Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: July 25th, 2017
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.
"Wicked, wicked to the core. The city will burn forevermore."
Oh, guys, I'm so incredibly happy they release this book earlier because this was one of my most anticipated book of the entire year. I know I've said this a million times, but I sweat to you I was beyond excited about this book because it was circus related, and you know how much I love those settings *coughs* thenightcircus *coughs*. So I immediatly bought the book and started reading as soon as it came to my house, no joke. And I was so incredibly suprised by how much I did enjoy it. I didn't expect it to be the way it was, but I have to say I loved the diversity and… IT WAS A MYSTERY and I didn't know that previously!
It was a bit hard to get into at first. Maybe it was me that had my mind elsewhere, but it took me a bit to get used to the names and the places and everything, but once I did, I started to get so engrosed by it that I flew through it!
"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 characters were my favourite part of this book. It had an incredibly diverse cast of characters. Most of the main ones had abnormalcies (Sorina could see without having eyes, Crown had nails for skin, etc.) and I found that so incredibly unique and cool I was blown away by the beginning. There're also POC and some LGBTQ+ representation, which I didn't know before starting it, and I really loved that as well.
Basically what I enjoyed the most was how close Sorina and her illusions were and the family they made together. You could see throughout the book how much they loved each other and cared for each other, and it was breaking my heart seeing someone took that happiness from them (despite them being illusions, I couldn't care less). I found I connected and loved them pretty easily.
And I adored Luca so.incredibly.much! I cannot help but fall for those types of characters, but he added someting extra to the story and despise being at first so cocky he was really intelligent and caring and I loved him and Sorina.
"Yes, Venera and Hawk adn all your family may be illusions, but they still love you. And love is real. Love is a choice."
AND THERE WAS A VERY GOOD MYSTERY IN THE BOOK. I've been obsessed with mysteries and thrillers this year, and I didn't even think there could be one in this book. And now you may think "well, Nia, it was told in the synopsis, wasn't it?". And you'll be completely right, but I didn't remember the synopsis at all when I picked it up. So it was an amazing surprise to me. It was really well done in the fact that made you want to keep reading it, while still not being entirely sure about anything.
However I have to say the ending didn't blew my mind. There were two things that were revealed, and one of those was a bit obvious to me. I had a theory about it and it turned out to be true, so that lowered a bit my rating.
I'm still unsure about the novel being a standalone, because I feel there were some things that weren't completely solved and maybe a sequel would be necessary to me, but we'll have to wait to know if there is going to be a second installment (which I hope it will!)
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