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...more3.5 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 also zombies.
Our main character Thea is sixteen and working in the glamorous Telephone Club trying to keep her life afloat while also dealing with her mother who is suffering from a magical sickness because she was bound to her husband and he has been missing for eight years. At her job she gets to meet the rich and famous but for some reason she has a strange connection to a boy named Freddy who, with his guardian sits at her table one evening.
When her friend Nan suddenly disappears, Nan is determined to find out what happened to her and despite only just getting to know Thea, Freddy is determined to help her get the answers she needs.
I will say that I really enjoyed the picture of 1920’s Germany that Dolamore created. It was for the most part creepy and spooky and the story itself felt a bit heavier than I expected. In all honesty, I didn’t even realize that this was set in an alternate past when I started but some of the hints to that fact can be scattered throughout.
The writing itself was well done and Dolamore does a great job pulling readers in with an easy style of writing that I think anyone will appreciate. She adds just enough suspense and drama to keep you wanting to turn the pages. We also get several different points of view with this story… and my only complaint about that is that there was no rhyme or reason to how it happened. I understand the need for it, I just wish that the chapters had flowed a bit more seamlessly for me.
The plot itself was a bit predictable, and maybe this is my fault for reading this right after I read another book that had me guessing on every page, but I was able to figure out most of the plot pretty early on. However… that didn’t detract from my enjoying the story.
Dolamore creates some intriguing characters in Dark Metropolis and while they aren’t all completely fleshed out as much as I would have liked to see, I still quite enjoyed them. Thea and Freddy, Nan and Siga I’m interested in learning more about them with the final book, and it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of impact Thea’s mother has as well.
If you’re looking for a book that offers a bit of fantasy, a bit of suspense and a bit of romance, then definitely pick up Dark Metropolis in June.
Thank you to Shanna @ A Book Vacation Blog for the giveaway!(less)
I really enjoyed Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee so I jumped at the chance to give her new novella a read, and while I liked it… I just didn’t love it.
Ma...moreI really enjoyed Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee so I jumped at the chance to give her new novella a read, and while I liked it… I just didn’t love it.
Marceline has spent the last few years indulging in nothing, her focus solely on raising her daughter. When she attends her best friends engagement party they convince her to let loose for an evening and after a few drinks she likes the idea even more.
Aaron Robinson has spent years waiting for Marceline to see him and when she finally pays a bit of attention to someone that isn’t him he finally makes a move. Aaron hopes that a hot encounter in a dark alley is just the beginning, but Marceline has other ideas and runs off… Now Aaron has to make his move and convince her he’s in for the long haul, but can he do it without scaring her off?
First Roberts creates some really believable, heated moments between these two. I liked their chemistry and thought their history really helped with that. On the flip side… I completely understand why Marceline didn’t think he was really interested in a real relationship… I mean, if you are, you don’t screw her for the first time in an alley against a wall…. Or maybe you do, I don’t know. But that one detail kind of stuck in my craw if I’m to be honest.
One thing that stuck out and I thought was incredibly weird was that Aaron’s sister’s name was Erin. I actually thought it was a typo with the name for a second and found myself going back to double check. It was just weird and I thought added a bit of unnecessary confusion, because what parent’s would do that to their kids anyway?
Aside from that, I thought for a novella this was good – Again, I’m a fan of Katee Robert’s writing. Her stories are well done and easy to read and that means no squicky words or uncomfortable situations lol. Definitely grab this one when it’s out!
Thank you to Entangled for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts! (less)
Really enjoyed the male narrator on this one. Definitely worth the listen and now I have to head on over to audible and get Into The Still Blue. Thoro...moreReally enjoyed the male narrator on this one. Definitely worth the listen and now I have to head on over to audible and get Into The Still Blue. Thoroughly enjoying the ability to listen to them all back to back! (less)