Thursday, April 4, 2013

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster [Review]

City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release:  February 5, 2013
Hardcover: 361 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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
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Shannon's Thoughts:
City of a Thousand Dolls has a lot of promise.  The world Forster has created was really rich and interesting.  I like the Asian influences she has employed.  It is different than a lot of fantasy books out there.  In all honesty, I wanted more exploration of the Bhinian Empire and the City of a Thousand Dolls.  Perhaps we will learn more in the subsequent books.

But as much as I liked the setting, I never really connected to the characters or plot.  I never really felt like I had a good handle on the characters and their personalities, motivations, or desires.  I felt like it was written more for the middle grade set than the young adult set, but I think there is so much room for growth.  I am excited to see where Forster takes her story. 

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