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Diamond City

(Diamond City #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  245 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
Published 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 dont 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 shed 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 Ill make you into
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This fantasy is one bloody one. Aina becomes an assassin to survive, and she's really good at it. Her fights are movie-ready (I could totally picture myself watching this book as a movie), full of action and bloody.

I love magic stories and this one is really good. It also shows another perspective on blood magic: none of the main characters can do magic, but their lives are still tainted by it.

Book 2 will be AWESOME, I'm so sure of it, since book 1 ends with a lot of promises (not a spoiler).

Sarah Swann
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Dont sleep on this one, it was fantastic! Its 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!
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
Thank you, Wednesday Books, for my ARC!

Sounds like an action-packed adventure and don't get me started on this gorgeous cover!
The Nerd Daily
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS

Featuring the journey of a fierce heroine in the magical yet vicious world of Kosín, Francesca Flores fantasy debut novel, Diamond City, is going to blow your mind with its action-packed story, fast-paced plot, and scene-stealing characters. Being the first book in a series, Diamond City follows the story of Aina Solís and her dangerous quests as an assassin along with some unlikely allies that she never expected to have. Confused
Dec 06, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
alana ♡
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My sky and yours are not the same. Let me touch my sky."

This right here was a bloody good time! And when I say bloody I mean it because there was so much murder. Initially, I won't lie, the first thing that drew me into this book was the cover but then I read the synopsis and was so on board I couldn't wait to dive into this. Now that I'm done, I am DYING for the next book. Seriously, send help. The author does a fantastic job of immediately throwing you into the story full speed ahead and
Katie Gallagher
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Diamond City debuted January 28th.

I requested an ARC for Diamond City because Im a Sarah J. Maas fan, and (flawed though it may be) I think the conflicted lady assassin trope is pretty fun. The first chapter or two of Diamond City started in an okay spot, but it unfortunately went swiftly downhill from there. Where Maas was able
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
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 who
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!

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
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 dont 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.

Another part
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.
Laura (crofteereader)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

An action-packed (seriously, there are so many cool knife and gun fight sequences, as well as elaborate breaking-and-entering scenes) debut about a girl rising above humble beginnings - first as an assassin and later as a revolutionary. By focusing so much on the action and filling in the background in bits and pieces, the plot can't help but move forward at a gallop, which kept me going even when I didn't really feel like reading. The downside of this style (and part of this may be
Katie Zhao
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Learn how to use this knife and Ill 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

Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Diamond City is a action-packed YA urban fantasy following a street kid-turned assassin as she navigates the complex realities of her city and plenty of danger. While not all of this was quite my cup of tea, I'm impressed with the detailed world-building and thoughtful depiction of class inequality, religious persecution, toxic relationships, and trauma. While this was a little action-heavy for my taste and I didn't entirely love Aina as a main character, I think a lot of readers will really ...more
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
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Diamond City by Francesca Flores is a book I had been anticipating due to its supposed action and dark magic. The premise interested me, and I enjoyed the idea of an assassination gone wrong and some unlikely allies. Despite this, many elements of the story are quite flat, including the main character and the setting, and I was ultimately unimpressed.

This book follows Aina, an assassin working for the man who took her in after the death of her parents. She is given
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. Cant wait for book 2 ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Although this story has great action and an interesting main character, unfortunately Diamond City was a miss for me - and I'm sad because I really wished that I loved this.

- Follows Aina, an orphan who was adopted by a 'crime boss' and trained to become an assassin. When a failed assassination attempt puts her life in danger, she is pulled into a corrupt plot and helps her target's younger brother.
- What I liked best was the main character - Aina is an interesting heroine, and I liked that the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Erin Arkin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Review to come!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Diamond City is an action-packed young adult fantasy by debut author Francesca Flores about a girl who perseveres through poverty, violence, and loss to achieve a future for herself. 18-year old Aina Solis is an assassin who works for Kohl Pavel, aka the Blood King who saved her life when she was 12 and made her his Blade. She's at the top of her game working towards her freedom to work for herself. When she is offered the job
Rebecca Whaley
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG I adored it! Aina is phenomenal! I the world building is exceptional! I could literally see myself there. I couldn't ask for more! I absolutely found a new favorite! Definitely check this out!
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!)
Olivia Wildenstein
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun and thrilling story.

Im a romance fiend and even though there wasnt a single kiss, all that romantic tension (there were many contenders for Ainas heart) was delicious.

Cant wait to read the next installment!
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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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