Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore

Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)

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 ...

Details Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)

TitleDark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)
Release DateJun 17th, 2014
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Zombies, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)

  • Giselle
    An enjoyable plot with a very unique zombie story, but it was missing... something. Many aspects about this world and its happenings were explained only briefly to make the plot move forward, which made it hard to invest myself fully. But it was fun, nonetheless!We begin by following Thea, whose mother's strange illness has left her in charge of supporting the family. This is where we begin to see the part that magic has in the story, when we lea...
  • Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
    Well then... That was interesting and enlightening, I actually really enjoyed this book.3.5 StarsI'll be honest and tell you I don't think I would have read Dark Metropolis has someone told me about the book and it's details. For some reason I've been putting this book off, procrastinating about reading until last night I put my big girl panties on and read it.To start with it was a bit slow and I found the instant connection between Freddy and T...
  • Eilonwy
    3-1/2 stars, rounded up. Thea's mother suffers from "bound-sickness," the result of a spell gone wrong when Thea's father died at war, but his body was never returned home. To support them, Thea works nights as a waitress at the Telephone Club. There, she's befriended Nan, another girl who must support herself alone. And she meets Freddy, a young man with silver hair and a magic touch. The three of them are drawn into -- and connected by -- a mys...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    You can win a copy during my stop at the blog tour!If we're being honest, I actually wanted to read this based on pure intrigue. I never actually expected to like this one, but I did. I'll warn you potential readers, though: The synopsis could be very misleading. It gives us the impression that the book is solely Thea's story, when it's actually more of her friend, Nan's. It wsan't a very bad thing, but I would've liked to expect the multiple POV...
  • Nikki
    I was recommended this initially because there’s some LGBT content and an asexual character. Well, just to deal with that upfront: there’s a character who is, at least, not straight, and there’s a character who isn’t interested in sex. However, she’s not interested in sex because she’s not human, so that’s kind of… not asexuality. If you interpret her as ace, though, she’s also arguably aromantic.Still, it’s an interesting sto...
  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 stars I quite liked this Review to come.
  • Brandi
    It's been six days since I set this down in annoyance, and I haven't missed it at all. It's safe to say at this point that I will not be forcing myself to finish it so DNF it is. The things that turned me off: the girl's mother was treated like a toddler- she had a "sickness" but still, it was too much. Then there was the boy who wasn't even able to fend off a frontal attack by even attempting to shove the person off him. They had an immediate co...
  • SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
    **2.5 stars**Yeah well, the characters definitely weren't the smartest in the room. (view spoiler)[ I mean, come on! You would have to know that reanimating the dead/ performing necromancy would have some sort of effect. That kind of magic comes with a price. (hide spoiler)] With all that is going on in this book, I just didn't feel a connection to the characters. There wasn't enough to substantiate a real romance between the characters. Nope. No...
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Dark, dead, magic, life, love.I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I was in for something light and fluffy, something I wouldn't enjoy much but would pass the time. But instead what I read was dark and deep and thought provoking. It was fascinating. And I couldn't put it down.I liked the character of Thea. And I loved Nan.I was absolutely not expecting Zombies. That was one heck of...
  • Alyssa
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn DolamoreBook One of the Dark Metropolis seriesPublisher: Disney-HyperionPublication Date: June 17, 2014Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):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 touc...
  • Sarah
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)16-year-old Thea works at a telephone club, trying to make enough money to pay the bills after her veteran father’s supposed death, and her mother’s illness because of it.When her best friend Nan goes missing and Thea is told that she committed suicide, she knows that something is not right.Is Thea’s Father dead? Di...
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    For a series opener, Dark Metropolis had plenty of potential, but unfortunately, a lot of it was left unfulfilled. While there were certainly advantages to this story (its very unique take on zombies just one of the many examples), the final result is unfocused and just a tiny bit immature. The world, for one, was neither clear nor developed as it should have been. The story has a distinct historical feel, but we’re given neither the time nor t...
  • Daphne
    This book was very different than I expected. Not in a bad way, I did enjoy it, but I feel like the synopsis is a little misleading. Thea hardly feels like the main character at the end, and I feel like she could have been largely omitted from the story without it changing too much.What I liked about Dark Metropolis especially at the start, was the pacing. It was a quick read that didn't waste much time with subplots or overly drawn-out descripti...
