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Diamond City

(Diamond City #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Good things don't happen to girls who come from nothing...unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
"Good things don't happen to girls who come from nothing... unless they risk everything."

Diamond City is a multifaceted YA fantasy that blends the aspects of many different types of magic systems into one plot, and while I've seen this as being a turnoff for some readers, I found it to work beautifully. Flores has given us a world filled with blood/elemental magic, a steampunk setting, and political unrest to breed a luscious, atmospheric tale of bloodshed and, ultimately, revenge. While I'm not
Amélie Zhao
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Why did you help me?” she asked, trying to keep her voice from shaking.
His smile faded slightly. “Because good things don’t usually happen to girls who come from nothing.”
Aina cast her eyes downward. She was already well-aware of that.
He withdrew a dagger from a sheath inside his jacket and held it out to her. It was the sleekest blade she’d ever seen, with an onyx-black handle. She reached out to touch the handle with the tips of her fingers.
“Learn how to use this knife and I’ll make you into
Sarah Swann
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
WOW! Don’t sleep on this one, it was fantastic! It’s full of action, political intrigue, religious issues, addiction, blood magic, WOLF SIZED SPIDERS! I loved every minute of it. The characters are great and so flawed and lovable at the same time. I absolutely loved this one!

*Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy to read and review!
Thank you, Wednesday Books, for my ARC!
Excited to pick this one up in the next couple of weeks.

Sounds like an action-packed adventure and don't get me started on this gorgeous cover!

Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listen here friends. I just started a new job and I work 55+ hours a week. So it took me 20 days to read Francesca's book. But let me tell you something, it was in my head every. single. day. regardless of whether or not I got the chance to read it. Aina is a heroine who knifes her way into your heart and stays there. You feel her struggle and pain with every line. You root for her, you cry for her, you scream for her. She is scarred and beautiful and real in every way. Her fear of spiders and ...more
Dec 06, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc, ebook
DNF at 19%

Yet another "best assassin evah" character who, just in general, feels both unlikely and unlikeable and I wasn't buying what she was trying to sell. A (sorry, I know not everything should be compared to it, buuuut..) SIX OF CROWS-esque gang of criminals and spies and killers. A world that has a religion, and magic, where both seem to be illegal, with also a shitton of diamonds floating around but also they are being sold on the black market, and yet I had no sense of the why or how or
Patty (IheartYA)
This was a multifaceted, well-written, action packed ride. I thought it was going to be a quick and easy read, but it wasn't. Watch out for those twists and turns! I felt major Ace of Shades vibes (which I loved.) I enjoyed the character development, but sometimes the story was so detailed that it bogged down the pace a tad. I wasn't fond of the timeline transitions as a few were abrupt. I really liked the smart, sassy, and strong-willed main character. I'm curious as to what (if anything) will ...more
June Hur
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finished reading this fast-paced book about a heroine I constantly found myself rooting for. I'm still on vacation so once I can collect my thoughts, will share more in detail.

Review to come!

Hang on tight for this one, from start to finish it is non-stop tension, action and fabulous character interaction! Even more of an attention-getter is that the heroine is not your typical good girl! Aina is a master thief and assassin, raised on the streets after her parents’ murder in a city that is as terrifying as it is fascinating.

Taken in by the cold-hearted leader of a gang of young thugs, Aina strives to be the best at what she does, sadly, all for the praise and acceptance of someone
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited about this book and it did not disappoint!

It's entertaining, fast-paced, and action-packed with characters that are easy to root for. But what I loved the most about this book is its themes of classism and how this is incorporated quite seamlessly and effectively into the story.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
“Kill or be killed. Magic or industry. Nothing could coexist— steel and smoke never left room for nuance.”

I don’t know how to say this any other way but I will always be honest with my reviews.

This book was terrible.

Now, this is just my opinion. What is so powerful about books is that someone will fall in love with this world. But that someone was not me.

This book is one part the main character wondering if her dead parents would be proud of her even though she is an actual murderer.

Katie Zhao
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Learn how to use this knife and I’ll make you into something.”

Just read that line and tell me it doesn't give you chills. CHILLSSSSS.

I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of Francesca Flores' debut, DIAMOND CITY. I know it has changed quite a lot since then - but even in that very early draft, I knew I was reading something incredibly special.

DIAMOND CITY follows assassin Aina through a smoky world where one must not be afraid to get down and dirty in order to live. From writing tense,
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as owned-to-read
Shelves: arc, 2020-releases
ooooh my arc came

DNF 37%

It's been five days and I just can't engage with this book. No matter how hard I try, it's simply not doing it for me so I'm going to have to throw in the towel.

