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Iron Cast

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,160 ratings  ·  527 reviews
In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Jo ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Harry N. Abrams
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smolcrown No sexual content. Just very brief kissing scenes, and a couple of swear words.

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Emily May
This book just did not hold my attention. I liked the idea, but the plot was so uninteresting and the two MCs had the exact same (and dull) personality.

Things I Liked
* Diversity
* Low on romance
* Addresses racism
* Black cover model (and the cover in general is quite appealing)

That's kind of it, though. I think even some more romance would have been welcome here to give the dragging pace and boring story some life.

Iron Cast starts slow, plodding along as a lot of time is taken to explain and demo
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I found this book really difficult to get through. There were times where I questioned if I should just DNF it, but I ultimately pulled through. I felt a major disconnect with the characters throughout this book, which made it hard to care for the things they were going through. I did like the plot, though there were moments where I felt it lulled. My favorite part was the magic system and I wish we would've seen more of it throughout the story. Overall this was a miss for me, which makes me sad ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I didn’t really expect much from Iron Cast. It’s one of those books where its cover caught my eye while browsing Goodreads one day, and the description sounded interesting enough that it led me to add it to my to-watch list. Afterwards though, I must admit it’d pretty much flown out of my mind— that is, until one day I read a very positive review from Kaja whose blog I follow, and her praise was enough to put this book on
More than anything, she wanted to kiss him. He was so bright and beautiful and vulnerable in the daylight. But she couldn't let herself.

Galley provided by publisher

Rep: Afro-Latina mc, black li, mlm side characters

Hands down, this is one of the best books I've read this year. Perhaps I found it a little slow, up until about the halfway point, and was thinking of rating it only 4 stars, but then it burst into life. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and I was emotio
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ok, I might be biased because this time period + paranormal is the key to my heart but I really loved this book.
it had amazing things, like a diverse cast, a lot of focus on female friendships and young girls that can take down whatever they want if they just try a bit hard. but it was the little details that got me. for example, there's characters from portuguese speaking countries. and they speak portuguese, with correct grammar!! there's even one that has a portuguese name. you have no idea h
Tarun Shanker
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five very convincing reasons to read Iron Cast that will also serve as a countdown to you immediately starting it:

5. The pitch: Iron Cast mashes up con artists, magic, art and the jazz era and they fit together so well you wonder why no one has done this before. If you’re a fan of the setting of The Great Gatsby and The Diviners, along with the deception and trickery in things like Ocean’s Eleven, The Sting, The Prestige, Inception and the first Mistborn book (but have also wondered why each of
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Iron Cast was a novel I was really looking forward to reading as I had heard a lot about it around the book community on both blogs and Instagram alike. I really liked the premise, and I was also looking forward to having some black culture included in the novel too. It’s not every day that both of the main characters in a novel are coloured!

Personally, it took me a little while to warm up to this novel, but once I did I was head over heels in love with it. The two main characters are Ada and Co
Jodi Meadows
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book about friendship, magic, and truth.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an eArc of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

Full review on my blog: Word Wonders

3.5 stars.

I thouroughly enjoyed the concept and reading about the issues this books deals with, and can we talk about that cover for a second, HOW GORGEOUS IS IT? I must admit that this was a cover pick above all for me #Shallowlikethat and then the synopsis pulled me in even more.
The writing is something very settle, it is not something that would stri
Dec 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
This cover is everything. I can't even.
4.5 Stars

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

Ada and Corianne are living in Boston in 1919 and are extremely skilled hemopaths. Hemopathy is a form of magic where the people with the power of hemopathy can create illusions through art whether it be a wordsmith, a songsmith or an artist. The Hemopathy Protection Agency (HPA) is closing in on Ada and Corianne’s tails and they are at risk at being thrown into an asylum and losin
Man, but Destiny Soria can write. Most of the time, her skills are quiet: they're 'only' evident in her clever, careful world-building, and in the characters who are so effortlessly nuanced and flawed and three-dimensional. There are moments, though, that just take your breath away, and that happens in Iron Cast when Soria's describing the manifestation of some of the book's magic. The way she articulates, for example, what it looks like when one character take the appearance of another is so vi ...more
Lonna | FLYLēF
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Fascinating fantasy elements! Magic and art, together? Love! However, and this is a breaker, it...
Full review coming soon.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I really enjoyed this one. And I can actually get the only problem I had with it out of the way right up front: It started off slowly. The first 50 pages or so, I struggled with getting to know the characters and developing any connection to them. But, as the book wore on, I definitely got into it! Let's discuss why, shall we?

The friendship was awesome! A duo of headstrong females in
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Iron Cast is a fantastic escape read. It’s also woke as hell, which is a magical combination that warmed my heart and filled me with hope and determination in a season in which I am sorely lacking both. Historical fantasy to the rescue!

