Title: The Hypnotic City
Series: The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles
Series Number: #2
Author: Andrea Berthot
Genre: YA Steampunk/Urban Fantasy/Romance/Historical
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
Blurb From Goodreads:
Philomena Blackwell survived a city plagued with monsters, the gilded cage of high society, and the rule of a heartless man… and she aims to leave it all behind.
It’s 1905, and London has finally been freed from Henry Jekyll’s terrible legacy – its people cured, its thirteen-year quarantine lifted. The world is waiting, and for a girl who dreams of being its most dazzling star, what could be more enticing than the bright lights of New York City?
She is drawn across the ocean like a moth to a flame, her heart set on proving that while she may be small on the outside, her soaring talent eclipses even Manhattan’s towering skyline. When she lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell – just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager. But is it her stage presence mesmerizing the audience, or something more sinister behind the scenes?
Philomena has always relied on her fierce will and fiery heart, but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway’s bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull…
Both fans of The Heartless City and new readers alike will enjoy this stand-alone / spin-off tale of Philomena’s adventures on stage – and in love – in NYC.
I really enjoyed reading this! I felt like I was actually in 1905 New York and that part was really fun. At times it was hard to remember that Philomena isn’t an adult yet. With her living on her own and having a job, plus the budding relationship it was so easy to forget how young she is, just 16 (15 at the start of the book). She’s such a strong character though, and so easily likable. This story can be a stand-alone and everything is explained when something from book 1 is brought up but I would still suggest starting with the first book (it was good lol).
Andrea Berthot’s last name has a silent “t,” like the word “merlot” – which fits, since that is her favorite drink to have at the end of the day.
She grew up loving singing, acting, reading, and of course writing. By day she teaches high school English, creative writing, and drama, and by night (or rather, by early morning, as her brain is more alive at 5am than 5pm) she writes Young Adult stories involving history, romance, and magic.
She lives in Winfield, Kansas with her husband and their two sons, Maximus and Leonardo.