Thursday, 27 October 2016

Iron Cast [Book Review]

Hello there!

Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published Date: 11th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review copy*


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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: Iron Cast was a novel I was really looking forward to reading as I had heard a lot about it around the book community on both blogs and Instagram alike. I really liked the premise, and I was also looking forward to having some black culture included in the novel too. It’s not every day that both of the main characters in a novel are coloured!

Personally, it took me a little while to warm up to this novel, but once I did I was head over heels in love with it. The two main characters are Ada and Corinne, who are both really tight friends and both have quite the sarcastic attitude to match it. I loved them both. At the beginning I was always confused because I felt like they were pretty similar. Ada and Corinne both seemed to act the same to me and it was hard to see them as individuals… but eventually as I read along I got a better understanding of them both and they became more unique. I learned that Corinne was more the headstrong and confident one, while Ada was more quiet and sensible. Once you see the distinction, the lines won’t blur anymore.

I also really loved the idea of hemopathy in general. Hemopathy means you have certain skills which act a bit like unique powers, except metals like steel and iron are your kryptonite. Also, hemopaths are seen as dangerous and get locked away or abused by the other members of society. Immediately you can see that this novel is going to dive into the theme of social classes, and discrimination. Maybe it wasn’t segregation because of skin colour, or gender, but because of ‘race’ in a way. And this novel managed to cover the theme well. Shouldn’t we be accepting of these minor differences and if the hemopaths are going to be law abiding, then why shouldn’t they live like anyone else? Labeling people as criminal only makes them more likely to enact criminal behaviour.


Of course, these girls did have other issues as well. They’re not only hemopaths, but they’re also female and coloured. I was surprised by how little the author delved into those latter two topics and themes, but Soria had enough going on in this novel that I think the addition of those would have become overwhelming anyway.

Ada’s hemopathic ability is being able to play music and make others feel emotions. Corinne’s is being able to recite poetry and use those words to cause illusions. Coupled together, these two are quite powerful. But what I liked most about their abilities was hoe it showed an appreciation for the arts. More books with art appreciation is always good to me :D


I also think that the secondary characters were developed pretty well. In the second half of the book you really get a feel for those other characters and a dive into their backstory as well. I loved Maddie, Ada’s mother, Charlie and Gabriel especially. I think what struck me most about these other secondary characters were that they were not puppets. They had their own issues, their own choices to make which impacted the story and their own lives. We see how they entwine, but also why they do what they do too.

I felt like there were a lot of betrayals and plot twists that I didn’t see coming at all. It made the second half of the book amazingly good. It was action packed, and it seemed not to end so all I could do was helplessly turn page after page until I had read everything! It was so good in terms of plot line.

I’m not going to say much about this, but the theme of family and what that means and entails was handled spectacularly as well. I loved it.


One little thing I didn’t understand was why the movie was called Iron Cast. The place where this novel is set and centers around is called Cast Iron. I know Iron Cast sounds better, but then just call the café in the book that as well!

In conclusion, I loved it. I didn’t expect to love it quite this much. I’ll definitely be reading whatever this author writes next.

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: Do you think your family understands more about you than you believe them to?


Olivia-Savannah x

20 comments:

  1. I think I might have to add this book to my TBR list. It sounds SO good. Great review!

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    1. Stephanie, you definitely should! You'd head over heels adore it :3

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  2. Such a lovely post! Happy weekend. :)


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  3. I feel like I've seen this one everywhere online too! Glad you enjoyed it, sounds like an interesting read!

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    1. It's like a friend who refuses to leave your side :3 That's how much I've seen it around!

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  4. I really like this cover. I don't think I have seen this one before- but it does sound interesting. Glad to hear you liked it. I think my mom senses things about me that I don't realize. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. The cover is one of the things that first caught my eye about the book as well. My mum definitely does as well. It's a mum-power kind of thing I guess ^^

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  5. You got me really interested in this book. I love how the powers these girls have set them aside, so they have to find their way in this world (don't we all?) and I'm sure they're both lovely characters. Plus, you're right...it's so cool that their powers are about art.

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    1. The hemopathy power just worked so well in this novel and it was creative. Plus, art appreciation on top of that. Who can't love that? :D

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  6. It gives me a steampunk vibe, also some ingenuity.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Olivia!

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    1. Even though this one isn't actually a steampunk, it sorta has that vibe to it with the whole iron thing going on ;)

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  7. I agree with you SO much about this, on basically ALL the things! Like you, I did have trouble with Corinne and Ada and telling them apart- but only in the very beginning. And it took me a little time to warm up in general too. But after that, it was REALLY well done I thought. I totally agree on the hemopathy, and the use of it to illustrate hate and discrimination, I think it was handled really well. So glad you enjoyed this too, lovely review!

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    1. I'm so glad our opinions are so in line, and that I'm not the only one who thinks so about these things. Yes, it took a while to warm up and then it went on to be so brilliant! Glad you could enjoy the book <3

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  8. The best thing about this book, for me, is the strong friendship and historical aspects. I really enjoyed it and I'm going to add this to my cousin's Christmas list. She's getting into YA fantsy and science fiction, and this would be a perfect start.

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    1. Yes, the friendship was unbreakable and we see how important it is to both of them. I hope your cousin will be able to enjoy it -- this sounds perfect for her genre interests!

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  9. This is on my TBR and I've seen it around a lot. I guess it's a hint I should read it soon. :)

    Great review!

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  10. I've been seeing a lot of love for this book. I think I need to just get it and add it to my TBR. Great review, you brought up some interesting points.

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    1. You should really read it if you get the chance to! Thanks Karen :)

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