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Hey there! Got a minute? In this book, her illusions are being killed, which should not be possible because they are illusions and supposedly not real. Sorina believes they are being targeted for a specific reason she intends to find out with the help of a gossip worker, a boy who seemingly can't die, Luca. As Sorina navigates the city she calls home, she realizes that she didn't truly know the nature of Gomorrah and maybe she was an outsider all along This book was a pleasant read, but you definitely need to be patient to see where the story takes us.
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I figured out most of the twist in the story as most of it was pretty clearly laid out for us and you only need to connect the dots to figure it out, but there were one or two instances where I was slightly taken by surprise. Overall I enjoyed the book and I rate it 4 stars. I was promised a magical, mysterious carnival festival circus thing. I was promise lots of magic and powers.
I was promised an intriguing main character. And what did I get?? None of those!!!!! It dumped all these names on me and nothing was explained??? Maybe I was skimming from the very beginning???? Is Gomorrah a traveling city? Is Upmountain actually up a mountain?
I need good worldbuliding!!! Sorina is the main character, and she has the power to make illusions. Like yes they had skills and personalities. But there was nothing beneath it. And that was it. But then I stopped being sad?? Like oh yes, she can make illusions!!!! Nothing else. The one who sucks at predicting anything! But the way this ended made it seem like there was going to be a sequel or a series? It left things super open and it felt like build-up to another book.
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Like yes leave things vague for the reader but not so vague that it feels unfinished??? But the concept was pretty interesting and the diversity was pretty great? I love unpopular opinions. Anyways, im here to kick slumpy! Firstly, the cover is so pretty. The characters are very unique. Tho I do wish we got a little more circuses than the book offered.
The romance was great. The drawings!! They made it so much more creepy and furthered the mystery Now the things that I liked not so much. Lots of world holes. For example, what is Up the Mountain, who lives Downhill, where is Gomorrah? Does the Freak Show travel? The mystery was predictable. So there ya go. View all 45 comments. Well, let's say my heels broke and I fell face-first into the dirt.
Daughter of the Burning City had so much potential, so many brilliant ideas and magical elements which 2. Daughter of the Burning City had so much potential, so many brilliant ideas and magical elements which sparked my curiosity, but the execution failed to make those ideas shine.
Foody's imagination is enchanting but she didn't turn her interesting ideas into the captivating story I had hoped for. I'm so disappointed I don't have more positive things to say about this debut since I could feel how much work Amanda Foody had put into this piece of YA literature. Perhaps I've become allergic to generic types of YA fantasy books, though I wouldn't necessarily say this was the issue. Daughter of the Burning City 's biggest weakness is its storyline. It bored me and I found myself skimming some parts. The plot was predictable and lacked the tension to hook me.
Sadly, not even the romantic subplot could save me from my boredom, even though it's so easy to lure me into a plot with romantic chemistry I can be shallow like that, I admit it. When I cannot be pulled along by a storyline, I sometimes find interest in the characters which saves the book for me. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case with this book, either. Sorina Gomorrah certainly has peculiarities that make her stand out among other female leads, which I'll address in a sec. Her characterisation, however, didn't click with me at all. She swayed between being juvenile, frustrating, naive, and unreasonable.
The other characters including the love interest had the same flaw: They were interesting on the surface due to their abnormalities or unusual habits, but they also struck me as bland. I did like and appreciate the themes Foody wove into the story, using Sorina's deformity to address beauty standards, self-worth, and being different.
She also included racial, religious, and sexual diversity though her inclusion of demisexuality was tainted by her portrayal of the usual YA insta-romance.
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These aspects were enjoyable but they couldn't give the book the spice it needed because it didn't change anything about the blandness nor did it increase my interest in where the plot was headed. Further, it occurred to me more than once how Foody had wasted the opportunity of Sorina's deformity to tell the story from a different angle. She has no eyes yet she sees everything which seemed like a bit of a cop-out. Foody introduced such a unique heroine with her eye-less face but she didn't quite rise to the challenge of writing a perspective from a person missing her eyes, I felt.
You could've written this story from a blind person's view pun intended , and it'd have been a unique, amazing, and peculiar narration. I should also add that at some point, Foody describes Sorina narrowing her eyes, which induced a shattering face-palm because — unless I missed something crucial — this is a careless mistake. I remind myself that my face isn't a deformity. I am magic. The author avoided large-scale info-dumps for the world-building in her descriptions but compensated by filling the dialogue with supposedly by-the-bye information on the festival.