Unique and intriguing... Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (Blog Tour Review)

This is such a unique setting and story like nothing else I've read. Read my full review below...

Iron Cast
Iron Cast
by Destiny Soria
YA Historical Urban Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 11th 2016 by Amulet Books


It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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My Review

IRON CAST was a unique story set in historical Boston about two hemopaths who can conjure up emotions and illusions that feel and appear real to those without these powers, called regs. There were sweet moments between family and friends along with some romance, mixed with suspense and terror. Readers who like stories with a darker edge and thrillers will enjoy this one.

I loved Ada and Gideon and Charlie in this story. Corinne was harder to love because she felt all bluff at times or overconfident and insensitive. It was interesting seeing how her and Ada worked together and how well they complimented each other. There were also characters that were interesting. I did feel a little lost in picture some of the characters initially as I didn't feel they were clearly described, but eventually as the story continued on, I figured out what they would look like. You wouldn't think it would be necessary to know that per say, but certain comments have different meaning depending on what the characters look like and their background.

The setting and plot was very interesting and different from anything I've read. The Iron Cast was a club that was almost its own character in this story, which was also a unique plot point. There was a lot going on and this definitely felt more like a thriller or horror story more than anything. It was very dark, but Ada's and Corinne's friendships definitely helped balance some of that.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I have to say that the writing was overall well done and the story was unique. I really liked some of the characters as well. It's not necessarily my type of story for the more gory, horrific parts, but otherwise I enjoyed it.

Content: Some mild swearing and innuendo (including references to gay relationships), torture, and a lot of violence.

Source: Received a complimentary eARC from the publisher through NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Destiny Soria writes Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel, IRON CAST, will be published by Abrams/Amulet in Fall 2016.

Destiny lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.

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