  • Gwenda Bond
    Fabulous, inventive dark fantasy. (I enjoyed it so much I blurbed it.)
  • Pamela
    Rarely do I find myself so excited about a new YA novel nowadays. Call me jaded, call me nasty, call me whatever--just do be creative, please. I feel like 90% of the ARCs I receive or new YA books that I check out have fallen into a new-old familiar formula: girl thinks she is not special, but is in fact a) gorgeous, b) thin, and c) clueless. She must make up her mind between loving the sweet dude who's loved her forever and the Mr. Tall, Dark, a...
  • Nay Denise
    There isn't much for me to say because I just didn't click with the story whatsoever. However, the characters were all so phenomenal to me. I loved Thea and how trouble seemed to find her. She had to deal with a lot of struggles due to her parents situations and she handled them pretty well. Freddy was a sweet guy that was raised to believe lies of the people he trusted. Nan didn't seem strange, but learning about what she was blew my mind. Geric...
  • Tammy
    3 1/2 StarsThe nitty-gritty: An unsettling story full of subtle magic, dark deeds, and the living dead, beautifully written, but confusing in some parts.But how horrid to be glad, even for a moment, that her mother was gone, just so she had time to try on new hats. Mother’s words kept haunting her. I know he is alive! Suppose she was right all along. Suppose Father had lived through the battle, and the vision was a sign? If there was any chance...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. The book not being released yet, some things might be liable to change by the time it hits the shelves.]3.5 stars. I had my qualms with this novel, but overall it had just the right amount of tension and mystery going to keep me wanting to turn the pages. And, of course, it's got necromancy. I am always biased towards necromancy. Nothing can go wrong with necro—wait, what am I s...
  • Grace Troxel
    This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:http://bookswithoutanypictures.com/20...Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore is a young adult novel set in an alternate Germany in the 1920s/30s. In this world, magic exists, but is strictly controlled by the government. Thea’s mother has had a magical sickness ever since her father was lost in the war. To make ends meet, Thea works in the glamorous Telephone Club, where she r...
  • Michelle
    **See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**In a sea of similar books, Dark Metropolis felt different. In a great way. Part dystopian, part thriller, part magic, part zombie/vampire(?), Dark Metropolis really had it all. The world did have a glitzy 1930's esque feel like the summary said, but it also had a dark futuristic feel to it. I am not sure that I ever caught a date while reading, so I can't be quite sure when this book actua...
  • Bethabellie
    the book:a very enjoyable book. it was well paced with just enough twists and surprising connections to keep you wanting the next page. it has the right amount of glit and gore to please a fairly wide verity of people without being overly graphic. Dolamore's writing style was easy to ingest and follow, with an attention to detail that wasn't overly stuffy and only very occasionally left me wanting just s bit more.just a well rounded book.the char...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley.Dark Metropolis has a solid enough premise that makes you want to learn more about this strange world once you start reading, but the characters and plot lacked that special something to make them worth investing time and emotions in. While reading, all I felt was apathy toward Thea and Freddy and Nan (whose names I had to look up because I for...
  • Stephanie
    Dystopian YA novels. Had enough of them yet? I thought I did, until I got more and more into "Dark Metropolis". Yes, it's dystopian. More of an alt-history (I learned it takes place in an alternate Berlin!) However, this dystopia has a Gatsby-era feel to it, which intrigued me. Not only that, but there are magical elements as well, and revival of the dead. Dystopian, yes, but different. I enjoyed that the book wasn't told from the perspective of ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2.5 starsWell, Dark Metropolis was okay. My expectations were definitely too high, having enjoyed Dolamore’s Magic Under series. This is one of those times where I’m most definitely whelmed. I don’t really have any strong feelings about this book either way, and I’m probably going to completely forget it in no time. Dark Metropolis is a decent read with a cool concept, okay characters, and a meh execution.Read the full review at A Reader ...
  • Emeebee
    This was not the most eloquent book I've ever read nor was it the most profound. But it touched me. It had a plot that I found fascinating and loved, it had beautiful characters, a possible asexual character... I just found it an incredibly refreshing and honest book. If that makes any sense at all. I loved it. I bought it.It's like 1920s fantasy and magic meet dystopia. But not the gritty, dark dystopia I have come to be so frustrated with. Some...
  • Synthia Saulnier
    This book was a mystery at first but it had romance and action in it. This has been a amazing book Thea and Nan are like superheros.
  • usagi ☆ミ
    4.5/5 stars. One of my favorites of the year by a mile. Review to come!
  • Biena (The Library Mistress)
    Crossposted @ The Library MistressThis is one of those books I love and also hate so to celebrate my bipolar tendencies brought upon by Dark Metropolis, I will split this review into two: 'read-it-read-it-NOW' and 'you've-been-warned'.[GO AHEAD. read it read it now.]1. It is fresh and new. Maybe it's just me because I don't read much Young Adult titles but I find this book really fresh and new.2. Zombies. It has a new take on zombies. Maybe, th...