Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (Spoiler review)

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

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Spoliers)

Synopsis

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans – Goodreads

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This is a easy 5/5 stars for me. Marissa Meyer has done an amazing job recreating Wonderland from the animals working in shops and wearing clothes to the magic. It’s difficult to talk about this book with giving away spoliers so be warned.

We all know that this book is about how the Queen of Hearts became who she is so we know this story isn’t going to end nicely.  From the beginning we discover that Catherine and her family are high on the social ladder and that the King of Hearts wants to marry her, however she meets Jest the court joker. You can not help but root for the couple through out the story and you fall in love with them. The way Meyer has written Jest, it’s heartbreaking to know what will happen to him in the end.

Like I said, it’s difficult to talk about this book and what it’s about without giving it away. Obvisiouly I won’t go into details about what happens and there is alot more to the story then just Catherine and Jest, but I found that that is what sticks in your head more about this book.

I couldn’t put this book down and read it in a week (for me that is really quick due to work and being a slow reader) It is most certainly a must read if you like wonderland even if you will get your heart ripped out.

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Book Slump and Audio Books

I have recently been in a rather large book slump after reading Flame in the Mist and I wanted to know how other people coped so I recently posted on Instagram to find out. Suggestions were to either reread a book I love or to try a different genre. Some people suggested taking a break from reading and doing another hobby I enjoy.

I like to listen to audio books while I’m working or going for walks and I have used them in the past to get out of these moments. For me, audio books still let you use your imagination the same way as if you were reading a book which is extremely important. When you read a book you want to be able to imagine what’s going on and the voices (I even go as far as saying outloud sometimes the names or characters to see if I might be saying them right) You want to be able to go next with the characters either love them or hate them and be submerged into that world. With audio books I still get that, however the narrator helps with this. I’ve been lucky and from all the audio books I’ve listened to, only two have disappointed me because of the narrator. Unfortunately this has meant that I have also been discouraged to buy the books and try it myself.

To get myself out of this slump I have been doing another hobby (drawing and painting) and listen to audio books. So far this is working and I have began to enjoy reading again. It maybe because I’m doing different things and not just concentrating on reading. I find that sometimes it can be a pressure to read books either to meet a reading challenge goal or to catch up on a series or even trying to catch up with other people. By doing something completely different but still have the audio book in the back ground, I can still submerge myself into the book while drawing.

Don’t get me wrong this may not help for everyone. This might just work for me, but I guess it’s worth a try if you don’t know how else to escape the dreaded book slump

How do you guys cope?

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The Beginning

Well hello everyone. Thank you for checking out this little blog of books and nonsense about books (hopefully you like books otherwise your not going to like this page)

I will be doing book reviews, photos, unboxings and hopefully travel features.

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