- Page Count: 368
- Release Date: April 5, 2016
- My Rating: 1.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?
So this was definitely a creative take on “A Tale of Two Cities” and had a lot of potential, but really fell short. It took serious effort to finish this, but I’m glad I did because the ending saved it from getting 1 star. If the rest of the book could have been like the last 5%, this would be an entirely different review.
Anyways, The first 70% was pretty rough and the characters were mostly empty shells with names that I just couldn’t bring myself to care about. The story jumps right into the action and halfway explains things as it goes, but still manages to avoid any substantial plot. The dialogue was painfully juvenile at times and the characters couldn’t seem to find a personality and stick with it. Everything was a cliche – light/dark, people born into labels that divide a city, love triangle, The Heroine With A Cute Title, etc. I definitely didn’t want to read more, but maybe more pages might have helped with the world building and actual connection to the story? But either way, some parts were just weird… like how the light magicians’ blood gets toxic from magic and the dark magicians need to drink their blood. If you haven’t read “A Tale of Two Cities,” I really would’t recommend this book. The only thing going for it is the creative twists on a familiar story.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!