Friday, February 16, 2018

The Friday 56 (125) & Book Beginnings: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
30237061Synopsis from Goodreads...

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...
Beginning: "I peek from behind the tattered velvet curtains at the chattering audience, their mouths full of candied pineapple and kettle corn."

56: "Throughout the story, Villiam keeps a stoic expression, as if contemplating a puzzle from one of his books. I don't know how he can keep himself so contained."
Comments: I have finally read Daughter of the Burning City, and liked the story more than I thought I would. I kind of wish there was a sequel. What are you reading this week?


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    1. I had the same reaction the first time I read the synopsis. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Forgot to say... (in my excitement) lol

    My post is here: http://bit.ly/2o5Q4b9 and I'm talking about 'The Magus' A fantasy romance, with rave reviews. I'm very excited to discover these authors! ;)

    Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. I love that beginning! Books with circuses - especially if they're on the dystopian side appeal to me.

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    1. That's also one of the things that drew me to Daughter of the Burning City. I'm a fan of circus themed books. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. The opening lines are so vivid I can see the scene. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I also like the opening because it's a perfect place to begin the story. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. This does sound good. Is it really a stand-alone fantasy? The week I am featuring Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

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    1. I haven't seen anything about a sequel for Daughter of the Burning City; although, I wish there was because it was such a good story. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. I'm not sure. It sounds a bit creepy for me. Plus, I wondered how people were chattering with their mouths full.

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  7. Sounds so very intriguing to me!! Happy weekend!

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  8. This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

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  9. Oh my gosh, the cover is stunning! I wish I were drawn to circus stories more, but somehow they don't really call out to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it though!

    My Friday post

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    1. The cover is gorgeous and perfectly captures the look of the Gomorrah Festival described in the book. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. I haven't read this one yet and it is one that I am really excited to read. I hope that you enjoy it! :)

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    1. I liked this book a lot and hope you enjoy it once you get to it. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. This one sounds like an interesting premise. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It does have a unique premise, and I feel that Foody did a good job exploring the different elements mentioned in the synopsis. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Villiam is a great name. And I absolutely adore that cover! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is a great name. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Everyone is talking about Amanda Foody's upcoming release. I don't know too much about this one, but after reading the synopsis, I'm very intrigued.

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    1. I know. I'm also excited for Ace of Shades. I'm hoping it's as good as Daughter of the Burning City. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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