Daughter of the Burning City – Book Review

Author: Amanda Foody
Published: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: ★★★★★


30237061Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (Goodreads summary)

“Wicked, Wicked to the core, The city will burn forevermore”

This book was INSANELY good! I received it in my August Once Upon A Book Club box and the gifts that came with it just made reading it sooo much better!

Sorina and her “family” are so interesting. Sorina doesn’t have eyes but she can see and create illusions for others to see. She creates her own family, a grandfather figure, a sister thats also a best friend, funny bickering little brothers. These illusions perform in a Freak Show in the Gomorrah Festival, all having their own odd talent to add to the show. Our story starts out with one of her family members being murdered. This is obviously a problem for more then one reason. 1. Murder 2. Illusions can’t be murdered. Or can they?

Lets talk about the Gomorrah Festival itself. While it is indeed a traveling festival it is also a traveling city with a rich dark history. I loved the vivid descriptions of the festival and the different shows and booths. Gomorrah is split into two sections, there is Uphill where Sorina’s freak show performs and then there is Downhill where the darker more depraved shows and booths reside. There is a sharp contrast between the two and it was interesting to see it through Sorina’s eyes, someone who has lived with the festival almost all her life and yet she rarely ventured into the Downhill.

Sorina herself was a very strong character. She loves her family dearly, even though they aren’t truly real and she will stop at nothing to keep them safe. The craziest thing about her wasn’t her illusions, SHE HAS NO EYES! Yet she can see! The sight of an eyeless face unnerves most people so she wears masks almost all the time. It was so interesting to learn about her abilities as an Illusion Worker through her thoughts, her description of their strings pooling around her feet as she manipulates them. Crazy descriptive writing on Foody’s part!

I loved the mystery of this book. It was the perfect blend of mystery and magic! It kept me guessing right up until the end. The twist really got me! It was so hard to put it down at times! I am now eagerly awaiting Amanda Foody’s next novel Ace of Shades she did so well with this debut novel I can’t help but have high hopes for the next one!

“The smoke is part of Gomorrah’s legend: once upon a time, we were burned to the ground. But we did not die. Instead we kept burning, kept moving, kept growing. The smoke surrounds us, even if we no longer burn.”

My Once Upon a Book Club box with Daughter of the Burning City and all the correlating gifts!

E-Book Deals of the Day

There are 4 great ebook deals going on right now! One of my all time favorites is The Scorpio Races! I love Maggie Stiefvaters writing and I recommend this book to people all the time. The Rest of Us Just live Here was a book I recently read and really enjoyed. The other two are on my TBR. I was super excited to see The Forgetting is on sale and snagged it!

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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.(goodreads summary)

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What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.(goodreads summary)

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Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.43.38 AM

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…(goodreads summary)


Happy Reading!


E-Book Deals of the Day

Today New World Rising is FREE! FREE FREE FREE! This is a really good dystopian read, I loved it!  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

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Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words – to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls – outside of The Sanctuary – is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself…

The first of a trilogy, New World Rising is an epic tale of survival, instinct, trauma, and the extraordinary power of human connection. (Goodreads summary)

Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday – A Map for Wrecked Girls

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by Dial Books

a-map-for-wrecked-girls-jessica-taylorWe sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present? (goodreads summary)

Why I am Waiting

I am currently watching Lost for the first time on Netflix with Husband. That being said I am loving the shipwrecked/crazy island/lost themed books that are coming out. I just read The Sandcastle Empire last month and am really looking forward to this one. This book looks like it will have a sister dynamic to it. I always find sister books fascinating (I grew up with a younger brother) their relationships are something I will never experience, hopefully just like being lost on an island! It sounds like a great read to end the summer with and I’m looking forward to it!