In New York City, an underground society of supernatural beings exists, hidden among everyday humans. They don’t know of our activities or any of our secrets.
The districts of the Works are made up of vampires, wolves, shifters, witches, and I’m in the fifth and arguably most important district, the Patchwork. My father is the leader of our group, and he oversees all of the other factions.
As his only daughter, that makes me the princess of it all. Cool, right? Actually…no.
Sure, I live in a mansion and money isn’t an object, but that doesn’t matter because I can’t leave. I have a guard who follows me around 24/7. My father and three older brothers treat me like I’m a fragile piece of glass, never allowed to take an independent step or make any decisions on my own.
It’s beyond frustrating—especially since my father essentially runs my life.
He says what I do, when I do it, how I do it, and all that jazz. He tests his formulas and new techniques on me. I’m a walking science experiment.
I hate it.
I hate my life here.
But then he comes along: Killian.
He’s just some vampire…or so I thought.
But you’ll have to read my story to find out what I mean. To know my secrets.
Until then, though, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebecca von Stein.
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein.
Welcome to the Works.
**Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Here’s yet another book that I picked based on the cover, it’s so striking and does an amazing job of preparing you for the story within.
Rebecca is a patchwork girl, ‘upgraded’ with human body parts by her father to prolong her life. Despite the fact she’s so different, she’s still a teenage girl – she’s witty, big-hearted and not prepared to take any shit.
The author gives Rebecca a modern and sassy voice, using just the right amount of teen speak so that the older and grumpier of us aren’t driven insane (I’m only 26 but I’m definitely on the grumpier end of the spectrum).
Rebecca is a fantastic main character and very easy to like, she has all of the good qualities you’d look for in a teen heroine but also the flaws necessary to keep her real – she’s stubborn, grumpy (knew there was a reason I loved her) and tends to act first and think afterwards.
The one thing I loved the most about her was her love for her family, in this case they aren’t the typical family characters who are standing in the way of her and what she wants. She’s loyal to them and cares for them deeply, with a different type of bond with each of her brothers and father. However, familial love or not, she knows that she’ll have to cross them to lead the type of life she wants to lead.
There is quite a bit of romance in this book, but of a slightly YA cutesy yet all encompassing version though there is a quickie in a bathroom at one point…
Love between clans is forbidden, so clearly she bestows her heart upon a hottie from another faction!
The clans are really interesting, you have your obligatory vampires and werewolves, shifters and witches which are an optional extra and then the most original one – the patchwork. These are immortals who are stitched together with ‘donor’ parts, the Frankenstein’s monster faction which isn’t something I’ve seen in my pretty extensive travels through paranormal novels.
This book was great fun to read, I couldn’t get enough of Rebecca’s voice! The characters are very well developed within the confines of the mysteries this series holds, their relationships are well defined and varied which I enjoyed. Aleo’s writing style is so compelling, I finished this book in one hit.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance and fantasy, especially the kind which breaks the mold – this is a series to get started on.