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City of Shadows

(London Fae #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Alina knows she is not real – the fae queen spun an evil web to create her – but she wants more than to spend her days feeding off humans’ energy to survive. She isn’t content to lose herself in the dangerously attractive Reign. She wants a life of her own making.

Desperate to help the man who saved her life, Alina vows to find his missing sister. Alina is convinced that
Published July 7th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A Marital Buddy Read (MBR) with my delicious bloodshed-loving wife Maria

» And the moral of this reread is:

Also (potentially defeaning screaming ahead, you might want to stand back for a minute): WHERE THE BLOODY SHRIMPING FISH IS THE THIRD INSTALMENT IN THIS SERIES??!!

[Original review]

Actual rating: 8 stars. Hell yeah.

We have an unspoken agreement, Pippa DaCosta and I: she writes it. I read it. I slightly fangirl about it kinda like it. Even when the "it" in question is a book in the
Pippa DaCosta
Jul 10, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Out Now!

Add it to your ever growing TBR list!

It's coming... Here's a hint of what you've got to look forward to:

~ Our favorite out-of-work fae rockstar, who's equal parts infuriating & alluring, is back.

~ Ancient life-sucking monsters infesting the London Underground.

~ Murder, missing people, mayhem, & magic - Oh my!

~ London's landmarks blown to smithereens.

~ Betrayal, angst, & dark desires.

~ Oh, and ogres.
I have a confession to make: I'm an addict...


A Pippa daCosta book addict.

Luckily, I've got the most awesome "Dealer" ever and she got me just the fix I needed!

So thank you, Pippa, for being my little, British happy pill!

No seriously, I've not yet read a Pippa daCosta book I haven't loved, and as soon as I'm done, I'm already craving the next installment. I've got to admit, this wait was longer than I'm used to. But good things do come to those who wait:

Alina's (finally) back, and Construct
*** Please note that this review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, City of Fae, so if you're not up to date with the series then I'd advise you not to read any further ***

Alina's life has been turned completely upside down since she discovered the truth about her creation. Knowing she's a construct, a being created by the powerful fae queen, and that the time she has left is limited has left Alina floundering. She may have destroyed her creator rather than carry out the
Chelsies Crazy4Books
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
I got this book off netgalley for an honest review but I didnt know it was a sequel so I decided to pick up the first book City of Fae before moving on to this one. I saw a lot of potentiel in the first book. Even though I had some issues with it I was confident they could be resolved in the second book and most of it did, although I felt like the beginning was a little rough.

The fae are tired of starving and hiding in the shadows. They want to come out and feed. With the fae roaming free and
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with my amazing husband.

I hate publishers. Especially ones that cancel a great series midway. And then don't let the author self-publish the rest of it. Like this one. Because things just got super crazy exciting and I'll probably never get to see how things end. Because of publishers *sulks in the corner muttering like a crazy person*

I can't even properly fangirl and try to convince you all to read this amazingly brilliant PNR series because I'm not that cruel. Do you know what I'm
kariny v
* i received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Find my review of Book 1 (City Of Fae here)

Also can we take a minute to admire these GORGEOUS COVERS for book 1 and 2!!!????

Ever since i read City of Fae, which is the first book in the series, i've been addicted to Pippa Dacosta's writing and her awesome stories! I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel and i'd like to give a million thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC (this does not affect
Arkon Annie
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: We received a digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley courtesy of the publisher Bloomsbury Spark (a division of Bloomsbury publishing). Possible spoilers ahead.

Why we chose it: The cover was gorgeous. The description sounded great and of course Bloomsbury published it so we could resist.

Review: We’ve written two reviews for this book and not one of them could successful capture our thoughts on it Third time’s the charm right? It’s led to us feeling frustrated and fearful that
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
I received a copy of City of Shadows on a honest review basis from Bloomsbury Spark (many thanks!) and, being the nincompoop that I am I didn’t realise it was the second book in a series! So, I read City of Fae and City of Shadows in very rapid succession and had a great couple of days immersing myself in the dark undercity of London with the iridescent eyed Fae.

The overall premise of the series (I’m wary of giving too many details about CoS’s plot specifically because of spoilers) is that we
Suze Lavender
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alina finally knows more about her own identity, but that doesn't give her any useful information at all. She does know, however, that she needs to feed. She doesn't want to take essence from humans and is trying to fight against her hunger and increasing weakness. She has a mission, she wants to find out what happens to people who disappear after falling under the spell of the fae. She's looking for one woman in particular, her human friend inspector Andrews's sister. Will she be able to find ...more
I requested this on NetGalley without knowing that this is book two in a series - the synopsis read like a stand-alone - and I had some bad luck with starting at the second book. So I was prepared for the worst, for not understanding anything, for being annoyed because I was too stupid to check first. Now imagine my surprise: I understood everything perfectly well. I had no problems with catching up because Pippa DaCosta recaps the previous things quite well and this did indeed read like a ...more
Saruuh Kelsey
Okay, first off, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as City of Fae, but that was mostly because I hated the tension and upset between Alina and Reign and I suspected the HECK out of Samuel. Good call, past!me.

I turns out I quite like Kael, the general? I'm not sure when that happened, but this series is so wild and throws so many twists at me that I'm not surprised.

