The Hypnotic City
Written by: Andrea Berthot
The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles
Sequenc in Series: 2
Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: Steampunk | Historical Fiction
It's 1905, and London has finally been freed from Henry Jekyll's terrible legacy - its people cured, its thirteen-year quarantine lifted. The world is waiting, and for a girl who dreams of being its most dazzling star, what could be more enticing than the bright lights of New York City?
She is drawn across the ocean like a moth to a flame, her heart set on proving that while she may be small on the outside, her soaring talent eclipses even Manhattan’s towering skyline. When she lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell - just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager. But is it her stage presence mesmerizing the audience, or something more sinister behind the scenes?
Philomena has always relied on her fierce will and fiery heart, but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway's bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull...
Both fans of The Heartless City and new readers alike will enjoy this stand-alone / spin-off tale of Philomena’s adventures on stage - and in love - in NYC.
The Hypnotic City by Andrea Berthot
Berthot crosses the steampunk boarders from London to New York in The Hypnotic City. This is the second installment in The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles.
Philomena was a privileged prisoner, a member of the aristocratic families, quarantined, in the royal palace, in London during the Hyde epidemic. Her royal life was a gilded cage. Although she was privileged, her life and choices came under the dictates of the power hungry governor, mad scientist. Escape was her only option.
Bravely, Philomena does escape to New York where she pursues her dream of acting. Years of pretending, in London, as made Philomena a very skilled actor. Working off Broadway, and not as a lead, she jumps at the chance of becoming a star in the premier Broadway playbill.
Unfortunately, Philomena soon discovers that when something seems to be "to good to be true" it most likely not what it seems.
What was the chance that she would once again find herself captive by a mad scientist bent on domination and power?
Sometimes, friends and the ones you love are all that matter. Philomena must pull out all the stops, dig deep into her very character and overcome insurmountable odds to save herself and the ones she loves.
Like a master snake charmer, Berthot, slowly lures the readers into this amazing steampunk world until you find yourself memorized by her storytelling. I found The Hypnotic City flirty, fun and magical, in other words, I simply loved it.
I received this ARC copy of The Hypnotic City from Andrea Berthot in exchange for a honest review.