Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this one but I was quite surprised how much I did like it. The first half was only okay but I really liked the second half a lot.
To me this was first and foremost a dystopian. People keep pointing out the steampunk and gothic (which I really didn’t get) and to me it was light on the steampunk elements but it added a bit of a different feel to the story which was kind of nice.
I didn’t love Araby. I didn’t dislike her but I didn’t feel a real connection to her either. And so much of the story felt that way as well. Like I wasn’t real connected to what was happening and quite often felt like things moved a bit abruptly. But in the last half or so I started to get in the groove of things or something. I wasn’t able to look away and I loved the way the story went. I found I was really loving what was happening. I mean yes, its horrific and scary but I was enthralled. The last quarter would be 5 stars for me just for the story but because of the issues I had before that I’m giving this one 3.5 stars. Its hard though cause I feel so happy with the book, I just have to remind myself of the struggles I had before that point.