Review: Iron Cast

Destiny Soria - Iron Cast
Published: October 11, 2016 by Amulet Books
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Rating: 4/5

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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Iron Cast is very Dead To Me meets a darker version of Burlesque (the movie with Christina Aguilera & Cher). It’s the year, 1919. The Proposition era. Boston. As they’re nearing the ‘20s, hemopaths are forced to remain a secret. They create illusions via their art, music and/or poetry. The HPA (The Hemopath Protection Agency) swarm the street in search of them. Lest they reveal the truth behind their ways, they’ll be forced unwillingly into mental institutions.

Corinne and Ada, who share the POV, are both hemopaths, meaning their abilities are inherited through bloodline. The story starts with Corinne posing as a nurse to help Ada escape from a nearby asylum, where she was placed against her will. They traverse to the Cast Iron, a club owned by an ominous man named Johnny, who has offered them safety and security over-the-years, so understandably, they feel welcome returning into his club. However, inside rivalries disrupt the peace.

My only problem, if anything, I genuinely didn’t care for the side-characters who died. Also: it’s slightly draggy. The book doesn’t get hype until 40%. Later, Ada and Corinne are kidnapped by a few unimportant baddies, and it took them too long to escape. There was a great moment where Ada slammed a chair into their assailant’s back, deterring him, giving them a perfect opportunity to
escape but they didn't take it. COME ON GIRLS.

Such, SUCH gorgeous writing, like impossibly-to-describe gorgeous. Destiny Soria made you feel like you were situated in the scene right with them, right back in the Prohibition era. In this mix, Ada and Corinne also pursue many clubs and bars and etc., and Ada and Corinne are super talented, a violinist and a wordsmith respectively. I mean, whoa.

“They have some fine music down there, though," Charlie said, a hint of wistfulness in his tone. "In August, even when the air is so thick and humid that the crickets are in a frenzy, you can still hear them songs for miles Nothing more beautiful than a night in Alabama."

He turned his head, and Ada felt his eyes on her profile.

"Well, almost nothing," he said.

(…)

He was using a stick to gently nudge a starfish into the oncoming tide. She’d thought for sure it was dead, but he assured her it wasn’t.

“Chin up, young man,” he’d said to the pale-yellow star, sounding so much like their father that she’d wanted to giggle. “You’ve got a second chance to get it right.”
I was wondering if this was a standalone or not? The ending hints at something. Either way, it's an enjoyable, whimsical, historical, topsy-turvy read, and it takes place in Boston! So, SO undeniably enjoyable.

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  1. I agree, I really liked this one too! I was wondering if it was a standalone, and someone had asked the author and I think she said that it is "for now", so maybe she has more up her sleeve? I hope so, the world and characters were awesome! Great review!

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    1. Yeah, I saw she said that on Twitter! Now, I'm like: Hmm. Should I or shouldn't I continue this if it becomes a series? She's seriously such a phenomenal writer tbh

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