Monday, February 18, 2013

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.
Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 361
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

I enjoyed City of a Thousands Dolls a lot, but was a little disappointed when I first started reading since I'd heard a lot of hype about the book. The plot, overall, I really liked since it kept me wanting to know more by every page.

The main character, Nisha, seemed to almost be two different people sometimes. At the beginning she was quiet and would do anything for her best friend Tani, and listen to whatever she said. But then she had this almost snap change and was this brave person who was always scared but never seemed to shy away from the challenge of catching the killer. For that, her character seemed all over the place during certain parts of the book, which was the main disappointment for me.

I really liked the things that made this book unique, like how she could communicate with cats in her head, and how cats were sacred in the city. The different tribes that you find out about in the book were really interesting and I think Forster did a good job of making them intriguing and different.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a new setting and mystery--and there are some cute boys that will definitely catch your attention. Although the book is not overflowing with romance it was refreshing to have it more subtle and the focus be more on a powerful female lead.

This book is on shelves now!

Happy reading!
Amanda, age 17

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