Daughter of the Burning City ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

I really did enjoy this book but it did take me a while to actually finish it because of school work and tv shows. I’ve been doing things every weekend and this has affected how much reading I’ve been able to do. But I finished it and I liked it! This book was always in my school and bag so whenever I had a chance I took to reading it. 

I’ve also decided to post at 5 during the week because my last class is at four so it just works out better to be posting later. 

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review:

This book had mystery and romance in it and they were really well balanced. I will say that the beginning is a little slow but it had a lot of world building and character development in it so I didn’t really mind it as much. 

I got really into this book around the half way mark and ended up flying through it. The romance also started around half way which meant that it was never overbearing and it wasn’t anything like insta love. Of course, this book is only like 400 pages so if there was going to be any romance then you would expect it at about the half way mark. 

The main character did seem a little childish but I think all her ideas for her family were really cool. I think there was only like two or three times when I was like “wait did she actually just say that” and “I can’t believe I just read that with my own two eyes.” There was never a point where I had to stop because I got so annoyed with her, which has sadly happened before. 

I will also mention that the chapters in this book are a little longer than normal, at least to me. This isn’t really anything negative but as I think I’ve mentioned before, I like stopping at the end of chapters. This just meant that if I started reading in class, I would run the risk of being stopped in the middle of a chapter.

This book would be good for any fan of mystery who also likes the fantasy aspect of a mystical circus. There’s definitely no need for any age restrictions when it comes to this book because it’s very very tame. I’m not sure if I would be one the first books I think of when asked to give a recommendation but it would be somewhere on my mental list, at least for the next few months.