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Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis #1)

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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
Published June 17th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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An enjoyable plot with a very unique zombie story, but it was missing... something. Many aspects about this world and its happenings were explained only briefly to make the plot move forward, which made it hard to invest myself fully. But it was fun, nonetheless!

We begin by following Thea, whose mother's strange illness has left her in charge of supporting the family. This is where we begin to see the part that magic has in the story, when we learn of this magical connection between her mother a...more
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
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Reads YA Like A Boss*

Well then... That was interesting and enlightening, I actually really enjoyed this book.

3.5 Stars

I'll be honest and tell you I don't think I would have read Dark Metropolis has someone told me about the book and it's details. For some reason I've been putting this book off, procrastinating about reading until last night I put my big girl panties on and read it.

To start with it was a bit slow and I found the instant connection between Freddy and Thea a bit annoying. It was far fetched, then the a...more

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If we're being honest, I actually wanted to read this based on pure intrigue. I never actually expected to like this one, but I did. I'll warn you potential readers, though: The synopsis could be very misleading. It gives us the impression that the book is solely Thea's story, when it's actually more of her friend, Nan's. It wsan't a very bad thing, but I would've liked to expect the multiple POVs when going into the book.

"I've always felt fair

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
The summary is just beautiful, I can't wait to read this book.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I quite liked this

Review to come.
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
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 ingest 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.

the characters:
i did like the characters, they were all di...more
**2.5 stars**

Yeah well, the characters definitely weren't the smartest in the room. (view spoiler) With all that is going on in this book, I just didn't feel a connection to the characters. There wasn't enough to substantiate a real romance between the characters. Nope. Nothing.
The story was interesting, but the many vie...more
Dark Metropolis offered an interesting introduction to the lives of three teenagers – Thea, Nan and Freddy. In a dangerous world filled with corruption, rebellion and odd magic, could they stay safe and be smart enough to survive?

When I first read the synopsis, I thought the story would focus primarily on Thea. While we saw Thea quite a bit in this installment, she wasn’t the only character playing a leading role. Nan and Freddy both fulfilled an equally important role (if not more substantial)...more
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In a sea of similar books, Dark Metropolis felt different. In a great way. Part dystopian, part thriller, part magic, part zombie/vampire(?), Dark Metropolis really had it all. The world did have a glitzy 1930's esque feel like the summary said, but it also had a dark futuristic feel to it. I am not sure that I ever caught a date while reading, so I can't be quite sure when this book actually takes place. Told in multiple point of views,...more
Gwenda Bond
Fabulous, inventive dark fantasy. (I enjoyed it so much I blurbed it.)
Tammy Sparks
3 1/2 Stars

The nitty-gritty: An unsettling story full of subtle magic, dark deeds, and the living dead, beautifully written, but confusing in some parts.

But how horrid to be glad, even for a moment, that her mother was gone, just so she had time to try on new hats. Mother’s words kept haunting her. I know he is alive! Suppose she was right all along. Suppose Father had lived through the battle, and the vision was a sign? If there was any chance at all, she had to find out. She owed it to Mother,...more
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore
Book One of the Dark Metropolis series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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...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
Emma Michaels
I didn’t read up much on this novel before I started reading so I didn’t make the connection to the film Metropolis until I was quite a ways in. Watching Metropolis was a very special experience for me. It was the first movie of its kind I got a chance to experience and ended up being unbelievably amazing. I am not surprised this novel was inspired by it because the novel follows suit as an unbelievable amazing experience.

Inventive, imaginative, and unforgettable. Some of the aspects I enjoyed m...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.
Sofia Li
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The concept of Dark Metropolis was simply astounding. In the beginning of the novel, we learn that the story is set in the 1930s and one of the main characters -Thea- works in the Telephone Club which is a nightclub, and this just makes me imagine all the glamor of the 30s with the mak...more
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars. One of my favorites of the year by a mile. Review to come!
Biena (The Library Mistress)
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This is one of those books I love and also hate so to celebrate my bipolar tendencies brought upon by Dark Metropolis, I will split this review into two: 'read-it-read-it-NOW' and 'you've-been-warned'.

[GO AHEAD. read it read it now.]

1. It is fresh and new. Maybe it's just me because I don't read much Young Adult titles but I find this book really fresh and new.

2. Zombies. It has a new take on zombies. Maybe, this is again because I don't have a penchant for zom...more
I wish to thank the publisher and author for providing me a complimentary copy of this book, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my judgment in any way.

An interesting concept, quirky storyline, interesting characters but unfortunately put together in too much of a mishmash way that the actual story is all over the place. Trying to keep up with the assortment of different characters was a struggle that didn’t win me over. The characters themselves were inte...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I was hoping that the story behind that gorgeous cover would be equally enchanting, full of the revelry I've come to associate with the Roaring 20s. What I got instead was a story of necromancy, debauchery, and revolution. Not that I'm complaining...the story as a whole is quite intriguing.

Dark Metropoliswas a much darker read than I had been expecting. That...more
The Cover Contessa
I'd like to thank Disney Hyperion and Net Galley for supplying me with an early ecopy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my review or opinion.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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,...more
Jenea Whittington

Dark Metropolis is the first in the series, and follows Thea, a 16 year old who is trying to hold her family together. Her mother has a sickness cause from magic, and now has to go to work to help out. But when her friend that she works with goes missing, she has to find her and at the same time find out why people are just disappearing.

Thea was such a strong girl for having gone through all she did. She is working, trying to take of her “ill” mother, and just trying to be a 16 year old. None t...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Thea works at a telephone club, trying to make enough money to pay the bills after her veteran father’s supposed death, and her mother’s illness because of it.
When her best friend Nan goes missing and Thea is told that she committed suicide, she knows that something is not right.
Is Thea’s Father dead? Did Nan commit suicide? And can Thea help her mother?

 Lianne Mei
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review via the publisher via Netgalley.

So far it has been interesting. In some cases the plot has reminded me of Frankenstein mixed in with zombies ( read this book and you will understand). I like Thea and how the viewpoint gets switched back and forth between her and Nan ( I thought Nan was Thea's grandmother at first, just because the way that Nan acted). Also does Thea even go to school? I know she works at the Telephone Club ( reminded me of a...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
Nereyda Gonzalez
Apr 18, 2014 Nereyda Gonzalez 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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