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Sixteen year old Avery Kohl has been working as a welder in an ironworks factory ever since her mother was locked in the Tombs asylum and she and her father had to flee their respectable middle class life The skills Avery has developed in creating perfect metal connections are only appropriate, as she discovers that she has powers that let her see the connections between lives, and help heal other people s auras But in New York City in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, such powers are d Sixteen year old Avery Kohl has been working as a welder in an ironworks factory ever since her mother was locked in the Tombs asylum and she and her father had to flee their respectable middle class life The skills Avery has developed in creating perfect metal connections are only appropriate, as she discovers that she has powers that let her see the connections between lives, and help heal other people s auras But in New York City in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, such powers are dangerous, and there are plenty of greedy men who want to use Avery s powers for their own gain just as they have been using her mother s When Avery s burgeoning powers attract attention from the mysterious men in crow masks who drag people off to the Tombs, she has to go into hiding with her mother s Romany friends She hatches a desperate plan to free her mother only to find that the greedy industrialists are getting ready to unleash an awful plan on New York City, one that threatens the lives of every worker in every plant and factory And Avery and her friends may be the only ones who can stop it Filled with intrigue, adventure, romance, and all the cool steampunk flourishes a reader could ask for, Schaumberg s debut melds history and fantasy to create an absorbing world just beyond the known.I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Actual Rating 3.5 Stars Same Review Also Posted On My Blog Dreamy AddictionsI have mixed feelings about this book I really enjoyed it but I didn t love it The concept of this book was amazing and the world building was a total perfection, but sadly I couldn t connect with the characters and the pacing seemed slow to me and it literally dragged in the middle I m really not fan of slow reads but if you can handle them then you might enjoy itthan I did I liked the characters, but the ro Actual Rating 3.5 Stars Same Review Also Posted On My Blog Dreamy AddictionsI have mixed feelings about this book I really enjoyed it but I didn t love it The concept of this book was amazing and the world building was a total perfection, but sadly I couldn t connect with the characters and the pacing seemed slow to me and it literally dragged in the middle I m really not fan of slow reads but if you can handle them then you might enjoy itthan I did I liked the characters, but the romance was totally meh I love triangles in my YA but this one was awful Don t worry, you can still enjoy this book because it wasn t the central focus of the story Anyways, For a debut, it was a good start and I hope the next book is muchimproved and better.The story is set in the 18th Century New York, Brooklyn where dangerous gangs roamed around the city and young kids worked in the iron work factory to survive In this dark forbidden city, Sixteen Year old Avery Kohl lives with her inventor father She used to live a normal easy life dreaming about going to a collage and marrying a wealthy husband but all of her dreams were collapsed when her mother was taken by the mysterious crow masks who works at the Tombs Asylum, a place for deranged people like her mother who could see something others couldn t Now she s living at Slums and working hard to get back to her old life When the same symptoms begins to show on Avery, she fears that she ll face the same fate as her mother So, she hides from the Crow Masks and struggles to spend her days by working at the Ironworks Factory, hearing the adventurous tales of her best friend Khan who s an ex slave, and caring for her pet falcon Seraphine When Avery s power starts to become uncontrollable, she makes an explosion at the factory which creates a huge trouble for her She believes that she finally needs answers that only her mother can give but she s in the Tombs Her father has restricted her to meet her because it was dangerous to her because if she get caught by them then she would get locked up like her mother and face the horrors of the tombs forever Against her father s wishes, Avery decides to meet her mother even though it was risky and when she sees the state of her mother, she feels bad that she couldn t do anything When she learns about the strange experiments done on the patients, Avery is determined to get her mother out of there with the help of her mother s people from the gypsy camp.The characters were good but I can t seem to connect with any of them Avery is strong yet Vulnerable She s pretty likable character who s good hearted, compassionate, selfless, and very protective I really liked her relationship with her fellow factory workers who re younger than her It s pretty sad seeing boys that young working at an iron factory facing all the abuse The side characters were intriguing but they weren t fleshed out well enough I really wanted to knowabout Khan and Indigo The romance was totally meh Khan and Avery were best friends since young and their relationship is beginning to turn into somethingbut suddenly comes another guy and bam, she loves him Even though I like the other guy, I wish it wasn t so abrupt because it felt quite unrealistic and nonsensical Anyway, I really liked the boys Geeno, Leo 12 , Tony 14 , and Oscar 12 but my favorite was Geeno He s pretty adorable and a very smart kid Dr Spector is a creepy and mysterious villain He s only a human but he s totally giving off the vampire vibes.The plot was interesting but It didn t excite me enough to love it The pacing a bit frustrated me because It really moved a bit slower than expected and I wantedaction It s a historical fantasy and the author did a great job in executing the historical and steampunk part but when it came to the fantasy part everything seemed okay ish but not well detailed However, I liked the Idea behind this concept and I really enjoyed the Steampunk elements in this book and I had already figured out what s Avery s father is building in his secret basement The writing was good and easy to understand The story was told in Avery s first person POV The world building was amazing and felt authentic, I would give it an A I think it s the major highlight of this book The author described everything in detail and gave a clear image Overall, I liked it but I didn t love it Even though It didn t blow my mind away, I still want to continue this series and hope the next book is muchimproved andaction packed Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE