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Previously Read: City of Halves

Post read thoughts: Despite my hesitation and the thoughts I had about the title, I found the story to be well refined. I was reading an Advanced, uncorrected copy, but the text was not laden with errors.

I really like the cover. The design is sleek and simple.

The characters, while they were cliche YA characters (Some of them at least), still felt memorable and I sympathized for them. The supportive caste of characters held the most intrigue for me, but seeing as we got little of the lore/canon as to what exactly the supernatural is, I felt they were done a disservice. I wish we got more explaining what exactly binds all of these seemingly separate supernatural elements. It’s not exactly a free-for-all mythology/folklore wise, but it’s close. I want to know what dictates which folklore characters appear.

I also found the ending to be a little unbelievable. Due to spoilers, I won’t comment, but it just seems like the deaths, and undeaths were so forced that even in this quasi-make-believe world, it was harsh.

Despite all of that, it was still a solid read and looks like it could be the promising start to a YA series.

4/5 stars


Pre-read: As of November 10th, 2015, I am reading Lucy Inglis’s Urban YA fantasy novel titled: City of Halves. First thoughts right off the bat are this. Yes, it’s not the same as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, but by the same token, you are writing a YA urban fantasy. Either you don’t research your title, which I find hard to believe as it is indicative of a lazy writer, which I wouldn’t judge her to be without reading, or you chose your title knowing that you would take flack. [I still Google my prospective titles at least once a week to judge any other works with similar titles.] Imagine if I was writing an Urban Fantasy novel and I titled it American Deities or if I was writing a fantasy series and I titled it Lord of the Pendants. Yes neither of these are necessarily wrong, but it’s pretty easy to see that I would be trying to soak up either people ignorant of the actual title, or people trying to extend these series with cleverly worded look-a-likes. I don’t usually write this much into a review before reading, but I felt it necessary in this instance.


I received this book for free through Goodreads Firstreads.


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