The Heartless City

The Heartless City


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The Heartless City 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KaylsKrazyObsession More than 1 year ago
Characters: The characters were very three-dimensional. I might have guessed someone’s secret that gets revealed later on in the book as soon as he was introduced. It was either some great foreshadowing by Berthot, or I am a fantastic guesser lol. The characters were real and had personality. And they were very likeable or hateable if that was the situation. Elliot was pretty awesome. I connected with him throughout the novel. With Berthot’s description of how he was feeling, I think I began to understand what he was going through. I understood the pain he felt when he was near someone else. Iris was great for Elliot. She was genuine at heart and understood what she needed to do in the world. Cam was actually my favorite character. I found him very funny, and I think he would be a great person to know. Plot: The Heartless City had a fast-paced plot that was actually kind of sad. I felt so bad for the people of London and what they had to go through. Imagine how scary it would be if you were under a quarantine and were always frightened for your life. Berthot did an amazing job of describing what it was like. The only thing that I wished was discussed more would be the Hydes. I wish we could see them in action more so we, as the readers, could understand the fear that surrounded them. Ending: I had no clue how this was going to end. There would be parts where I would gasp in shock or cheer. It was very back in forth in the ending, and I was just like who is going to win? The ending was absolutely great. I don’t want to give anything away, so just read the book yourself. Overall: I did not want to put The Heartless City down. It seriously took me two days to read. Andrea Berthot is a fantastic writer that understands how to captivate her readers. She used some advanced vocabulary that actually helped me prepare for the SAT lol. This book was fantastic! Everyone needs to read The Heartless City! I loved it! It was a fantastic read and extremely well written.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
This book is a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it goes past the original plot. It explores what could have happened if that drug was distributed among the citizens of London. The plot was original and extremely captivating. The characters were all distinct and wonderfully characterized. While some characters had special abilities, there were scientific explanations given that made sense in the context of the story. There are two wonderful romances, a power-hungry dictator, a mad scientist, and adventure in this book. It is definitely a dark story but it isn’t creepy. Rather than having the story be filled with gore, the author instead chooses to examine what exactly can make a human monstrous and the lengths individuals will go to save those they love. I highly recommend this book and this series.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Doctor Jekyll’s experiment had gone bad, but that is nothing compared to abominations that where created by the power hungry men, in society, that have gotten hold of Jekyll’s formula. London lies in ruin with Great Britain’s monarchy leaving the city in control of the Governor. The only hope comes in a scarred young scientist that flees to America as London falls. This scientist, Jekyll’s prodouche, just happens to a woman, who must make the dangerous trek with her young daughter, Iris Faye, into a city littered with monsters in disguise. Some 13 years after the quarantine, the son of the lead physician and “cure seeker”, Elliot finds himself irrevocably drawn to Iris, a waitress at a local eatery. This chance meeting and continuing interactions seals their fate to either doom London or find its cure. The heart-eating monsters, of the twisted Jekyll potion, have nothing on the political machinations that abound with power hungry evil perpetrated, for years, unchecked on the citizen left behind in London. The Heartless City takes place in the early 1900’s but has the feel of a modern day urban fantasy. Berthot masterfully writes a science fiction fantasy with a small steampunk flare that captivates and charms us right into her storytelling. Original twist on the Jekyll tale, I recommend The Heartless City to any avid fiction reader. I received this copy of The Heartless City from Andrea Berthot in exchange for a honest review.
Sara_Strand More than 1 year ago
This book could have gone really terrible as a retelling of a classic, but Andrea Berthot hits it out of the park! The characters are so well developed, the story line is completely engaging from the first page, there aren't any holes in the story, and I could not put it down. I am so excited for the rest of the series!
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story, the twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde was really interesting. This story had everything from romance to power hungry politicians, and even a little M/M secret love affair and abusive fathers. But no worries, there was definitely a HEA. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
Henry Jekyll’s aim was to create a drug in order to free the human’s from selfishness and vice, instead he created a pill that turned people into monsters without warning, monster’s that target the human’s heart and caused London to fall under a quarantine when the drug hit the streets and infected half its population. The Characters I actually found the characters in this story quiet good. I thought the development was well done. Did I wish for more? Yes, maybe a little more, but overall I wasn’t really disappointed. Each filled with secrets, but nothing that shocked me once they were finally revealed. Elliot Morrissey is a 17 year old boy who lives in The Palace where his father, a physician works on trying to figure out the clue for the drug. Each morning Elliot must go out and find a dead body for his father to experiment on. Trying to remove his empathy, Elliot created a potion that only intensified that, now Elliot can literally feel other people’s emotions as if they are his own. When he meets Iris, a young waitress, the emotions that pour out of her nearly blind him. A burning so strong, it nearly rivals his own. There is an instant attraction between Elliot and Iris on a lot of layers from physical to emotional. Iris is a young waitress who’s mother hold’s a big secret from her. She doesn’t know who her father is, but she is aware that she is different from the normal humankind. A secret that if got out, the Lord Mayor (rules of the current London) would love to get his hands on. The secondary characters received just as much development I believe and left me quite surprised at how much they have contributed to the story and made it a bit better for me. Cam is a tortured soul that also has his own share of secrets. It didn’t take a while to figure out and I applaud the author for including a variety of characters into her story, none are the same and the difference brings them together. Regardless. I loved the direction she went with Cam. I found myself really hurting for the fact that due to the day and age, he could not be true to himself and was considered – not normal. My favorite had to be Philomena. A young girl who has come of age that was being pushed to marry Cam. She is a hot head who is tired of living behind the secure walls of The Palaces and wishes for something more out of her life. The Plot This is where things got a bit tricky. I liked the premise, I loved the set up. A sort of different take on Hyde. The dark setting of London made it creepy and engrossing but I found it…lacking. I thought the book was going to be more and I wished it was more. Maybe even a series? Instead, it seems like a Stand-alone due to it’s wrapped up ending. I found myself mostly reading about the characters and their secured life behind The Palace walls. While people were being killed outside, Cam, Elliot and Iris were planning for a coming out ball. The true monster was the Lord Mayor and the author did not disappoint me with that. I guess I was just kind of hoping for more of the outside world? The ending was better as everything came crashing down around the group, shocking secret’s spilled, making the ending a lot more entertaining. But unfortunately I only got more of the Hyde from the ending than most of the book. Thought it didn’t feel rushed, I wished for more. I craved for the dark side of London, which was the reason I picked up this book. I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.