The Tombs by Deborah SchaumbergThe Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

The Tombs

byDeborah Schaumberg

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut takes readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?

Sixteen-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 listening to secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like 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 was born in Brooklyn, not far from where The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and ...
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Title:The TombsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062656449

ISBN - 13:9780062656445

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Stop Reading! Having just finished this book, all I can say is: I want the sequel! Please, please, please let there be another book because I'll go crazy if it just ends like that! Right from the start, I was hooked by the concept and the characters. It was a beautifully told story with layered individuals and a strong lead character in Avery. Not to mention there was a series creep factor regarding the Tombs itself. The story was interesting and engaging, and there were genuinely sweet moments that pulled at my heartstrings. I could barely stop reading for any reason! That's not to say there aren't a couple flaws. A love triangle spawned out of nowhere and I'm not sure I buy into it, the pacing was a little wonky at times, and again, I need more stories because of that ending. But all those nitpicks don't take away from what I think is a solid debut and a truly unique YA fantasy. I definitely want to return to it and hope I get to soon!
Date published: 2018-02-25