All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Hi. Today's book review is the first (of many, I hope) book that I fully read in December, now the weather is turning chilly and winter is almost here. Southern Hemisphere peeps, I'm jealous.
And now onto the review. As always, I've kept this spoiler-free.
Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 7th September 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (Read December 2017)
Well, wow. I don't know quite what to think. I have so many emotions right now. This was so good! A possible 4.5 stars, but I'll leave it as four now, with that possibility later once I've calmed down from that ending and actually processed it all.
So I finally caved under some of the hype I found on Goodreads, because I had (have) so many other books to read when I bought this, but purple's also my favourite colour, so it wasn't too hard to resist. :) I really enjoyed the world building of the festival and felt like it could go on for so long, there was much packed into Gomorrah. And outside of it- everything just real and as though people could really live there.
All of the characters, however much they appeared in the book, felt so real and I loved that. Even Sorina's illusions who weren't supposed to be real just felt like one massive family. I was fond of all of them...I mean, I shouldn't have been, knowing now what I know, but I was. Let's explore the emotions I had more.
(By the way, I'm writing this review less than an hour after finishing the book, just so you know.)
While I loved a lot of characters, I also disliked or hated some. I laughed and nearly cried. Even though I cry a lot at films since what's happening is right in front of me, I'm slightly more resistant with books, not least because I don't like crying in public. It takes a really good book to make me cry and almost crying is still an achievement. Also glad the book covered my face towards the end, because I'm sure my parents would have asked me what was wrong- I know my emotions were probably clearing showing on my face because I imagine I was doing a lot of internal shouting at those points.
Speaking of...I'm genuinely shook. As in the blurb, one of Sorina's illusions gets murdered and in the quest to find out who did it, everyone becomes a suspect. It was fun but left me feeling like I was spinning a bit as I kept changing my mind. I say everyone was a suspect, but...well, I didn't guess right. Because what really happened never even crossed my mind once. Hence why I reacted so strongly at the end.
But anyway. This was so good and I'm really glad I read it. I even managed to read it in a respectable amount of time after its release since it's still 2017. (I still have a book from January this year which won't be read until I have no idea when in 2018. Or maybe never at this rate!)
Ahem. But after Daughter of the Burning City, I'm so much more excited than I already was to read Ace of Shades next year. :)
Have you read this book yet? What did you think? All the best, everyone, and happy reading. :)
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