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Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  857 ratings  ·  183 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
Published 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
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
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Principessa*

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

You can win a copy during my stop at the blog tour!

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
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
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
**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
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I quite liked this

Review to come.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Dark, dead, magic, life, love.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I was in for something light and fluffy, something I wouldn't enjoy much but would pass the time. But instead what I read was dark and deep and thought provoking. It was fascinating. And I couldn't put it down.

I liked the character of Thea. And I loved Nan.

I was absolutely not expecting Zombies. That was one heck of a surprise.

I loved the exploration of love and re
I was recommended this initially because there’s some LGBT content and an asexual character. Well, just to deal with that upfront: there’s a character who is, at least, not straight, and there’s a character who isn’t interested in sex. However, she’s not interested in sex because she’s not human, so that’s kind of… not asexuality. If you interpret her as ace, though, she’s also arguably aromantic.

Still, it’s an interesting story/world. It’s got a reasonably unique take on zombies, and an interes
***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
Gwenda Bond
Fabulous, inventive dark fantasy. (I enjoyed it so much I blurbed it.)
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
For a series opener, Dark Metropolis had plenty of potential, but unfortunately, a lot of it was left unfulfilled. While there were certainly advantages to this story (its very unique take on zombies just one of the many examples), the final result is unfocused and just a tiny bit immature.

The world, for one, was neither clear nor developed as it should have been. The story has a distinct historical feel, but we’re given neither the time nor the place, which leaves us feeling untethered and los
Rarely do I find myself so excited about a new YA novel nowadays. Call me jaded, call me nasty, call me whatever--just do be creative, please. I feel like 90% of the ARCs I receive or new YA books that I check out have fallen into a new-old familiar formula: girl thinks she is not special, but is in fact a) gorgeous, b) thin, and c) clueless. She must make up her mind between loving the sweet dude who's loved her forever and the Mr. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous. Generally there is some sort of plot ...more
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,
Michelle Book Briefs
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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,
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
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
Grace Troxel
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
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley.

Dark Metropolis has a solid enough premise that makes you want to learn more about this strange world once you start reading, but the characters and plot lacked that special something to make them worth investing time and emotions in. While reading, all I felt was apathy toward Thea and Freddy and Nan (whose names I had to look up because I forgot them so easily). Perhaps if we concentrated mo
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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2.5 stars

Well, Dark Metropolis was okay. My expectations were definitely too high, having enjoyed Dolamore’s Magic Under series. This is one of those times where I’m most definitely whelmed. I don’t really have any strong feelings about this book either way, and I’m probably going to completely forget it in no time. Dark Metropolis is a decent read with a cool concept, okay characters, and a meh execution.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
Jennifer Weedon
This is set in Berlin year 1927. Inspired by the film Metropolis. Contains the beginnings of an Innocent straight relationship and an Innocent Lesbian relationship. It is magic and zombie based with a between-war atmosphere.
My favourite character is Nan as I feel more drawn to her and the air of mystery around her.
The story didn't have me guessing, more following the plot to see how stuff turned out. There was one twist that was a welcome surprise.
My favourite part of the book is where Thea ha
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!
The idea was promising and the plot wasn't bad, my problem with Dark Metropolis was the writing >_< Honestly, I only finished reading this one because of my reading challenge.

It's sad because I think there was a lot of potential here, but the way the characters behaved was extremely unrealistic. Everyone said private things out loud to someone they've only just met, even things that could get them in trouble if the wrong people found out, like admitting being part of an underground rebel m
As with Magic Under Glass, I liked Dolamore's heroines who are driven to do what they must but also seem like they belong in the time periods they live in. I also loved the world-building in this book, the kind of cool mix of magic, 1920s glitz, and post-war desperation. I wish there had actually been more exploration of the history of this world and its people and cultures. What we get is an intriguing glimpse into all of it.

The reason I can't rate this book higher though is that I had some tro

I didn’t know anything going into this book. I wanted to be surprised when I read it and boy was I surprised. It was a bit slow getting into, but it was a nice kind of slow. You got the details you were supposed to without it boring you. I was very intrigued as I kept reading getting little details here and there. Once it started to pick up I loved it even more. This book centers around a war. I don’t know what war it is because it never says and you don’t know what time period, it is eithe


Thea Holder spends her evenings waitressing at the Telephone Club and the day taking care of her mother, who is suffering from bond-sickness and believes that her husband is still alive. When Thea's best friend Nan goes missing, she teams up with Freddy to uncover the city's secrets, but Freddy has secrets of his own.


I'm rounding up from a 3.5 to a 4 stars for uniqueness. I really didn't know what this book was getting into it and just enjoyed the ride. There was quite a bit to
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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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