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 glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city’s secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.
Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they’re not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.
I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from this book but it definitely wasn’t it. This time, however, it was an unexpected surprise in a really good way. I didn’t see the plot going in that direction from the blurb but I think it was a good choice – zombies done in a way that didn’t make me want to put the book down and never think of it again. Zombies done in a truly excellent way actually. And the magic, especially Freddy’s magic, was really interesting – the cost of it was gradually brought up in a way I really liked. The world building was done really well, introducing enough each time so you weren’t lost, but not so much that it was a giant info dump.
For once, I really liked how they did the romance in this book. Freddy and Thea spent time together, enjoyed spending time together and supported each other as the main plot was going on – that is all I want from a romance. I could see why they were a couple, it was natural progression throughout the book. I do wish other relationships had gotten the same development – some more interaction between Nan and Thea would have been nice and Sigi seemed to come out of nowhere. There was nothing about her and then all of a sudden, every time Thea tracked down a clue, Sigi’s name came up.
There were a few things I wasn’t a fan of, the revolution itself seemed a little off plot. Like the main plot was happening and the revolution was a little sub-plot even though it was part of the main plot. Thea also seemed to go from not wanting to be part of the revolution at all to wanting nothing else a little too quickly for my taste.
Overall, I really liked this book. The ending was excellent, resolving the story but leaving just enough unresolved for a sequel. Four stars, definitely would recommend it.