TOMBS captured my attention with the alluring promise of a forbidding city and a young woman struggling with unexplainable powers I was enthusiastic to read a historical fiction novel and found the stylized cover intriguing.Unfortunately, I had many problems with THE TOMBS and almost stopped reading at multiple points My biggest issue is that THE TOMBS often introduces problematic elements but never examines them For example, one of Avery s love Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE TOMBS captured my attention with the alluring promise of a forbidding city and a young woman struggling with unexplainable powers I was enthusiastic to read a historical fiction novel and found the stylized cover intriguing.Unfortunately, I had many problems with THE TOMBS and almost stopped reading at multiple points My biggest issue is that THE TOMBS often introduces problematic elements but never examines them For example, one of Avery s love interests is a former slave that her father rescued They grew up together, but his character is one dimensional and exists solely to prop up and assist Avery who is white with his magical powers It s also a questionable choice, in a fantasy novel, to utilize a slur for the sake of historical accuracy While initially interested in Avery s powers, the book progresses slowly and the main thrust of it does not begin until after the halfway point I kept reading, hoping that the book could redeem itself in some way but was ultimately disappointed THE TOMBS leans heavily on problematic tropes.Sexual Content Kissing This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882 Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories She a welder in an iron works She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum Her father works as a clockmaker inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.Avery is sixteen and starting to have the sort of visions that led to her mother s imprisonm This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882 Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories She a welder in an iron works She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum Her father works as a clockmaker inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.Avery is sixteen and starting to have the sort of visions that led to her mother s imprisonment She s afraid that she is going mad She s determined to get into the Tombs to see her mother and ask her questions After she sees the conditions under which her mother exists and attracts the attention of the mad scientist who is experimenting on her, she becomes determined to find a way to free her mother.Meanwhile, her own paranormal ability explodes and she needs to go to the Gypsies for training in using or hiding her powers There she finds out that a boy named Indigo that she met years ago has been taken by the Crows too She recruits her best friend Khan a young black man who her father rescued during the Civil War to help her This story is packed with history from the problem with race relations, the problem with organizing labor unions, and the role of women It takes place in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge which is just being built and is a marvel of its age It takes place in the grimy and gritty factories where children can be beaten by their supervisors It adds in magic in Avery s power as an aura seer and a mad scientist who is making a formula to make laborers docile and obedient using the blood of seers This is filled with action as Avery and her friends try to free her mother and elude the Crows sent by the scientist to capture her Once captured, the conditions in the Tombs are horrible but Avery manages to make friends and design a plan to escape.The main plot point which is freeing her mother is accomplished but there are a number of dangling threads left for a sequel I thought the story began slowly but, once I got the rhythm, it gained momentum and became a fast paced adventure Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek Huge thank you to HarperTeen for approving me for this eARC in exchange for an honest review I have to say I m a little confused about my feelings for this book, because it started out excellent and then for some reason dragged at the end and the story got really jumbled up I think it had a lot of potential but that ending just made everything fall really flat for me.What I Liked Avery Kohl, our main character, is a fantastic protagonist S Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek Huge thank you to HarperTeen for approving me for this eARC in exchange for an honest review I have to say I m a little confused about my feelings for this book, because it started out excellent and then for some reason dragged at the end and the story got really jumbled up I think it had a lot of potential but that ending just made everything fall really flat for me.What I Liked Avery Kohl, our main character, is a fantastic protagonist She s very loyal, kind, and doesn t like to stick to the 1880 s views on women and race Avery is a welder and honestly it s pretty badass because the work is hard, she s looked down on for being female and in this position but toughs it out, and she does it all to help provide for herself and her father She also watches over the other boys in her crew and is very protective of them, it s adorable The setting of this book is extremely unique as it s set during the Second Industrial Revolution in 1880 s New York I don t know about you guys but that s not exactly a setting I see very often especially in YA From what little I know about this time period I still thought Schaumberg did an excellent job with this setting I also really enjoyed the paranormal psychic bits of the story, the powers that Avery has are interesting and some other characters possessed powers as well However, I felt like the powers could have been explored a lotand it would have made things a lotinteresting The side characters were really great and had their own unique personalities, sometimes they just don t get enough development but these characters had it There were a few characters that really endeared themselves to me Avery also has a pet falcon named Seraphine, it s awesome The pacing at the beginning of the book is very fast and I was pulled in right from the start, the story was intriguing and I wanted to know what was going on with Avery s powers There is some romance present in this book and I love that it didn t take over the plot I did like the love interests overall as well and could easily see why Avery liked them both It was nice that no one ever had a big spat over who was going to end up with who though Diversity We have African American characters, Romany characters, and an Italian character Of course there were others as well and I liked that we were shown what a melting pot New York City is I also really liked that the racism shown towards characters is