The Reign/Alina hurt me so much in this book - and the ending made it a thousand times worse. I just want them to be happy and
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Good story but as I said in one of my updated this really isn't NA I need more steam. None of the fade to black stuff. Also I hope there's a 3rd book because this doesn't feel like the end.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: faeries, net-galley, arc
3 Stars.

I have to start this review by saying - I didn't realize this was a sequel until I started reading, and because I had already started, I resolved to press on to the end without going back to the first book. That being said, I really enjoyed City of Shadows and certainly have to give the author a round of applause for the fact that I wasn't actually too confused by the mythology or what had happened in the story before - everything was set out to remind the reader (or let them know, in my
T.W.R. Shelton
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

*** I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. ***

Alina’s back! After defeating the spider queen and being sucked further into the world of the fae, she’s really coming to her own. In the last book, she dealt with a loss of identity and the realization that her life was a lie, but in this book, it seems she’s finally standing on her own two feet and able to begin making decisions for herself. She’s become a fighter. That being said, I still struggle to connect
Tasya Dita
1.5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Another dissapointment in the ARC department.

It started off really well, jump straight into action. Also, I could follow the story and immerse myself in the world perfectly after only 1 chapter. That's a very good thing right?

And then we meet the main character, Alina. Oh my God. Alina is one of the most unpleasant
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy through NetGalley for an unbiased review. I have read the first book in the series and I was not disappointed in this one at all. I really liked the struggles Alina is going through and the goals she is trying to achieve while getting to know or I should say find who she really is. Reign wasn't much of a focus on this book but I hope to see some development in the romance department in the next next. Those two characters have had my fingers crossed from the beginning but ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received ARC of City of Shadows from NetGalley and Bloomsbury publisher in exchange for an honest review. City of Shadows is a very good second book in London Fae series. In the first book, City of Fae, Pippa Dacosta created exciting alternative London where humans and Fae coexist and introduced us to human girl Alina and attention seeking Fae rock star Reign. I loved unique and original Fae mythology Pippa created and could not wait for the next installment. In City of Shadows Alina's and ...more
Jun 29, 2016 added it
This is the second of Pippa DaCosta's London Fae series from ebook only imprint Bloomsbury Spark. The fae are as charismatic and attractive as ever but they are dangerous too - touching them causes you to be under their spell and promotes such a desire to be with them that you can think of nothing else. Alina knows she isn't real - she was created by the evil spider queen to be her killing machine - but she still feels things and has as many love problems in this book as any normal girl. The ...more
maddi rose
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review, Thank-you to Bloomsbury Publishing and Pippa Dacosta for this ARC *

This is the first series I’ve read from Pippa Dacosta and I was very impressed! Pippa’s writing style was wonderful, the story was steady paced and packed full of stunning twists and turns. I was captivated by this exciting world that Pippa has created. The fae mythology was unique! I was very interested in the way fae and humans coincided together in London! I loved the
Te`Neil Lee
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
we are back with Alina and she struggling to find her place I any world as she's made of "fairy dust," and not a "real girl." The character development for Alina was amazing. I loved her growth. General Kael was quote the surprise as he takes Alina under his "tutelage" in her attempt to learn more about herself, Andrew's sister and separate from Reign (sad face). I loved the plot, the tiny taste of Faeire, and the Harpy, who'll be sure to win hearts. I couldn't put the book down more only wish ...more
Edeena Cross
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the first Fae novel, Alina found out what she was. In this story, Alina discovers who she is and almost loses herself in the process. She finds love, betrayal and friendship in unexpected quarters. What's not to love?
So much time between books = giving this series a miss. Sorry Pippa, love your work, but this is a no can do.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
couldnt start it and couldnt finish it properly.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I loved it, but on another it really annoyed me.

What I loved.
The characters are well written (a trait of Pippa DaCosta's). I liked Alina's struggle to work out her place in the word (much the same way Ace Dante does towards the end of his series).
DaCosta made one of the characters so obviously the villain, that the big reveal came as a genuine surprise.
For the most part the plot was enjoyable, and I would love to find out what happens next.

Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
O.K. a little better than the first book of the two. I'm still having some issues with the dialogue though. It seems to fluctuate between Anglicized & Americanized English. The main one is the use of "Subway" vs "Underground or Tube" although these seem to be equally split throughout the book. There is, however, one glaringly misused word which only appears a couple of times but it's one that any British author should know by heart: we would never call a frozen treat a popsicle! In the U.K. ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as the first book. Everything I loved about the first book *cough* Reign *cough* get changed or is barely even there. It was still an exciting read, but sadly I didn't care as much about this book as I cared about the first
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I felt that the plot twist was a bit obvious. It's an interesting premise, the protagonist's conception. There's potential here for a whole lot of philosophical depth, but of course it's all romantic nonsense instead... And it's that why we love these books!
Ella Zegarra
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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Eventually came a lot sooner than I expected it to because I ended up adoring this book, but it didn't start out as smooth sailing. In the beginning I felt like Alina was grasping at straws to force a story. I eventually got over that and ended up listening to the audio book in small intervals. I got addicted by the seven hour mark and emotions just went haywire from there.

As I mentioned above, Alina seemed to force a storyline because I never understood her obsession
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