A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.
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.
*THANK YOU TO Harlequin (Australia) & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.*
Cover Image taken from Goodreads.
Both the cover above and the other cover are gorgeous. I especially love the colour and how simple most of it is except the city of tents at the bottom. I also like the smoke around the text representing the smoke over the city.
I’m loving Amanda Foody’s writing, especially for a debut author, this book is amazing. The world building in this book was amazing, Foody created a crazy and unique world that was so easy to vividly imagine. I also really enjoy that this is a standalone book, stand alones are unique in fantasy writing and having a book that was this well done and rounded off in 400 pages is remarkable and also refreshing. I can’t wait for what she comes up with next!
There was one little thing that confused me a little, and this may be a little spoilery. But our main character has no eyes, yet she can still see. At first, I was so confused because they didn’t actually say at the start that she has no eyes yet can see, it was just said that she had no eyes. So when they said that she saw something or noticed something I was so confused. And then there was a point where she was crying and I was just thinking HOW?!?!? It wasn’t until later in the book that it said she was crying but then said well actually she was sobbing because she couldn’t actually cry. I think overall that could have been explained a bit better from the start.
This book is not only a YA fantasy but also a mystery! This book was unique in every way and had so many unexpected twists and turns that it was hard to put the book down at times. When going into this I wasn’t expecting such a mysterious book so I was joyfully surprised because of it. This book was a bit slower at times, but during those times it allowed for that amazing world development that this book had.
I really enjoyed that this book was mostly about family. Sorina was an enjoyable character and I liked seeing her develop. She also always felt real, her struggles were still there, she didn’t just one day wake up as badass female as it seems like most YA characters do after something bad happens.
Luca is a mysterious and interesting character and I won’t share much as I don’t want to spoil anything. But I did enjoy his character, he was loyal even when everything was kinda going to crap.
Kahina was the kind and caring motherly figure that always knew what Sorina needed to hear, even if she didn’t want to hear it.
I also loved all of her illusions, they reminded me of the Peculiar Children in some ways as their gifts and powers were just so unique. They were all so loyal to their family and would do anything to keep each other safe. Some we got to know more than others. Venera was the fun reckless sister and Nicoleta the one that held them all together. I liked Hawk’s gift the most out of them all, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?!
Overall I really enjoyed this book! The world building, the characters, and the mystery are all amazing in this book. This book was beautifully written and I can’t wait to see what’s next from Amanda Foody!