I'm having the biggest struggle with Aina. I understood when picking this up that she was a hired assassin and there would be morally grey characters, but if that's the case you have to somehow make me empathize/sympathize with these people to care what happens to them. The heroine's parents were slaughtered right in front of her
Erin Arkin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Review to come!
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
DNF @62%

This book isn't bad by any stretch of the world, it has its strengths and weaknesses. But ultimately I have so little time to read right now that I can't waste it on books that don't draw me in.

RTC!! (maybe!)
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

DNF at 52%. Well, nobody can accuse me of not trying to like this book.

The heroine, 18-year-old Aina Solis, is an assassin in the city of... somewhere. She works for Kohl (aka a blond Kaz Brekker) and is given the duty of killing a wealthy young man. Together with her friend Teo, she infiltrates his house and commits the murder - but soon discovers that she messed up. Now, Kohl and the entire city have turned on her while she
Olivia Wildenstein
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun and thrilling story.

I’m a romance fiend and even though there wasn’t a single kiss, all that romantic tension (there were many contenders for Aina’s heart) was delicious.

Can’t wait to read the next installment!
Justin Turczak
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
None stop action from start to finish and just a great world. Side characters were great especially teo. Can’t wait for book 2
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Thank you Macmillan and Wednesday books for the ARC.
Queen Cronut
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

Diamond City follows Aina Solis, an assassin navigating through the slums of Kosin and waiting for the day when she can be free from her indenture to the notorious Blood King's gang. When she's presented a job to kill a wealthy industrialist with a big enough payout to break free from the gang and escape poverty, she gladly accepts only to have the assassination go terribly amiss leading to a bounty on her head and caught in
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that grip you so hard that days and weeks and months and years go by and you still think about them. There are books that you can read again and again and again and feel that magic and surge of emotion every time.

DIAMOND CITY is one of those books.

It's a fast-paced, high stakes adventure about Aina, a brilliant assassin on a job that could change her life, and the jarring decisions she must make when those changes are different than expected. It is about magic and
Alyson Stone
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Book: Diamond City
Author: Francesca Flores
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with an ARC.

Wow, wow! Where do I even start with this book? I really am liking what Wednesday Books has been putting out there. This gave me Six of Crows and Throne of Glass vibes. I mean we have a dark city ruled by thugs and assassins. Yes, please! I know a lot of people are saying that this is just another assassin book and really doesn’t
Marta Cox
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Three and a half
Ok I was really keen to read this story about a female assassin as I have adored that particular trope recently and honestly I wanted to be fully immersed in another piece of fantasy fiction. Well yes ok our protagonist is female and yes Aina is an assassin but she's almost detached at times, felt strangely weak and wasn't really that likeable. I do understand when anyone could be out for your blood every day that it's hard to trust or form attachments but Aina seemed to lack
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-magic
Diamond City is a novel that follows Aina as she works as an assassin after the death of her parents. However, a job gone wrong leaves her teaming up with her enemy in order to survive the wrath of her boss.

I really enjoyed the character development in this book. I feel like I was able to see the characters grow and develop as the novel progressed, and I found myself rooting for them. I think the author did a good job on fleshing them out and telling us about their histories throughout the
I'd like to start of to say that I received an Uncorrected Bound Manuscript from the publisher. There is a high chance that some things may have been changed in the ARC editions and the final release of this book.

Many people know that I'm always trying to find more Latinx fantasy novels, as I feel that there aren't as many as there should be.

I'm super happy to say that Diamond City didn't disappoint! This was an extremely diverse book, but not adding in diversity for diversity points. It felt
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I hesitated to enter the goodreads giveaway for this one because it sounded awfully YA, but it wasn't labeled as such, and who am I to resist fantasy set in an industrializing city?* So enter it I did, and I won, and friends, it was awfully YA,** and it was not for me. I tried to keep that in mind and evaluate it on its own merits, but even still, I couldn't do it. It's one of those books that doesn't tell you anything once if it can tell you a dozen times instead, and even then it can't keep ...more
Victoria Robinson
Sep 06, 2018 is currently reading it
As much as wolf-sized spiders terrify me, I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
I won this ARC for free from a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets really excited about a book, fortune shines down upon her so much that she won an ARC, and then you read it and you're like...Well, okay then. Alas, that was me withDiamond City. I really liked the whole idea of the book, but I think this is a moment where it's not the book, it'sme.

Content warning: Addiction, substance abuse, self-harm (The magic system includes blood magic, meaning a character has to harm
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Francesca Flores is a writer, traveler and linguist. Raised in Pittsburgh, she read every fantasy book she could get her hands on and started writing her own stories at a young age. She began writing Diamond City while working as a corporate travel manager. When she's not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys traveling, dancing ballet and jazz, practicing trapeze and contortion, and visiting parks ...more

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