Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 11th, 2016!
Get It: Amazon
*eARC kindly provided by ABRAMS Kids via NetGalley*
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.
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 also rushes into situations without taking a breath. Ada is more contemplative, logical. And she feels a lot more for other people, where Corinne does not generally care about anyone but Ada and their friend, Saint. And Johnny, the owner of the Iron Cast and the person who gave her a home when she needed it, and a place to belong. She’s so hell-bent on saving the club that she nearly gets herself killed a few times, as well as Ada. But the two are a force, determined to not only figure out what’s going but save themselves. They’re hunted, forced to endure intense and dangerous situations, and they stick together throughout everything. Their beautiful friendship was my favorite.