Title: Of Metal and Wishes
Author: Sarah Fine
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Of Metal and Wishes, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A deliciously creepy, gory retelling of The Phantom of the Opera with a modern twist, I loved Of Metal and Wishes--a beautiful book. Highly recommended!
This book was given to me through a giveaway on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
There are whispers that a ghost haunts the slaughterhouse that Wen and her father work in. Wen doesn't believe in ghosts, spirits, or the Devil. But when a Noor working at the factory humiliates her, she rashly asks for the ghost to prove its existence to her, at a terrible price. When she starts to fall for one of the Noor, she realizes that the ghost is willing to protect her against all threats, whether they are real or imagined. Talk of unrest fills the slaughterhouse, and Wen may just go down in flames with it if she isn't careful with her heart..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the creepy, eerie prose that I'm starting to discover is Fine's signature--it drew me in immediately and I couldn't put it down
-The pacing of this novel was absolutely breakneck--with breathtaking romance, horror movie gore, secrets, and a dash of the supernatural, I didn't want to put it down
-Wen, the young woman who catches the eye of the Ghost, Melik, and almost every other man in the factory--I really enjoyed her as a character, as she was empathetic and warm, and I cheered for her the entire time
-Melik, the young Noor man who falls hard for Wen, hiding a warrior's strength and courage under a quiet facade--I really liked him as well, because I could really relate to him, and I liked the "forbidden" angle of his and Wen's relationship
-The Ghost, a man who is brilliant and beautiful and who grants wishes in mysterious and very violent ways, and falls for Wen also
-The love triangle between Wen, Melik, and the Ghost--it wasn't too overwhelming to the other elements of the story
-I loved the way this retelling did justice to the original story--I honestly can't wait for the sequel!
-The gory scenes intermingled with moments of tenderness--it was just enough freakishness to give me shivers, and counterbalance the romance of the story
-The tension between the Noor and the Itanyai
-I loved the ending--it was perfect, and as I said, I'll be getting my hands on the sequel as soon as I possibly can
What could've been better:
-I didn't really like any of Wen's people, save Jima
-Mugo, Iyzu, Lati, and the other factory workers
Overall, I loved Of Metal and Wishes--it is a book that I will treasure forever! Next on deck: Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard!