Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review THE MADMEN'S CITY by Cady Vance

From Goodreads:
Teen vigilante Gwen Kane uses her fists and a strict moral code to flatten any lowlife who dares prey on the innocents of Towton City. Her rival, Silas Snow, opts for a pistol, a silencer and a shot in the dark. To Silas, death is the only suitable punishment for the iniquitous criminals who prowl the seedy streets. And to Gwen, Silas is just another murderer. Working together would only end in World War III.

When someone frames Gwen’s father for a mob death that Silas actually caused, their paths seem destined for a head-on collision. Silas doesn’t want an innocent man to take the fall, but if he fesses up to the crime, he’ll only land behind bars himself. But Gwen will stop at nothing to discover the truth. The clock ticks down to her father’s date with death row.

It’s time to stop playing nice.

My Take:
First off, this didn't read like a dystopian. It was more like an Arrow/Batman comic world read, and I LOVED that feel! Seriously, Towton City is just like Gotham in my mind. This book was easy to fall into and keep reading. The only reason it took so long for me to finish was simply lack of time to sit and do just that. Last night I picked it up a little before 11 determined to find out how it was going to end. I finished right before midnight and then lay in bed another hour imagining out the scenes.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Gwen and Silas. It made sense and progressed logically for me. They both had their own idea of how things should be handled, but in the end they realize they have more in common "moral-wise" than Gwen originally thought. Perhaps the best part for me was there were no "seriously, you're going to kiss her now?" moments. They start to like each other but nothing happens until the bad guys are vanquished and all is as good as it gets in Towton.

This was a well written, fun read. There is some language. I give The Madmen's City a solid 4.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. More comic book world than dystopian? That peaks my interest.

    1. Yes! I usually avoid dystopians and that word was used somewhere in connection with this book, but I gave it a chance anyway. So glad I did! It seriously felt like watching an episode of Arrow. I'd read more episodes. :)

  2. You've been doing a lot of reading lately.

    1. I won this one in a BookLikes giveaway. It was a great surprise.


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