“Maybe in a court of law the charges wouldn’t stick, but hemopaths were carted straight to Haversham, and no one ever left Haversham. Except Ada”
Synopsis: In 1920’s Boston right before prohibition we focus on two young girls brought together by magic; Ada Navarra and Corinne Wells. These are no ordinary girls though, Ada has the power to make people remember their happiest memory or their darkest regret with her song and Corinne can make you believe anything with the power of her words; Powers that only Hemopaths can have. During this story the two girls are the Cast Iron club’s main source of income and entertainment but with the increasing raids on Hemopath friendly clubs it’s likely that their safe haven will be shut down. The story opens with Corinne breaking Ada out of Haversham Asylum for Hemopaths, which has never been done. Upon their return Ada is tainted by the fear of never truly escaping the asylum and the betrayal of one of her own. All the while Corinne tries to think of ways to help the club of her savior Johnny Dervish, keep her hemopath life hidden from her family and help Ada overcome the emotions that plague her. The girls are faced with difficult decisions as Hemopaths start disappearing and enemies reveal themselves in unsuspecting places. Relationships are strained as the life they know is turned upside down but one thing is certain, Ada and Corinne can always count on each other when things go awry.
There are a lot of things I loved about this book but there are also a lot of things that I didn’t exactly like. I thought that the writing lulled at times and when Soria tried to revive it it was kind of half alive. I think it could have ended about 100 pages sooner because by time the climax hit I was just trying to make it through the book. I absolutely loved the relationships that she built between Ada and Corinne and the people of the Iron Cast Club. Corinne was stubborn, impulsive, but smarter than anyone and I love that she was so raw and willing to be imperfect. Ada was kind of reserved but reminded me of a quiet storm, I mean you really can’t go wrong with a dynamic duo like these two. The one thing that actually threw me for a loop was the betrayal toward the end of the book. I definitely could have gone without reading it but I did love the unique setting I was just missing the “oomph” factor. I would encourage everyone to give it a try and form your own opinions!