Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

Today we have the pleasure to host the blog tour for Jaclyn Dolamore's new book, Dark Metropolis!  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.


Dark Metropolis was one of those books that immediately caught my eye (while I was book stalking on Goodreads of course).  The cover was so provocative and alluring, and then I read the synopsis.  This book sounded new and exciting, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  The 3 things that drew me in,  you ask?

1.) A world with good and bad magic (I love paranormal!)

2.) The Telephone Club--sounds like something right out of the 20s (my favorite decade)

3.) Freddy--magnetic and mysterious with secrets to!

Jaclyn's world is gritty and spell-binding, and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster.  Just like it's cover, Dark Metropolis is beautiful and haunting.

I love that this book doesn't get weighed down in history.  It has just enough to introduce you to their world and the past that led them to the current underground revolution.  I don't like getting bogged down in the details; I much prefer to get to know the characters more intensely.  As a result, the pacing was well-done.  I didn't find myself bored, double checking when the chapter was going to end.  On the contrary, I didn't want to stop reading--even when I needed to!

I really (I mean really) loved the Telephone Club, and I do wish we could have seen more of what really goes on in dark corners of the club.  It was by far the most interesting setting in the book, and I found myself waiting to get further and further into it's lavishness.

Jaclyn did a good job of switching from one character's setting to the next, but I do wish that there were fewer characters that we had to follow so intensely.  There were times when I felt like there were too many characters that she focused on (not too many to keep up with), and at times it made the book feel disjointed. I wish that somehow the stories could have been told with more connection.

And finally, the romance.  The romance progressed pretty slowly, and I do wish that it would have had more passion.  This world was so well built and so intoxicating that the romance just didn't live up to what was going on everywhere else.  I almost wish this were written as a NA as I think there could have been some amazing romance that really makes you swoon.

Overall, this was a great book and a welcome change from what we see everyday in the YA genre.  I will definitely be reading more of Jaclyn Dolamore!!!


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