Set on the streets of Lower Manhattan in 1871, The Virgin Cure is the story of Moth, a girl abandoned by her father and raised by a mother telling fortunes to the city's desperate women. One summer night, twelve-year-old Moth is pulled from her bed and sold as a servant to a finely dressed woman. It is this betrayal suffered at the hands of her own mother that changes her life forever...
My Quick Thoughts: I loved Ami McKay's first book, The Birth House, so I was excited to read this. The book has a really interesting premise but for some reason I just didn't enjoy this book. It wasn't a bad book but there was something about it that I didn't like.
I had a really hard time with the main character, Moth. The story is told from her point of view and despite being twelve years old, the her voice was way older than that. She definitely was more mature than the average twelve year old but it was hard to relate to her plight and really understand the horrors she was going through because I kept forgetting that she was only twelve. I was also really hoping that the ending for Moth would be different than it was. It wasn't a bad ending for her but it still seemed like she deserved something more than what she got.
As I said above, I don't think this was a bad story. I just either didn't get it or was just not in the right mindset to enjoy the story. 3 stars.