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Friday, December 21, 2012

Review- City of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

City of A Thousand Dolls
Miriam Forster
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN:  0062121308
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Really Liked!
From Goodreads.

The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives.

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.

City of A Thousand Dolls was a really good read! I will admit that I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning; and I’m not sure if it was the pacing of the story or the huge cast of characters that I had to keep referencing at the beginning of the book. But once I got about halfway through it changed and flowed and I felt myself being wrapped up in Nisha’s story. Oh and btw Nisha was a pretty badass heroine!

I will admit I didn’t like the love interest at all, and there wasn’t an insta love thing going on either they had a backstory that started before the book. But I didn’t like or trust him. There was another fellow that caught my eye though and he was handsome and mysterious and I loved him. Oh and there’s these cats who play a huge part in the story and Nisha can talk to them it distracted me at first but by the end I couldn’t see the story being the same without them!

Overall this was a very enjoyable High Fantasy read and I will be definitely be picking up the companion novel when it comes out.

I chose a passage between Nisha and Tac since I loved him ;)

Josei’s assistant rose and hung the word on its proper hook. He looked at the lati stick Nisha was holding and grinned. With surprising grace, he pulled a shorter fighting stick of dense ebony off the wall and held it one-handed, twirling it slowly. He raised one eyebrow at Nisha, a clear challenge.

Nisha knew she should refuse. The City allowed few men within its walls, and the girls were forbidden to socialize with them.

But she was tired. Tired and angry and scared down to her bones. And today she didn’t care about the City or its rules. The idea of fighting someone who wasn’t testing her sounded even better than beating the stuffing out of a practice dummy.

So instead of shaking her head and walking away, Nisha put down her long staff and picked up a matching fighting stick. She moved to the center of the open floor, muscles ready and knees bent.

‘Come and get me. I’m not afraid of you’

The attendant’s grin widened, and he attacked.


  1. oh this book sounds good and the cover love

  2. I don't tend to read a lot of high fantasy, but this one had caught my eye. It sounds good. I hate it when I don't know if I should trust the guy or not. I'm glad that it wasn't insta love though and they had a back story. Great review!!

  3. I'm quite particular about my high fantasy and if it had a slow start maybe I'll wait to see what you say about the companion novel first. I actually hadn't heard of this until I saw the email with your review.

    Though I have to say that passage you chose really resonates with me. I like the writing and could see myself getting caught up in it. Hmmm.

  4. High fantasies are my addiction, so I'm sure that I'll love this book despite its slow start. Hm... But having a love interest that is unlikable is a little awkward.

    Anyway, thank you for your review. Really enjoyed it!

    Angie @YA Novelties

  5. Awesome review! :D I detested this book, to be honest, but I'm glad you like it. For me, that slow start resounded with the rest of the book, and I agree about the love interest. Le sigh. Hopefully the companion will be better!


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