Daughter of the Burning City By Amanda Foody [Review]

Daughter of the Burning City RELEASE DATE: July 25th 2017
Amanda Foody
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery.  
Harlequin Teen 
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.


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 Daughter Of The Burning City is one of the books I was really excited to read this month  but unfortunately, it didn’t met my expectations. I enjoyed the story but I didn’t love it. I think I would’ve loved it if I hadn’t put such high expectations on it. The story was definitely interesting, entertaining, and refreshing but it lacked the tension which made it less exciting for me. I liked the main characters Sorina and Luca. The world of Gomorrah is beautiful and enchanting. Even though this book failed to meet my expectations, I really think it was a great debut and I’ll definitely look forward to more books from the author.

The story is mostly set in Gomorrah, a travelling circus city which is divided into Uphill and downhill. Sorina is a sixteen year old girl who’s born without eyes but still she can perfectly see everything and can also create illusions with individual personalities that we can touch, see and feel. She’s the adopted daughter of the proprietor of Gomorrah and because of her rare gift she stands apart from the others and doesn’t have any real friends. In Gomorrah, she’s a star performer who runs a freak show along with her illlusions who are her only family besides her father. When one of the members of her illusion dies, Sorina feels devastated and she doesn’t understand how can a illusion die if they’re only a illusion that her mind created. During her search for answers,  her paths crosses with the mysterious gossip worker named Luca who seems to know everything about Gomorrah. He believes that the murderer is one of the jinx worker(magic) from Gomorrah so together they both start to investigate to find the murderer. When the killer murders another of her illusions, Sorina becomes even more desperate to save her family and she needs to find the killer before he kills her remaining family members.

Sorina is a pretty likable and relatable character. She’s fun, determined and stubborn character. She’s strong yet vulnerable. She feels insecure about her freaky face with no eyes and because of her non-existence friends in her life she creates her own family that she deeply cares. I loved Luca! He is mysterious, fun and an arrogant bad boy.  I enjoyed the relationship between Luca and Sorina and I’m glad it wasn’t an insta-love. The romance between them was sweet but I didn’t liked their abrupt kisses which felt a bit meh. As for the other characters, I also enjoyed Sorina’s illusions who are like a family to her. First we have Nicoletta, an elder sister figure who is also sorina’s freakshow manager. Next we have Crown, an old grandpa who have nails instead of hair in his body. Venera has a beautiful face with a flexible body that can be bend in any shape.  Blister, a cute fire breathing baby who is only one year old. Hawk – An half girl half hawk who has claws and wings. Gill –  a boy who has gills on his neck to breath underwater. He’s kinda authority figure in her family who mostly keeps to himself and loves to read. Unu and Du – a twin headed boy who are both fun and witty. And finally, we have Tree man who looks like a tree with a bark skin and can crush anyone pretty easily under his clubbed feet.

The plot is interesting but it really wasn’t amazing enough for me to fangirl over. The story started with a good start but slowly it became less intriguing for me. The pacing is slow and the mystery isn’t hard to guess if you pay close attention to every details because there are some hints. Even before going halfway through the book, I already guessed the killer and when it was finally revealed, I wasn’t really surprised. I’m not saying it was a bad read because I did enjoyed reading it but I expected more from it. The story was told from Sorina’s first person POV. For a debut author, the writing was pretty good. It was flawless and captivating through out.  I loved the world the author created especially Gomorrah. It’s the best part of this book and I really wished that I could visit a place like that.

Overall, I liked it! Although it didn’t blew my mind away, there are still some good aspects in this book that I really enjoyed.  

Recommend it?
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I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read dark YA fantasy filled with magic, mystery and a light romance but I would suggest you to lower your expectations before getting into it. 

MY RATING:4-stars14-stars14-stars14-stars1[3.5/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read this yet? Do you like to read this book?

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20 thoughts on “Daughter of the Burning City By Amanda Foody [Review]

    • ravenblake99 August 4, 2017 / 3:18 am

      It’s really an interesting read but the execution of the story could’ve been better.

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  1. Candid Cover August 2, 2017 / 1:09 am

    I’m sorry that this one didn’t give you the wow factor that you were hoping for. It does sound like it has a unique concept, though. I hope that you love your next read a little bit more! 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 August 4, 2017 / 3:21 am

      This book was totally refreshing and unique but it’s too bad that it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. After finishing this, I picked up The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury and I loved it! 🙂


  2. Celeste August 2, 2017 / 4:55 am

    I was really looking forward to reading this, but after your review I will be lowering my expectations hahaha it’s such a shame that so many of the new releases that have gotten a lot of hype end up being disappointing 😕

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    • ravenblake99 August 4, 2017 / 3:30 am

      It’s nothing amazing but it’s still a good fantasy read and I really hope you enjoy it more than I did! Yeah, It’s a total bummer when your highly anticipated book turns out to be a disappointing read.

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      • Celeste August 4, 2017 / 4:20 am

        yeah, I’ve seen people say similar things on goodreads as well, so I’m not moving this one up on my TBR for now at least

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  3. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks August 3, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Oh, I’m sorry this didn’t fully live up to your expectations! I’m excited to read this because of the hype, but also because it sounds super atmospheric. Glad that the romance wasn’t too insta-lovey and the main character was well-developed. Wonderful review. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    • ravenblake99 August 4, 2017 / 3:33 am

      Thank you!Although I didn’t love it, I would recommend you to give this a shot because you might enjoy it more than I did. 🙂


  4. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books August 4, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I’m so sorry that this book didn’t live up to your expectations but I’m glad you enjoyed it despite the flaws. I don’t think I’ll be picking this up anytime soon. Loved your review!

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  5. Kelly August 4, 2017 / 2:10 am

    Such a great review! You really went into detail about the main characters and I loved reading about them. I am sorry to hear that this one didn’t really meet your expectations, though – I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, so I might still pick it up one of these days, but I know now that I probably shouldn’t go into it expecting it to be the most amazing book ever.

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    • ravenblake99 August 6, 2017 / 3:38 am

      Thank you! This wasn’t really a bad read and I hope you enjoy it more than I did! 🙂


  6. Jen August 5, 2017 / 9:29 am

    It’s SO hard when we have such high expectations going into a book and then it doesn’t live up to it. I’m sorry that happened here, but I’m so happy to hear how much you love the world that was created! It’s always so much fun learning about a new one. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 August 6, 2017 / 3:42 am

      IKR? I’m glad that it wasn’t a total disappointment! The world building in this book is definitely the major highlight of this book. It’s quite fascinating! 🙂

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