Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (June 17, 2014)
Description: People are disappearing. Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder hears the rumors, but she can barely make ends meet, let alone worry about strangers who've gone missing. Her mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. Thea must make a living for both of them in this 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 as he hides secrets of his own.
Together, they discover a new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if Thea and Freddy aren't careful, the masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.
Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.
My Thoughts: In this fantasy world, a war has been fought. Thea's father was one of the soldiers lost in the war but her mother is certain that he is still alive. Thea's mother and father were bound using an old magic when they married. Now, the government is trying to suppress the old magic and Thea's mother is going crazy.
Thea has left school to work and support her mother. She is working at the Telephone Club where people come to eat and drink. She meets Freddy and his uncle Gerik. They flirt but Freddy or, rather his uncle Gerik, has ulterior motives. Freddy is able through his magic to reanimate the dead. He believes that all those he reanimates were victims of suicide and that they would be receiving the medical attention they need to get well.
When one of Thea's friends disappears and Freddy reanimates her, things start changing for both Freddy and Thea. They learn the secrets that Freddy's uncles have been keeping from him and from all the rest of society too. Thea's friend Nan has secrets of her own too. The young people come under the influence of the revolutionaries who want to bring down the current government. The revolutionaries have a variety of conflicting aims though.
The characters were engaging and the story was fast-paced. I liked the relationship between Freddy and Thea.
"I know he is alive!" Mother said, too loudly.I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
"Well, where is he, then? What can I do about it?"
"Nothing." Thea's mother took her hand and squeezed it. "Just know it. Remember it."