The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

The Tombs

Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 BrooklynNew York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her ...

Details The Tombs

TitleThe Tombs
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Tombs

  • Kathy MacMillan
    Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl has been working as a welder in an ironworks factory ever since her mother was locked in the Tombs asylum and she and her father had to flee their respectable middle-class life. The skills Avery has developed in creating perfect metal connections are only appropriate, as she discovers that she has powers that let her see the connections between lives, and help heal other people’s auras. But in New York City in the th...
  • Kim
    Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.4 1/2 StarsThe Tombs is a wonderful blend of history and fantasy, and Deborah Schaumberg does a fantastic job at bringing gritty 1882 New York City to vividly to life. Almost everything works here from the well-rounded characters to the detailed world-building. The only reason why I’m not giving this perfect marks is because toward the middle of the book t...
  • Raven_Blake
    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsI have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it but I didn't love it. The concept of this book was amazing and the world building was a total perfection, but sadly I couldn't connect with the characters and the pacing seemed slow to me and it literally dragged in the middle. I'm really not fan of slow reads but if you can handle them then you might enjoy it m...
  • Lauren
    Deborah Schaumberg's The Tombs first landed on my radar because of its stunning cover. Then I read the synopsis and a decision was made: I needed it and pronto! As it turns out, The Tombs is a magical and rich debut. It's hard not to become completely enthralled by Avery's journey as well as rooting for her every step of the way. There's many things Deborah does well here; however, one of the best is the descriptions. It was so incredibly easy to...
  • Kara
    I know my status updates don't seem like I enjoyed this book, but I really, really did. It was special. The Tombs is definitely one of the creepiest books I have read in a long time, and the main antagonist was horrifying. The characters were amazing, as was the atmosphere, and I thought all the issues I had were handled delicately. There was even an author note at the back about the usage of the G word.However, I have thoughts about that. I need...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.3.5 stars!There were so many aspects of The Tombs that urged me to pick it up. The setting is a fantasy world blended into the real NYC of 1882, a time after the civil war where racial segregation is still quite prominent. In this fantasy world there are people with unique powers, powers they must keep hidden because seemingly lurking around every corner is a scary doctor and his men wearing cro...
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to HarperTeen for approving me for this eARC in exchange for an honest review! ****I have to say I’m a little confused about my feelings for this book, because it started out excellent and then for some reason dragged at the end and the story got really jumbled up. I think it had a lot of potential but that ending just made everything fall really flat for me.What I Liked: -Avery Kohl...
  • Kassie
    *thank you HarperTeen for sending me a copy of his book in exchange for review!*This book was really very okay.The plot is so intriguing, curious, and did leave you wanting to turn the page, but I kept finding myself rolling my eyes at dialogue or squinting at the small moments.I felt like the writing fit more of a younger audience than i was expecting considering the dark plot, and it just wasn’t for me.Like I said. It was okay. There were thi...
  • Beth
    Avery lives in a tenement and works with the other undesirable kids as a welder. Her mother is gone, taken away to The Tombs as a mental patient years earlier, and her father has struggled ever since. While he used to make amazing clocks, he no longer does that, preferring to tinker on other things instead. When Avery starts to believe she may have the same mental issues as her mother, and defies her father to learn more, they find themselves mak...
  • Cassie James
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg is yet again another absolutely brilliant debut novel. Avery's story is a captivating one that grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Dashing through the streets of 1800s New York with Avery was a fantastic experience I enjoyed having. Avery Kohl works in a ironw...
  • Isabella
    I got this ARC in exchange for an honest review from HarperTeen, so thank you!The Tombs is set in 1882's New York City, and it follows a welder girl named Avery, who can see the energy in the world and is determined to get her mother out of the Tombs, a terrible prison/asylum. Things I liked:- The thing that pushed Avery forward, her motivation, was her mother. It's rare to see such a strong mom/daughter connection in YA, so I was really happy ab...
  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/12/18: Kohl hasn't always lived in the rough section of New York City as she struggled to help her father make ends meet. Once upon a time she had a mother and a beautiful home. She could attend school and dream of a future that wasn't restricted by how much money she could make at her welding job. Everything changed the night the men came to take her mother away to the...
  • Kathy Martin
    This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882. Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories. She a welder in an iron works. She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum. Her father works as a clockmaker/inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.Avery is sixteen and starting to have the ...
