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ARC Review: Shadow City by Francesca Flores

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I went into this with mixed feelings, as I had a lot of issues with Diamond City. And… a lot of those issues remain. Some minor characters get shoved into relationships with some of Aina’s …. suitors? friends? and so she doesn’t spend the whole book in love with four people but… I don’t know. She doesn’t have to make any real choices.

The entire city is destroyed basically. There was a ridiculous amount of bombings and killings. Like. I know she’s an assassin but it gets ridiculous. There’s also a bit of a cop-out at the end which annoyed me and lessened the impact of Aina’s choices.

Aina also spends a lot of the book alone as her group of friends sort of splinters to focus on different things. so it’s mostly just her and Kohl – and at least she sorts out how she feels about him.

Mostly there’s no depth to anything. There’s running and exploding and blood and more blood and killing and blood and poisons and antidotes and fire and blood and that’s…. it, really.

Overall it was meh and I probably wouldn’t have continued (or even started really) if I didn’t have an arc to review.

Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday books for providing an e-arc to review.