iron cast by destiny soria

Book: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Format: egalley
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction


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.


My rating: 3.5 stars

 A slow start rises to an explosive ending.

This book explores so much–friendship, family dynamics, rich versus poor, racism, what home really means. It’s also got adventure and cool criminals.

I found it really hard to get into this novel. The first few pages were a cool, exciting scheme. Then I felt the pacing fizzled a bit. It took me until about 30% of the way into the book before I found the big problem that spurred that plot. It took another few pages until I felt the spur of “I need to keep reading!”. This made me so sad. I really wanted to love it. It took nearly half way into the book before I really got into it. I loved the second half. Because of this slow start, I couldn’t give it more than a 3.5.

Once it got going, I really enjoyed the historical setting and the weird powers that the hemopaths have. The world Soria has created is so interesting. It’s a super fun blend of historical fiction, mystery and magic. That’s right – MAGIC. What’s better than historical fiction? Historical fiction with magic.

An intense celebration of female friendship and chosen family.

Iron Cast is filled with a fabulous BFF dynamic. Corinne and Ada have fabulous banter with the inevitable mixture of arguments and care. I love their tenacity and the dynamics of their friendship. They are best friends, roommates, partners, and two girls from completely different worlds and experiences who’ve found someone who accepts them completely for them.

There is also a perfect amount of romance in this story. Soria really gets how a relationship can distract you from the bad and give you a few moments of peace and joy. Despite all the crap that happens to these characters (the synopsis) gives you an idea of what they go through.

The ending was satisfying. I thought I knew what was coming. I thought, “Oh, I know–they’re gonna do this.” And then, “Oh, maybe not.” Then, “Yes! I was right!” But then, “Oh wait, nope.” In the end, I was right. But it didn’t happen quite the way I was expecting.

It was better.

What do you think?
Doesn’t magic in 1919 Boston with best friend schemers sound like fun?

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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