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Paranormal YA Review: Rory by Ciye Cho

Rory by Ciye Cho (The Ghosts of Palladino #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Far beyond heaven, earth and hell is a city known as Palladino, a place ruled by ghosts and filled with demons, magic, and all sorts of darkly beautiful things. A city where no one can ever escape.

Eighteen-year-old Rory is a cake decorator who makes stunning confections. But no amount of frosting or miracles can save her when a demon kidnaps her—and carries her to Palladino. Here, Rory ends up in a deadly charm school where young women are forced to become companions for the Ghost Lords. And for her to survive, Rory must become everything that she isn’t: graceful, elegant... and perfect.

But nothing is what it seems in Palladino. Not the magic. Not the ghosts. And definitely not Martin Marius, the bizarre Ghost Lord-slash-inventor who is drawn to Rory. For amid a thousand machines and a hundred cats, Martin holds a secret that could change everything. A secret that could either free Rory... or destroy her.

Amazon kindle US($0.99)/UK(£0.77)


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This was a slightly bizarre, unusual and charming book which made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

Rory is an 18 year-old girl with a mother in a psychiatric hospital. All her life her mother believed in demons who take young girls away in the dark of night and made Rory walk around with a torch and a knife, and stay home after dark.

One day Rory can't escape the dark and she is taken away to the ghost town of Palladino, where young girls are groomed and educated to serve The Ruling Lords and give them their memories, so the monsters will remember how to be alive.

The only thing Rory wants to do is to survive and escape, but her bravery, boldness and her talent as a cake maker attract attention of two of The Ruling Lords. One is Herve The Hunter, a dark sadistic monster, who tortures and kills anything surrounding him, and the other is Martin Marius, a whimsical mad hatter, an inventor and a dreamer with a penchant for cats.

Only one of them can set her free, but she is stuck in a tug of war between two enemies in a plot bigger than her escape, plot that threatens the existence of Palladino, the town of ghosts.

I really enjoyed Ciye Cho's writing. It's simple but but at the same time whimsical and beautiful. Also you can't help but fall in love with the descriptions of Palladino and with Rory's best friend - a ghost cat Cookie. Recommended.

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Очень милая вышла книжка, и очень экцентричная. Она безумно напомнила мне Алису в Стране Чудес.

Мама 18-летней Авроры находится в психиатрической лечебнице после несчастного случае, когда её сбила машина. Всё жизнь Рори, мама говорила той бояться темноты, в которой обитают демоны, что крадут юных девушек и забирают их туда, откуда им не вернуться. Именно благодаря матери Рори носит с собой складной нож и фонарик, но даже те не спасают её когда она оказывается на дороге в темноте и демон уносит её в призрачный город Палладино.

В прекрасном и чудноватом Палладино девушек со всего мира учат быть компаньонками Правящих Лордов, монстров, которых мало-помалу вытягивают из своих компаньонок воспоминания, который помогают им вспомнить каково это быть людьми.

Единственное, что хочет Рори, это выжить и сбежать из города призраков. Однако её храбрость, дерзкое поведение и талант пекаря, создающего чудесные торты привлекают внимание двух правящих Лордов: тёмного садиста Херве-Охотника, и сумасшедшего чудаковатого гения изобретателя, коллекционирующего котов, Мартина Мариуса.

Один из них её убьёт, второй поможет ей сбежать, и теперь Рори  застряла между двумя врагами и посреди заговора, который может уничтожить весь Палладино, и только радужный демон Манни и говорящий призрачный кот - Куки  - её единственные союзники.

Мне очень книжка понравилась, красивый мир, интересная история и совершенно непредсказуемое развитие событий. Рекомендую.


Aurian said...

Wow this does sound bizarre, not really my taste, but my stepdaughter might like it.

Unknown said...

Curiouser and curiouser...:)

Mishel said...

I added this a little while back for the cover and the synopsis. I like how different the book sounds. Unusual and bizarre can sometimes turn out to be a great and satisfying read, I'll have to check this one out =)

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