Synopsis – Sixteen-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
Review – I really enjoyed this book. For me it has a darker Caraval feel. I liked the mystery even though for me it was pretty obvious who the culprit was. The main character Sorina I found her childish (although she is only meant to be 16) yet likeable. At times she seems grown up and will take anything on, then all of a sudden, she will ‘chicken out’ of discussing a serious matter with her family and asks someone else to do it.
Now I did warn in the title there would be spoilers. So again, spoilers ahead.
Sorinas family were meant to be freaks. Now I can’t see how how twins were meant to be freaks, the others I can understand why. A man with fingernails instead of body hair (that really made me feel queasy) A hawk girl and a giant tree man agmost others. I liked the connection they had between them all. They truly were like a family which is how Sorina sees them.
I was not comfortable when Blister the baby died. Never am when babies/children or animals die.
Now, Luca, the boy who can not die. The boy Sorina falls in love. I liked Luca more then Sorina. I found him much more interesting and wanted to know more about him. How did he end up in Gomorrah? How come he couldn’t die? So many questions.
Now things I didn’t like (spoilers)
I wasn’t over keen on all the different names for people/towns/ areas. It maybe difficult to explain but the use of Up-mountians and down-mountians just kept confusing me. I also wasn’t keen on the fact that Luca was one of Sorinas illusions (explained in the book that neither of them knew this) I found it sad that she had to make someone to fall in love with her. I know that at the end of ths book he said that it was down to him loving her and nothing to do with Sorina creating him.
All together though I would highly recommend reading this book.
⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 stars