Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
This read was a quick, fun, lighthearted romp through the streets of Northern Italy. The descriptions of the backdrop alone made me yearn to visit... wade knee deep in canal water, walk its historic streets... gawk at its renowned architecture, be paddled around the canals in the world famous gondolas, eat my fill at a Saint's festival and drink coffee at a street Cafe with a flirty companion. The world building was great... probably the best part of the book... well, that and the pacing. Things never felt stagnant nor sluggish which kept the story rolling along... steamrolling over its rough spots like the Character Development.
The cast was decent, although each persona could have seriously benefited from some extra character boosting oomph... a good bout of TLC. The MCs were difficult to get behind, possibly due to an unfortunate lack of dimension.
Oh, and then there was the predictable insta-love. This is usually a HUGE No Go for me. Sometimes... rarely... an author can manage to make an insta-love work but that was not the case here. Here it was shameless, unapologetic and extremely off-putting.
This was a quick jaunt through Venice Italy... an undeniably gorgeous setting. I tore through this predictable (semi) guilty pleasure and that is the best I can say about it. The premise of magical mobsters with a multitude of powers but only 1 dominant gift was really promising. Unfortunately, Sinking City spent so much time on the freaking insta-love that it never really (truly) came into its own as a well rounded Fantasy. It was a good distraction for a little while but not an adventure I'll be looking to continue.