Verity City is torn: between it’s saviors who swore to protect its people from the monsters infested in their city, and between the thug who has built an empire out of the very same nightmares haunting the streets, in exchange for payment and loyalty. When Kate returns to V City, she knows what she wants– to be worthy of her father and his empire. To show that she is just as ruthless as him, she is willing to do anything to prove it. On the other side, August Flynn wants nothing else but to be human. Instead, he is one of three powerful monsters V City knows everything and nothing about, his father’s secret weapon for a war that could break the city once again.
Personal Take: It has been so long since I’ve read something so darn good. I could not put this book down. In fact, I had the sense that instead of me devouring it, it was devouring me, with it’s amazing story and set of characters, and the amazing tension and GAH! Everything!
Schwab did an amazing job building the world of monsters, and the characters in them. Even though this is YA, I can’t count it as one, because it just didn’t follow YA formula. It followed its own formula, which I loved because it was natural, and the conflict was truly masterfully written and executed. The writing is so beautiful, the characters so complex. The pacing, murderous but deliciously savory. It’s so refreshing to read something different and vibrant, and readers can tell there’s more to this world. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Audience: Has one or two choicy words, so Older Teens and beyond who want to try something new.
Other recommendations: This is the first Victoria Schwab book I’ve read, but I look forward to reading her previously published work!