Book Review: City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Posted August 11, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2013-02-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: My Own
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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 little girl. 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. She makes her way as Matron's errand girl, 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 also her life.

“City of a Thousand Dolls” is an ARC that has been sitting on my TBR shelf for months. I kept going back and forth about whether I wanted to read it. The story intrigued me a lot but there really wasn’t a whole lot of people who where saying that they liked it. I don’t normally let other people’s thoughts cloud my decision-making but this one just sat on my brain forever. I finally gave in and decided to give this novel a shot. I wanted to make the decision for myself. I have to say that I loved it. I read the entire novel in one day.

Nisha is a great main character. I loved her from the very beginning. She was written in such a way that I was intrigued and very interested in who she was and where she came from. Nisha was different then all the other girls plus she could talk to cats. CATS?! I’m not sure cats would be the animal I would want to communicate with but it is still pretty cool all the same. Nisha becomes a little bit of a detective in this book trying to figure out the mystery of why a girl died and what happened in the events that followed.

This fantasy world is so much fun. I loved getting to know about the different castes and how each girl was different and separated into the different castes. Then to learn what each caste was training their girls to do. I was so enthralled into this story. It has been awhile since I read an actual fantasy world book. I loved that Forster created this entire world and empire. An empire that has its own myths and fantasy creatures. I love the Sune. I can’t wait to find out more about them.

The story line for “City of a Thousand Dolls” was fantastic. There was fantasy mixed with mystery. Nisha had to solve a murder before another one happened but while she tried to figure out the truth, she also was able to discover the truth about herself. This is a great story about self discovery and learning to not only protect yourself but to be loyal to your friends around you and protect them too.

Last but not least the writing. Forster is a great writing. This is her debut novel and I think she did an excellent job at it. The writing did not come across as being amateur at all. I felt like all the write words were chosen and that her sentences and sentence structure was all perfect. I really don’t understand what all the negativity about this book was because I think it is an excellent read. I am looking forward to the sequel. Definitely check out “City of a Thousand Dolls,” I really don’t think anyone will be disappointed in this book if you like a great fantasy world and a brave heroine.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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