CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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.
Flowing with adventure, talking cats, and assassinated girls CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is a fantasy book that begs to be picked up.
When Nisha was a baby she was abandoned at the City of a Thousand Dolls, a place were girls who aren't wanted or can't be taken care of are sent to. Now sixteen, Nisha lives in the shadows working as Matron's informer. Her closest friends are a tribe of cats that can talk to her in her mind.
Soon Nisha begins questioning her mysterious past and why she was abandoned. Then things take a turn for the worst, girls are being murdered and if Nisha doesn't find the murderer, not only will the City be shut-down but Nisha's life will be at stake.
CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS isn't perfect. Miriam Foster didn't have enough world-building, she didn't really explain how the city looks. Another part that occasionally annoyed me was when one of the background characters said something, it seemed like they were being forced, but then, like I said, that wasn't very often.
The novel was pretty good for a debut, I really liked the way Miriam was able to create another race and world. Usually talking cats would get on my nerves, since I hate books where animals can talk, but since they only talked to Nisha, it was pretty cool especially with what happened in the end. You should definitely read CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS, I'm pretty glad I did.