Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Streets of Glass by Michelle D. Argyle.
About the Book: Eighteen year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing the position she’s worked so hard to inherit.
But Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high—even for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.
My Review: I found it interesting how different Starry and Emma were due to their upbringings, and I thought the author kept that consistent throughout. Each had their own personality and mannerisms while sharing some traits like a smile or look. The one thing that really struck me was how no matter how much she had learned, Starry continually showed her youth and inexperience with mistake after mistake. While her storyline was a parallel of Emma’s, I thought Starry’s was a little more entertaining, especially when she found herself on the verge of everything she wanted.
While the writing was fast paced and engaging, I think that kinda hurt the story. There were a few parts where I hoped it would explain things or move a little slower to smooth out occasional bumps in the story, but that’s just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.
Overall, the storyline was well constructed and enticing, drawing me in from the start. I looked at this as a redemption story, and it didn’t disappoint. I won’t give away any spoilers, but it’s similar to the Greek tragedies. That alone made it worthwhile for me.