Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release date – 9th October 2018
Beneath the Citadel did give off Six of Crows vibes; a group of teenagers teaming up to cause mayhem with, with a brilliant and overconfident leader, plenty of bickering and banter, and some seriously fantastic representation.
We have Cassa (the brilliant leader and my favourite), Alys (a plus-sized ace girl who also struggles with anxiety), Evander (easygoing but could Fuck You Up; also bisexual and cute af) and Newt (quiet and reserved and has such low self esteem that I just wanna squeeze him; also gay and lusting after Evander).
Okay so the characters are definitely this book’s strongest point for me, as I couldn’t really get into the story. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the plot, but…it just didn’t grip me. It’s your typical kids-inherit-rebellion tale, only I can’t actually remember what they were rebelling against.
This book is split into six different POVs: the gang, the High Chancellor and Vassa. Vassa used to be a part of the gang and Cassa’s BFF, but they parted with some bad feelings. I must admit, Vassa’s chapters bored me, but I did warm to her towards the end. Cassa was hands down my favourite; she was brave and reckless insecure, and I loved her.
I would also like to say that the bad guy in this book totally fucking creeped me out, and I literally can’t remember the last time that happened with a YA fantasy. Holy hell, he was brutal.
And, if you’re considering picking this book up, I would just like to warn you to have tissues on hand at the end, because not everyone makes it *wink wink cry cry*
*Thank you to Abrams & Chronicle for sending me an ARC*