian zombie relationship.
--Slated to be a 2-book series, with the next book out in 2015.

Anything else?

My original comments:
I'm excited for you all to read it! The original inspirati...more
The summary is just beautiful, I can't wait to read this book.

It's been six days since I set this down in annoyance, and I haven't missed it at all. It's safe to say at this point that I will not be forcing myself to finish it so DNF it is. The things that turned me off: the girl's mother was treated like a toddler- she had a "sickness" but still, it was too much. Then there was the boy who wasn't even able to fend off a frontal attack by even attempting to shove the person off him. They had an immediate connection and thought about the other bunches alre...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I quite liked this

Review to come.
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars

Initially what drew me to Dark Metropolis was the gorgeous cover – it really sets the tone for the time period of this story wonderfully well. Dark Metropolis is set in an alternate Germany in the 1920’s and I think I might consider this paranormal in some respects simply because there are aspects of magic in this alternate world but if you know me I suck at categorizing books – The author has stated that she considers it “alt-world historical fantasy” so go with that! But there are als...more
Gwenda Bond
Fabulous, inventive dark fantasy. (I enjoyed it so much I blurbed it.)
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. The book not being released yet, some things might be liable to change by the time it hits the shelves.]

3.5 stars. I had my qualms with this novel, but overall it had just the right amount of tension and mystery going to keep me wanting to turn the pages. And, of course, it's got necromancy. I am always biased towards necromancy. Nothing can go wrong with necro—wait, what am I saying?

Though inspired from Metropolis, I found it to...more
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore is a young adult novel set in an alternate Germany in the 1920s/30s. In this world, magic exists, but is strictly controlled by the government. Thea’s mother has had a magical sickness ever since her father was lost in the war. To make ends meet, Thea works in the glamorous Telephone Club, where she regularly interacts with the rich and famous. When he...more
Dystopian YA novels. Had enough of them yet? I thought I did, until I got more and more into "Dark Metropolis". Yes, it's dystopian. More of an alt-history (I learned it takes place in an alternate Berlin!) However, this dystopia has a Gatsby-era feel to it, which intrigued me. Not only that, but there are magical elements as well, and revival of the dead. Dystopian, yes, but different. I enjoyed that the book wasn't told from the perspective of one character- it follows several characters aroun...more
Angela Oliver
Given this is a Disney-Hyperion title, it was not at all what I was expecting. For one thing, it was a LOT darker, quite savage at times and containing some rather mature themes.
This is, by the way, a Good Thing.

I enjoyed it rather a lot. The plotting is very tight, very concentrated, like an arrow directed towards the climax. So much, in fact, that there was little time to develop the characters relationships with one another, although their personalities were given a chance to shine through w...more
the book:
a very enjoyable book. it was well paced with just enough twists and surprising connections to keep you wanting the next page. it has the right amount of glit and gore to please a fairly wide verity of people without being overly graphic. Dolamore's writing style was easy to read and follow, with an attention to detail that wasn't overly stuffy and only very occasionally left me wanting just s bit more.
just a well rounded book. definitely worth a read!

the characters:
i did like the chara...more
Synthia Saulnier
This book was a mystery at first but it had romance and action in it. This has been a amazing book Thea and Nan are like superheros.
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars. One of my favorites of the year by a mile. Review to come!
*Will have full review closer to June release date*
Valeria Andrea
Jan 23, 2014 Valeria Andrea marked it as to-read
Shelves: youngadult, english
The same things that pull me to wait desperately for this book are the same that push me away.
I just haven't figured out what the hell's doing that.

Dearness, my book instincts are messed up.

Oh yeah, but the cover IS pretty
Lianne Mei
Review to come June 10th.
The summary was very misleading.

I went into the book thinking it would be centered around Freddy and Thea- and boy was I wrong.

Although I really liked descriptions and the introduction of a lesbian character, the plot was way too slow and predictable.

The descriptions for the scenery were beautiful. It was pretty easy to build the world that Thea lived in.

Having a lesbian character was pretty bold for Dolamore. I know that a lot of teens are still uncomfortable with homosexuals, and I appreciat...more
Nereyda Gonzalez
Apr 18, 2014 Nereyda Gonzalez marked it as to-read
Shelves: june-2014, arc, book-looks

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According to the author: "The original inspiration for this book is the Fritz Lang film Metropolis and came from the what-if: "What if the workers in Metropolis were actually DEAD?""


Also, there are apparently lgbt aspects as well? :D
Sophia Lin
Review to come (during ze blog tour in June)
Karyn Silverman
Fast and enjoyable although the mythology was a little murky and the denouement with the villains was laughably easy and full of characters behaving stupidly. But who cares -- it zipped along, has a lesbian relationship and a straight one both underplayed and therefore more exciting, and it's first in a trilogy. I already have a list of teens to hand this off to!
Elevetha marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 08, 2014 Peregrine marked it as to-read
I have had this on my to-read shelf since I joined this site. I better win the giveaway.
Apr 04, 2014 Bethany added it
Shelves: arc, did-not-finish
It stopped working. DNF.
Aug 17, 2013 Dani marked it as to-read
Shelves: coverchecks, 2014
Meghan marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
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Holly U marked it as to-read
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Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift s...more
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