“Far beyond heaven, earth and hell is a city known as Palladino, a place ruled by ghosts and filled with demons, magic, and all sorts of darkly beautiful things. A city where no one can ever escape.
Eighteen-year-old Rory is a cake decorator who makes stunning confections. But no amount of frosting or miracles can save her when a demon kidnaps her–and carries her to Palladino. Here, Rory ends up in a deadly charm school where young women are forced to become companions for the Ghost Lords. And for her to survive, Rory must become everything that she isn’t: graceful, elegant… and perfect.
But nothing is what it seems in Palladino. Not the magic. Not the ghosts. And definitely not Martin Marius, the bizarre Ghost Lord-slash-inventor who is drawn to Rory. For amid a thousand machines and a hundred cats, Martin holds a secret that could change everything. A secret that could either free Rory… or destroy her.”
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Author: Ciye Cho
Where did I get the book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 3.5 Bookworms
Rory’s life gets turned upside down. On her way home after visiting her mother she finds herself being kidnapped by a fearsome creature with wings. Suddenly in a world that no one believes exists she has to fight to not only fit in but also stay alive. Until she lands in the hands of Martin Marius. Then she has to fight for something completely different.
This was the most colourful book I have read in a long time. Not only is the world so bright and filled with interesting creatures but also with characters that made it a really good read. I did at times feel a bit lost in all the details and would have like to see Rory fight for her freedom a little bit more.
Rory is very real characters. She is stubborn, not too beautiful and definitely not as talented as the rest of the girls. She is resourceful and at the same time a little bit stupid at times. I loved her friendship with the talking ghost cat cookie (HE WAS ADORABLE). And I loved her quickly growing relationships with other characters.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading more of Ciye Cho’s books.
- Review: Rory (staybookish.wordpress.com)