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Blurb (from Goodreads):
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA urban fantasy story, about a world in which monsters were real.
I liked both Kate and August in this book, although they were very different characters. I also found it quite interesting that August was one of the monsters, especially as he seemed the quieter of the two.
The storyline in this was about Kate and August meeting at school, and August spying on Kate, and there were several different plots going on against them which became more apparent as the story went along. The world building was pretty good, although the pace was a bit slow.
The ending to this had quite a bit of action, and a couple of twists. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.
6.5 out of 10