Welcome to my very first Calendar Girls post! I am very excited to start this year off with a brand new blog event which I am co-hosting with my friend Melanie! For those of you who have not heard of Calendar Girls (#CalendarGirlsBooks on Twitter) yet, Calendar Girls is a brand new monthly blog event inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, we decided to use a specific them for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, is meant to help bloggers meet other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across!
And now…without further ado, here is my choice for January’s theme…
Best Debut Novel of 2016!
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria! I really thought I’d read quite a few debut novels in 2016, but after looking through my “read” list, it turns out that I’d only actually read TWO. Woops. But even if I had read more debut novels, I would have likely chosen this book because I did really enjoy it. For those of you who have not yet encountered this book, here is the 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.
It was a very creative, and fairly diverse book, with some very imaginative elements. There were a few aspects of the book which I wanted more of, but I did keep in mind that this is the author’s debut novel, and that there is definitely room for improvement in future books. I am very curious as to what Soria will write next, and I will definitely be reading whatever it is!
For more of my thoughts on Iron Cast, you can read my full review here!
Note: We will be accepting posts throughout January! So don’t worry if you were unable to get your post in yesterday! New participants can also still join!
❤ Best Romance in YA ❤
Note: What we mean by this theme is the best YA romance of all time, in your opinion! This should be fun 😉
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