Last month Kara and Lyn started reading Iron Cast by Destiny Soria, and I (Maryam) decided to join in to get me out of my horrrrrible reading slump. We had some delays AGAIN HAHAHA, but we finally made it!
(Also, please remember that discussions sometimes lead to spoilers. While we try very hard to stay away from them, it still happens from time to time. If you haven’t read this book, be aware of potential spoilers during the discussion posts. You can’t say we didn’t warn you!)
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—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, she realizes 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. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.
Maryam: HELLOOOO FRIENDS. Er, today we’re gonna talk about Iron Cast by Destiny Soria 😀 This was the book that actually helped me to get out of my reading slump, BECAUSE OMG I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE DAY. Anyway, how’d yall like the book?
Kara: I’m so glad it helped you get out of a reading slump. It was a super fun book, and I think those are the best kinds of books to get you out of a slump. I can see how this would be one of those. It’s got a unique setting, great female friendship, and I really liked the writing. Lyn?
Lyn: I feel horrible, because here I am, the black sheep. I didn’t even finish the book. The writing was beautiful, and this author is one to watch. I loved the ideas in the book….but I never liked the main characters. In fact, I never liked anyone. It was just bickering and I never felt like the story got off the ground. Maybe it is my frame of mind right now, or my mood, but the book just seemed to be pointless in the constant drama with no relief in sight.
Kara: I don’t think you are the only one that felt that way. There were some mixed reviews on Goodreads. Some books just speak to us and others don’t. This one happened to work for me because I was really in the mood for a world to get lost in. I think I may have been in a reading slump too, and it got me out of it because it was the perfect escape.
Maryam: I like this book, BUT I didn’t LOVE it. I liked it mainly because of Corinne. She was sarcastic, freaking fantastic and I love her point of view. She always had something sassy to say. To be honest, plot-wise, I was a little bit confused. Like, there were some parts when it was like BAM BAM BOOM and suddenly things happen. HAHAH I don’t know if I’m the only one who felt that way but yeah.
Lyn: I think that was also some of my problem. The story line felt really forced and muddy at times. I had to go back and reread some passages. The voices of the characters were also really hard to keep apart as well. I think the word I kept thinking was rushed, everything was really rushed and transparent in some parts, but confusing for no reason in other parts.
Kara: I can tell you that I didn’t love the ending. I was hoping for something more concrete, and it was never really clear how things were going to end up or what was going to happen to Corrine and Ada. I’ve been reading a ton of books lately that don’t give me an ending that I want, and maybe it’s because the author plans to write more in this universe, I don’t know, but I wanted more.
And I hear you on the slow parts in the plot. The pacing definitely had its ups and downs, but I think I was willing to let it go because of how much I enjoyed the characters. I really was into the scenes in Haversham also. Creeped me out quite a bit. The villains in this book were smarmy, and I love smarmy villains. On, and also, it was really obvious to me who the bad guys were. Lyn, how much did you read?
Maryam: WAIT WHAT, I WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY THE VILLAINS.
Lyn: I read to the party scene, and then I stopped.
Maryam: The engagement party? Or the wedding party? HAHAHAHA.
Lyn: I take it I missed a LOT. Ada when dancing with her boyfriend, Charlie.
Kara: Okay, that was pretty much right before the plot got going into the mental institution stuff. I just wanted to know where you stopped, ha!
Maryam: YEAH that was seconds before shit went down and I was like OMGOMGOMG View Spoiler », and then there was the Johnny part (WHICH I DIDN’T KNOW, I trusted him. I TRUSTED HIM.) And then, there was the part about well, Ada and Corinne AND THE GABRIEL BETRAYING THEM PART and then omg « Hide Spoiler. Yall, we need spoiler tags.
Kara: I will put spoiler tags, but you reminded me of something. View Spoiler »I DIDN’T see the Gabriel stuff coming. That was a shock to me and it seriously pissed me off. I mean, it makes sense that he would take care of his family first, but yeah. Shocking. « Hide SpoilerI like it when authors make the love interests interesting like that though. I like multiple layers. Mindy McGinnis likes to kill hers off and I love that, so…
Maryam: Mindy McGinnis was the author of that psychotic book right? A MADNESS SO DISCREET. I loooove that book. View Spoiler »BUT YEAH, the Gabriel part shocked me. Like, it legit stumped me such that I actually was in denial. I was like nono, maybe he locked them in there to protect them. Ah, my naive self. « Hide Spoiler
Kara: Okay, so what are we rating this since I think we are done? I’m giving it a 3.5 stars.
Maryam: FOUR STARS. I’m always very generous unless I really hated a book heheheh.
Kara: And that’s why we brought you on to the blog. Different perspective! You are not a jaded asshole yet like I am. 😛
Lyn: DNF 🙁
Maryam: It’s okay, Lyn! You pretty much know the main parts already thanks to us HAHAHA. So, we’re cool then? 😀 And 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. THE END.