In an alternate version of pre-Prohibition Boston, Ada and Corinne work and live at the Cast Iron Club, a nightclub/cabaret hybrid where hemopaths like them perform nightly shows using their special set of skills. Hemopaths have a blood abnormality that gives them
Laura (bbliophile)
lovedlovedloved this one! Full review to come, but you can count on it it'll just be me gushing about this book. ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overall just disappointed with this read. I fell in love with the book and the premise (alternate version of Boston in 1919 with a class of human beings called hemopaths being outlawed). However, the author chose to dump us right in the middle of the story instead of developing the characters we were supposed to care about. It also didn't help the world building didn't make a lot of sense. She threw in real life events such as Prohibition, but I honestly didn't feel like the author did a lot of ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Iron Cast first came to my attention thanks to the lovely Kaja and Becky‘s lovely reviews. Everything about it sounded perfect and these ladies made a terrific case for it. So I immediately put in a request at the library. I picked up the book with high expectations and I’m happy to say that Iron Cast delivered.

Here are some reasons why this book just worked for me:

-The Pre-Prohibition era setting, together with the magical elements to the story were luscious and rich and completely swept me awa
actual rating: 1.75/5

I tried my best to like this book (I really did) especially after reading all the rave reviews. This book had been compared to The Diviners, and that was enough of an incentive for me to read this book. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me.

The blurb is basically the summary of this book. The problem is the less exciting series of events leading up to another set of less exciting events. I was hoping for an interesting way to introduce the hemopaths (or whatever that is
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an engaging book! The setting, the elements, the characters - all of that was real solid. But it's the plot that truly won me over in the end. ...more
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Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I expected to love this book! The cover looked so good, but my eyes were closing as kept reading and I realised after page 24 that I couldn't keep going.

Not my style. 1.5 stars.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~

Feels :
“America is the land of liberty, Danny dearest,” Corinne said. “She won’t stand for Prohibition, mark my words.”

This book feels like a gangster movie with a few twists. Also not everyone dies, like in most gangster movies I’ve seen. I felt like I was sucker-punched in the gut a few times. Also I love how the author has chosen a relatively unexplored (in YA, at least) period of time (the weeks right before Prohibition took effect in 1919) for he
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine a world where some people have a certain "affliction of the blood", so called hemopaths. Iron and its alloys are like kryptonite to Superman or silver to vampires. But hemopaths also have a rare gift: they can create illusions through songs and poems, and some of them can pull objects from paintings they made.

Ada and Corinne are teenaged hemopaths in Boston just months before Prohibition goes into effect. They work in an underground hemopath bar, the Cast Iron, where they preform illusio
*eARC kindly provided by ABRAMS Kids via NetGalley*

This is really a love story between two friends, two girls from different worlds but who form a strong bond that won’t ever break. It’s about THEM, first and foremost. And oh, how I loved these girls. The bold and reckless and confident Corinne. The quiet, serious, and talented Ada. It was told in both of their POVs, which I was glad of, because they’re so different and they really just balance each other out. Corinne is a quick-thinker but she
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 - 3 / 5 Fangs

Iron Cast was a book I was really looking forward to, but sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations. I couldn't connect to the characters and I felt like the book dragged. I just had a hard time pushing through this book. However, there were some things that I did enjoyed about this book. I thought the diversity of the characters was fantastic. I was really happy to see some more diversity in YA literature! I also liked the fact that the author addressed racism in this book
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Although I really enjoyed the strong emphasis on friendship, the types of magical powers Ada and Corinne had, and the historical vibe, there wasn't enough going on to keep me super interested. It was slow paced, slightly repetitive and the main body of the story felt, sadly, completely different to the opening, which started with an escape from an asylum! ...more
Karen Fortunati
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolute treat of a story - it's got everything magic, historical fiction (Boston 1919) but at it's heart is the story of a friendship. This is a phenomenal debut by Destiny Soria and one that should not be missed!! ...more
Read a couple of chapters from OverDrive and decided to return the book so I can buy a finished copy. I just know I'm going to like it.. ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Kris Sellgren
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I loved this urban fantasy novel set in Boston on the eve of Prohibition. Ada is a black violinist (mother from Madagascar, father from Portugal), who can evoke emotions in her listeners. Corinne is a white runaway from a wealthy family who can induce visions when she recites poetry. Together, they are a sensational act at the Cast Iron nightclub. But Boston has just passed a law prohibiting hemopaths like Ada and Corinne from performing. Soon, secret police are coming for hemopaths, and locking ...more
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Destiny Soria is a Young Adult fantasy author and freelance writer. Her novels feature magic, mystery, and an excess of witty banter. She lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.

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“Charlie was a songsmith who played hope and joy better than any other feeling. Ada, on the other hand, could make a grown man forget his own mother's face with only a few bars. She could play loss so keen that regs would sometimes fall to their knees and weep. What did that say about her?” 0 likes
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