Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody *Review*

Hello! I’m back with another review! Now that I’ve gotten The Night Circus out of the way I’ve been able to pick up some other books on my TBR and finally got around to reading Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

This book follows Sorina who is a sixteen-year-old girl who has spent her entire life within the traveling festival of Gomorrah. Sorina is an illusion maker and her entire family are actually all her illusions; together they make up the festival’s Freak Show. Everything is normal until one of her illusions wound up dead; which of course shouldn’t be possible. This book follows Sorina’s journey of discovering who is killing her family and how they are capable of doing it.

Right off the bat, any story involving a circus, carnival, or festival is immediately added to my TBR because I can not get enough of these types of stories! In addition to that, I was actually able to meet Amanda and get my books signed which made me even more excited to pick this book up! Amanda was so sweet and I absolutely loved Ace of Shades when I read it.

I’m going to start by talking about the setting because I loved it so much! Gomorrah is such an enticing and interesting setting. While there are parts that are of course more clean and appropriate there is also the darker part of the festival where things are a bit more run down and people like thieves, sex workers, and assassins live here. Foody does such an amazing job describing the scents, sights, and sounds within the festival and it really helps to create the festival surroundings in your mind.

I also loved the characters in this book. Sorina was such a strong and family oriented character. When I say she’s strong, I don’t mean she’s very independent and headstrong. She’s the type of character not at all afraid to ask for help from her family members and it’s so nice to see a character choose her family over others. I found myself really growing attached to her illusions as well. While reading this book I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed these unique characters until it was too late and they were no longer around (I actually cried at the death of one of them).

I, of course, need to also talk about the love interest, Luca. I think Luca may be one of my new favorite book boyfriends. He wasn’t the typical overbearing and cocky love interest; he was definitely his own person and he was so unique to other male characters that I’ve read of before. He was just so sarcastic and smart and just *swoon*.

Lastly, I feel like I should mention the one small thing that I had a problem with. This book is set in a very intricate political way and things around this area were often confusing and didn’t make much sense in my mind. Things such as the world layout and the magic system just didn’t add up all that well for me. There was a good bit of information dump on this type of thing and it wasn’t very fun to read about. Since all of this information came at once, none of it really stuck with me to help in later scenarios. But this is really my only complaint about this book.

Overall, this book was a magical and dark story and I loved pretty much everything about it. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and Amanda Foody is definitely one of my insta-buy authors now.

Let’s Talk! :  Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Do you have any recommendations for circus/festival/carnival books?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern *Review*

Hello hello! I finally finished a book this month! Are you guys proud of me?! You obviously have read the title of this post so you should know that I’m going to be talking about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. There is SO much hype for this book and I had been meaning to pick it up since I joined Bookstagram and finally got around to it.

This book follows a traveling circus with a bit of a hidden competition taking place behind the scenes. This book is filled with illusions and romance.

I struggled on deciding on a rating for this book because I really struggled to pick the book up after I had set it down, but I ended up giving this one 4 out of 5 stars.

Things I Liked

This was such an atmospheric story, the circus itself sounded so magical and the various scents and sights described made me able to image exactly what was happening at the circus. I can definitely say Le Cirque des Reves is a circus that I would love to visit.

The characters in this were all so unique and had their own voices. None of them were the type of character where I was annoyed with them because of making stupid decisions, I genuinely liked all of the characters in the book and was rooting for them. I especially loved that we got to witness the circus from multiple viewpoints ranging from the people working within the circus and those visiting the circus.

The next thing I’m conflicted by whether I liked it or not. And that’s the fact that the story is being told from multiple different times and viewpoints. For example, we follow Marco and Celia in the past during much of the book but we also follow Bailey during more recent time. I did really enjoy getting to see multiple characters and hearing from multiple voices and seeing how all of it connected at the end of the book.

What I Didn’t Like

So like I said, there was one particular thing that I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. That would be the jumping around between time periods. I found myself very confused at points and wasn’t able to fully grasp which period I was in and what events in the past matched up. The timeline just didn’t come together in my mind. With that being said, I think this is definitely one of those books that come together at the end and you really need to re-read it to fully enjoy and understand the story that was told. I had such a difficult time getting into this and every time I put the book down, I just didn’t have the desire to pick it back up. This actually took me almost a month to finish.

With all of this being said, I overall really did enjoy this book I just think that I may need to pick it up again to fully absorb everything that happened.

Questions: Have you read The Night Circus? What were your thoughts? Do you know of any books similar to The Night Circus? What are they? I loved circus stories and would love to pick more up!

February TBR

Hello hello! Welcome to the first post on my blog! I finished a crazy amount of books in January (at least for me) and by a crazy amount I mean 9 books. I have a very ambitious TBR for February like it’s kind of insane. I’m 99.9% sure that I won’t finish all of these books, but they’re on the list!

So first I’m going to start with the books that were on last months TBR that I didn’t get around to.

Continued TBR

  • First up on that list is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m about 250 pages into this currently so I plan to finish this up this month! This book is about a circus and the hidden, deadly game that takes place behind the scenes. This is a fantasy published in 2011.
  • Next is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This book follows a teenage illusionist in a Freak Show as she tracks down the killer of her creations. This is a fantasy published in 2017.

Next is all of the books on my actual TBR for the month. This month (and most likely next month) I’m on a mission to read all of my books that I’ve gotten in book boxes, and boy let me tell you, there’s a ton of them.

  • State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury follows a girl named Sorrow as she tries to balance the court, love, and enemies creeping in on her. This is a fantasy released in March 2018.
  • Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake follows a girl who must partner with the enemy in order to save their land. This is a fantasy published in April 2018.
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand (I’m realizing it’s taking way too long to type out descriptions for books that I haven’t read so enjoy just a list)
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

As I said, I have a massive reading load ahead of me this month! I’m most likely not going to finish half of these!

Questions: How many books are on your TBR? Do you have any this month that match up with mine? What books have you read from my TBR?