Goodreads Synopsis: In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat. When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.
I picked up this book last month because I really liked the cover and because it’s set in right before the ’20s, which I think is interesting. I’m a big fan of historical fiction overall.
Iron Cast was a fast read for me, once I actually made time for it. I actually started it and set it down for a couple of days, then picked it up again and finished it in a day. What I really liked about this book was the world, I’m a really big fan the magic of illusion in stories and this book did not disappoint. I did end up getting a little confused on how some people are born with the magic and others aren’t, but it didn’t take away from the reading.
Ada and Corinne were both great characters. I liked Ada’s devotion to her mother and how hard she worked to take care of her. I also really liked Corinne’s spunk and general attitude, I found her very amusing.
Overall the plot was mediocre, while I couldn’t always guess what was happening (which was good) I also felt like some of the story was too easy for the characters. Thus I wasn’t as invested as I could have been. The other parts I disliked were the characters of the love interests. Both men were mediocre at best, and Corinne’s love interest Gabriel was the type of character I hate the most. He was the stereotypical grumpy, rude, pushy and non-communicative YA hero that makes me so mad because often these men are abusive. Gabriel wasn’t abusive, but he could have been and I’m just tired of reading about men like this. I also I disliked the romance purely from the fact that it was badly written. The two characters barely see each other, and yet somehow they liked each other? *SPOILER* I was very happy when Corinne decided not to get together with him in the end. *END SPOILER*
This was an interesting read, there was definitely a lot of cool things. The magic, the friendship between the girls, the diversity of Ada. But there were some other things I didn’t like, the overall plot, some characters and the love subplots. So in the end I gave the book 3 stars.