  • Gmr
    I was curious about the title, intrigued by the cover, and once I began, I just couldn't stop. That's how mesmerizing I found the story to be.We're in the early 1800's, Brooklyn, New York, and seeing the world through the gritty, muddied streets of the average Joe/Jane...or rather the ones that once were higher up, knocked down by circumstance and odd occurrences. Young Avery is a girl in a boy's world, just trying to help her father, the only fa...
  • Andria Sedig
    Three years ago, Avery's mother was taken and placed in an asylum for being insane; she saw visions, something unusual in new York. Now, Avery fears that she will also be locked away in the Tombs because she is starting to see things as well. When her unusual gift causes an explosion at her place of work and places her and her father in danger, Avery knows that she will have to figure out the truth behind her gift - and possibly learn to control ...
  • Elisquared
    The reader finds themselves in a haunting, dark, gritty New York City, one that holds powerful secrets and powerful men -- all of which work toward trying to harness the abilities of "witches", the people who are branded as such and then locked away in The Tombs, a horrible asylum/prison where unspeakable experiments are being performed.Avery's mother is taken to The Tombs for being able to "see" the unseen, and Avery ignores all signs of this sa...
  • Ari Tinius
    I have several things to say about this book, and I’m gonna be all over the place excuse me lol:- Something about the writing set me off with this book?? I’m not sure what exactly it was, but it was just weird. Didn’t make it bad. Just like “oof”. - Golly I swear to god there is gonna be like a sequel???? Because that ending was so open ended??? And kinda rushed???? And not like “they lived happily ever after” more so “the bad guy...
  • Sarah
    I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Civil War has recently ended and Avery's father develops mechanical parts to replace limbs that fellow soldiers have lost in the war. Avery is forced to work as a welder, after her mother is taken away to the Tombs, the local insane asylum because she was seeing things. Avery begins to question her sanity after she starts having visions about others. As she begins digging into h...
  • Amy Braun
    Having just finished this book, all I can say is: I want the sequel! Please, please, please let there be another book because I'll go crazy if it just ends like that! Right from the start, I was hooked by the concept and the characters. It was a beautifully told story with layered individuals and a strong lead character in Avery. Not to mention there was a series creep factor regarding the Tombs itself. The story was interesting and engaging, and...
  • Imré Welnicki
    This book was FANTASTIC! I absolutely love historical fiction and this had everything I love about it plus action. I do enjoy some of the darker sides of history, and this gave me exactly the right amount. It may seem a little macabre, but it's just enough to give an idea of how badly the working class and supposed "insane" or "mentally disturbed" people were treated.I appreciate Avery's determination and perseverance throughout the book, even wh...
  • Georgette
    I am torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. I went with 4, but parts of this really bugged me .. I felt our heroine, for someone so determined to find out what happened to get her mom put into solitary confinement in The Tombs, was very flighty and indecisive in her plans to execute an escape. There's also the matter of character disappearing that are major parts of the plot. Two viable love interests that turn out to be kernels of temptation. The sacrifi...
  • Derek Milman
    Reviewing an ARC of The Tombs--I thought the novel was a smart, beautiful melding of urban fantasy and historical fiction. I adored the characters, and the smoky world of Five Points and Tammany Hall era NYC, particularly the depiction of city as it existed in the late 19th century through the eyes of a young girl with a lot of loss behind her, a lot of mystery in her midst, and a lot at stake.
  • Wootyboots
    I loved this book! The setting and time period were beautifully interlaced with the plot, the characters are to die for, and the mystical feeling is outstanding. A wonderful read for anyone who loves fantasy and/or history. I read an ARC of the book and I can't wait to see it out on the shelves!An absolutely amazing and magical story :)
  • Mel Hawk
    I'd rate this 3.5 closer to a 4. Full review to come. But I did like it. The ending was so open ended that I can see Deborah Schaumberg taking this in many different ways. Pretty good debut book, probably one of the creepiest books I've ever read. With probably the scariest antagonist I've ever read.
  • Steve
    This is a fantastic book. Loved the story and I couldn't put it down. Avery and the other characters were really interesting, and the writing brings them to life wonderfully. So well-written, and in reading it I felt like I was living in 1880s New York. Definitely 5 stars!
  • Shea
    I am all-in for anything set in 1882 Brooklyn! And Deborah did an incredible job with setting and atmosphere, fully rooting us in this world!!! I found myself rooting for Avery--I loved her! And the tombs.... so creepy! This story is filled with adventure and high-stakes!
  • Dany
    I love some historical fantasy / steampunk book... and more if based in NY... rtc
  • Samantha Glass
    A very good first book from a new to me author. I enjoyed the steampunk and paranormal aspects and am interested to see if a follow-up book is in the works. Well written, vivid prose.
  • Ana