City of Halves by Lucy Inglis || Book Review

Yes, another confession… The book cover caught my attention (why am I such a sucker for them???) but, also in my defence, the title seemed interesting too!

I’m on the hunt for young adult books that fall under the usual tropes we find so very often and I believed this book would be different. Not really… It has a ‘chosen one‘ trope which is widely overused in this genre, but I still wanted to give the book a fair chance and not judge it by… well, everything.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2014
Read: January 2023

Source: Library
Format: Physical

Pages: 340

Plot from GoodReads:

London. Girls are disappearing. They’ve all got one thing in common; they just don’t know it yet… 

Sixteen-year-old Lily was meant to be next, but she’s saved by a stranger: a half-human boy with gold-flecked eyes. Regan is from an unseen world hidden within our own, where legendary creatures hide in plain sight. But now both worlds are under threat, and Lily and Regan must race to find the girls, and save their divided city.


The blurb stood out to me as well as the title and the cover of the book.

While the concepts in the book were promising, they didn’t live up to the potential nor created any impact.

The book could’ve benefited from a little more suspenseful build-up and the author could’ve left Regan’s secrets for a later stage of the book. With a lot of the information about him and his background shared so early on, there wasn’t really much to look forward to in terms of the mysterious stranger that is somehow linked to Lily.

It was pretty obvious that Lily would be a big player in the whole story with all the destiny talk, and that again took away from the build up in the plot towards the climax. I wasn’t really sure what to make of Lily. She seemed to be this genius teenager with an irresponsible parent. I mean, seriously, who would put their child in obvious danger? While the story revolved around Lily and Regan, her role as a strong female protagonist didn’t live up to the expectations.

The book started off a little slow, eventually picked up and the pace and then just rushed to the end. The ending was rushed and crammed, like the story just had to come to an end immediately. A little pace balance would’ve helped the story to have a better flow to it.

The only real interesting parts of the book were the half-breeds and the creatures hidden in place sight across the city.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.58 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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