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 life like 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.
Wickedly dark and heart wrenching. I loved every word of it. Be prepared, you will weep, you will burn, you will fall and fall hard!
The first thing I want to note is the utterly stunning cover of the book! It is beyond beautiful – it’s a practically perfect book cover for me! I am a sucker for all things purple! Be it violet, plum, amethyst, fuchsia – I adore them all! The cover is several shades of purple and the smoked lettering is the cherry on top – Perfection.
If the cover isn’t enough then the description certainly will be. I only had to read ‘Darkly Irresistible Fantasy’ and ‘Carnival Of Debauchery’ to know that I wanted this book – I needed this book in my life.
I enjoy a good carnival/circus themed book and this has to be one of my favourite’s to date. The world that Amanda had created is so colorful and vivid – I could almost feel myself falling into the pages and joining the Gomorrah festival. Every element was captured – in no mere snapshot – but an intricate portrait to grasp in your mind. From the candy coloured stripes of each tent, to the glittering gems on a mask, nothing was left out.
The story had me hooked from the word go. That’s always a sign of a good book – you have to be grabbed and thirsty for more and DOTBC definitely does that to a person! I didn’t want to put it down (although I had to because – kids). What had me was Sorina’s character, she’s very interesting – eyeless orphan girl adopted by the circus as a young child and thrown into such a wild world. But she is no normal girl – Sorina is a jynx-worker – ‘The Girl Who See’s Without Eyes’ – and she creates illusions for all to see.
Even her ‘Family’ were crafted inside her mind. The Family felt like my own, I felt their pain, I felt their loss each time and grieved with them! I even shed a few tears – or a lot – damn you Amanda for provoking my over-active emotions!
The family members are all very individual and each have their own unique talent – which they use in their ‘Freak Show’ at the festival. I think my favourite has to be Tree – he’s huge like a bodyguard, but he tantrums like a child which is so cute and he has a gentle side that I adore! Amanda included sketches of each of the family members, so you can get a real idea of what they are like and can picture it.
Luca – ah Luca, I love him is all – he’s my new fictional crush! He’s cocky and sure of himself and incredibly self-absorbed – and although he and Sorina do not prosper at the start, their relationship flourishes and they genuinely care for each other. Luca isn’t all as he seems – that’s all I’m saying – mouth zipped!
Gomorrah has a dark side – the down hill – which caters to the more ‘wild’ activities that their customers crave. The downhill makes quite a promiscuous reputation for the festival – one which many of the religious cities they visit strongly disapprove of – but the up-mountain residents are always enticed by the festival of burning desires!
I love how she came to a conclusion – I mean I’m broken inside, shattered in fact – but it wasn’t rushed and everything tied together nicely. I didn’t get my ‘aha’ moment because I guessed who the murderer was quite early on – I didn’t like the character one bit – but it still shocked me that I was right!
Every twist and every turn, I was sucked deeper and deeper into the festivals wicked delights. I almost didn’t want to come up for air.
‘Wicked wicked to the core, the city will burn forevermore’ – Amanda Foody.