Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Aaaah it’s been almost a month since I published a blog post. I’m such a bad blogger! I’ve barely read anything recently – not because I’ve been in a reading slump, but because I’ve been so insanely busy. My sister and I went to London to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Leavesden and the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. I’ll be writing a blog post all about that!

For now, I’m going to share my review of a book I got at YALC this year: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I finally got there in the end!

Who doesn't like a book with dark, circus-themed stories, illusionists, magic, and murder?! You'll love Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

Reality is in the eye of the beholder…

Even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus that has always been her home sixteen-year-old 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 of 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. Now she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.


Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

If you don’t know by now, Neal Shusterman is high on my auto-buy authors list. I love his intriguing synopses, crazily imaginative but scarily realistic storylines, and complex characters. One of my favourite books (not just by Neal Shusterman, but of all time) is Challenger Deep. Gahhh that book is amazing and if you haven’t read it, it should definitely be on your TBR!

Today, I’m going to review another one of Shusterman’s books, Scythe. I listened to it as an audiobook and my god, I loved it. Here are my thoughts…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - book cover

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.