Title: City of Villains (City of Villains #1)
Author: Estelle Laure
This story is written for teens and adults might not find a little silly. The concept of the story is is fun and focused on what Disney does best. The world the author created could have been drawn out a bit more. The reading age says teen but I find it is closer to 9-13 year old kids. Teens might find it a bit silly.
Pree Teen Review:
I loved this book it is everything I wanted to know about the Villains in the Disney world. The story is hard to put down and I can't wait to read book 2. I loved this book and everyone should read it. I finished the book over the weekend. Awesome
The story overall is written to the young preteen age group so it is fast pace and very easy to read story.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of City of Villains by Estelle Laure.
Disney’s Villains meet Gotham in this gritty fairy tale-inspired crime series.
Mary Elizabeth Heart is a high school senior by day, but by night she’s an intern at the Monarch City police department. She watches with envy from behind a desk as detectives come and go, trying to contain the city’s growing crime rate. For years, tension has simmered between the city’s wealthy elite, and their plans to gentrify the decaying neighborhood called the Scar—once upon a time the epicenter of all things magic.
When the daughter of one of the city’s most powerful businessmen goes missing, Mary Elizabeth is thrilled when the Chief actually puts her on the case. But what begins as one missing person’s report soon multiplies, leading her down the rabbit hole of a city in turmoil. There she finds a girl with horns, a boyfriend with secrets, and what seems to be a sea monster lurking in a poison lake. As the mystery circles closer to home, Mary finds herself caught in the fight between those who once had magic, and those who will do anything to bring it back.
About The Author:
Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.