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Book Review: The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot

BOOK VITALS:
ISBN (eBook): 9781620079584
ISBN (Paperback): 9781620079591
ISBN (Hardcover): 9781620079607
ISBN (Smashwords): 9781620079614
Language: English
Imprint: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: August 17, 2015

About The Heartless City:
Henry Jekyll was a brilliant doctor, a passionate idealist who aimed to free mankind of selfishness and vice. He’s also the man who carelessly created a race of monsters.
Once shared secretly among the good doctor’s inner circle, the Hyde drug was smuggled into mass-production - but in pill form, it corrupted its users at the genetic level, leaving them liable to transform without warning. A quarter of the population are now clandestine killers - ticking bombs that could detonate at any given moment.
It’s 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years.
Son of the city’s most prominent physician and cure-seeker, seventeen-year-old Elliot Morrissey has had his own devastating brush with science, downing a potion meant to remove his human weaknesses and strengthen him against the Hydes - and finding instead he’s become an empath, leveled by the emotions of a dying city.
He finds an unlikely ally in Iris Faye, a waitress at one of the city’s rowdier music halls, whose emotions nearly blind him; her fearlessness is a beacon in a city rife with terror. Iris, however, is more than what she seems, and reveals a mission to bring down the establishment that has crippled the people of London.
Together, they aim to discover who’s really pulling the strings in Jekyll’s wake, and why citizens are waking up in the street infected, with no memory of ever having taken the Hyde drug…
Heart-eating monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.


About this author:

Andrea Berthot’s last name has a silent “t,” like the word “merlot” - which fits, since that is her favorite drink to have at the end of the day. Back when she was born in Salina, Kansas, her last name was Price, and she grew up loving singing, acting, reading, and of course writing. By day she teaches high school English, creative writing, forensics, and directs the yearly musical, and by night (or rather, by early morning, as her brain is more alive at 5am than 5pm) she writes Young Adult stories involving history, romance, magic, literature, and some good, old-fashioned butt-kicking. She lives in Winfield, Kansas with her husband and their two sons, Maximus and Leonardo.


My Review:
I wanted to read this book because of the cover and synopsis that emitted a dark mysterious intriguing feeling. The book doesn't let you down. I was intrigued by the developed strong characters that kept me reading. The relationships between the characters were well written. The romantic relationship between the two main characters started out on the dubious side but then became more realistic and enjoyable. I thought the plot was fast paced but not rushed. The mystery was lacking because one character knew a lot but didn't tell the other main character but you as the reader still kinda knew everything would be alright, so I wasn't biting my nails. However the atmosphere created was dark well crafted Victorian world with a wicked twisted that had me captivated. I would recommend to any one who likes paranormal YA. I would definitely buy for myself and for a few of my cousins. 

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