Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: June 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ .5
Plot: Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
ADSOM and AGOS are two of my favourite books from this year.
I absolutely adore them, and while I now have the need to devour everything that V.E. Schwab writes, I am constantly aware of the fact that I may, by accident, compare any of her other works to the Shades of Magic series.
I really loved the idea that this story had; monsters among men, inhabiting the same space, despite the true natures of humans and monsters alike, how their motives can be intersected. Who is the monster? Are we not all?
I loved August and Kate so frickin’ much; both so different in their own way. You have August Flynn, violin playing monster and all encompassing puppy/cinnamon roll. He doesn’t like what he is, he can’t accept it, he just wants to fit in.
Kate Harker has something to prove. Burning down chapels and slaying monsters just so she’ll be noticed by her big boss father, who runs one side of the city, protecting the humans from what lies in the dark. She’s ruthless and fearless, yet traumatized by the violence of her past, she’s trying to fight for what’s rightly hers.
Both Kate and August complimented each other, with no explicit romance (THANKYOU) but such a strong friendship that should be portrayed more in YA. Boys and girls can have strong relationships without romantic or sexual implications.
The only thing that really bothered me was parts of the plot; some came across unoriginal and the stuff in urban fantasy that you’ve obviously read before. It’s a shame, and I think it’s because of how original and incredible ADSOM is, it’s set me up to be disappointed more. But I’ll definitely keep going on with this series, I’ll most likely follow everything V.E Schwab writes because I get like that.