challenged especially considering the time period the book is set in Avery and her father both actively disregard the public s views of other races and are close friends with different people of color The cover is gorgeous What I Didn t Like Half way through the story the pacing slows down significantly and really starts to drag I ended up skimming a bit right at the ending because I just wanted it to be over The overall plot made sense from the start but as with the pacing, it just got really messy and confusing towards the end I can t even really tell you what the heck was happening by the end The beginning was strong but the end not so much The main antagonist was incredibly cheesy, we are talking classic mustache twirling villain I had a hard time taking him seriously at all let alone as a threat And his grand scheme was laughably terrible There s a love triangle and while I liked both love interests, what was the point Especially the second love interest He came out of nowhere I felt like As I already kind of mentioned, I wish everyone s powers were explained and explored a lotFor such an important part of the story I felt it was barely present.Normally I d say if the liked bits outweigh the not liked bits then I enjoyed the book but here it s just not the case I enjoyed myself at the beginning of the book but by the end I was so bored and confused that I just can t give this book a better rating It was too much of a mess by the end this was legitimately the worst book I ve read all year lmao |READ KINDLE ♠ The Tombs ☫ Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set inBrooklynNew York,A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powersSixteen year old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn t Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to surviveLike her mother s, Avery s powers refuse to be contained When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs And the Tombs has secrets of its own strange experiments are being performed on patients and no one knows why Deborah Schaumberg s The Tombs first landed on my radar because of its stunning cover Then I read the synopsis and a decision was made I needed it and pronto As it turns out, The Tombs is a magical and rich debut It s hard not to become completely enthralled by Avery s journey as well as rooting for her every step of the way There s many things Deborah does well here however, one of the best is the descriptions It was so incredibly easy to be transported to New York City, 1882 I could pi Deborah Schaumberg s The Tombs first landed on my radar because of its stunning cover Then I read the synopsis and a decision was made I needed it and pronto As it turns out, The Tombs is a magical and rich debut It s hard not to become completely enthralled by Avery s journey as well as rooting for her every step of the way There s many things Deborah does well here however, one of the best is the descriptions It was so incredibly easy to be transported to New York City, 1882 I could picture Avery s world perfectly the factory, her apartment, the tombs, etc The tombs actually offered one of my favorite settings a greenhouse where Avery discoversanswers to her problems The greenhouse was so cool I wish it was real so I could go and visit it Additionally, Deborah did a fantastic job of fleshing out the story lines I ll admit this isn t the most fast paced book ever Deborah takes her time building up the world as well as Avery s past and current struggles however, I was never once bothered by the speed I eagerly ate up the descriptions, and I loved getting to know Avery better More importantly, when things did speed up, I felt prepared I knew what was going on and had some very big questions and I couldn t wait to see Avery kick butt Avery, the main character here, was likable and easy to root for When the book first begins, Avery has grown use to blending into the background It s easier for both her father and her that way however, while Avery may be quiet, she s no pushover by any means She s strong and powerful,so than she even thinks The scenes were she helped her fellow factory workers pulled at my heartstrings Avery would risk anything for their safety, and that made her evenlovable in my opinion Additionally, over the course of the book Avery s experiences a coming of age She wants to get to the bottom of her mother s illness, Avery wants to know if she s like her This brings about many struggles between Avery and her father, between Avery and her best friend trusted companion, and even between Avery and herself It was interesting to see her face this struggle should she leave it all alone or challenge everything and I was very happy with the end result Now for the one thing that dropped The Tombs down a star the romance There s two potential love interests Avery s best friend the boy Avery shared a kiss with years ago Normally, love triangles don t bother me, but I just didn t like it here I thought Avery s best friend was the better choice however, she constantly felt drawn to this boy she knew almost nothing about cue insta love It just didn t work for me I wantedfor Avery, I wantedfor her best friend.Regardless, The Tombs is a wonderful debut, perfect for YA readers who love their historical fiction with a touch of fantasy and magic I can t wait to see where Deborah goes next I m personally hoping for a sequel ARC was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Book Blog Twitter Bloglovin Goodreads I know my status updates don t seem like I enjoyed this book, but I really, really did It was special The Tombs is definitely one of the creepiest books I have read in a long time, and the main antagonist was horrifying The characters were amazing, as was the atmosphere, and I thought all the issues I had were handled delicately There was even an author note at the back about the usage of the G word.However, I have thoughts about that I need to marinate on themand I will share my full I know my status updates don t seem like I enjoyed this book, but I really, really did It was special The Tombs is definitely one of the creepiest books I have read in a long time, and the main antagonist was horrifying The characters were amazing, as was the atmosphere, and I thought all the issues I had were handled delicately There was even an author note at the back about the usage of the G word.However, I have thoughts about that I need to marinate on themand I will share my full review soon.I do definitely recommend this though This author is a talent to watch Though I m DNFing after eight chapters, I do think there s a lot of promise in this debut Nothing quite worked for me personally, but everything has a lot of potential I feel like I ll probably really like Schaumberg s next book but it s not quite there yet for me I like what I ve read fairly well, but I m not invested in the story Worth a try if you re into horror and paranormal historical novels.