City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster!
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 trailer 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 girl's death. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls-but also her life.
Time for Court!
The Story: The synopsis was going to well until it reached the damn forbidden flirtation. I just don't understand why romance has to be brought into every single thing! At least keep it out of the synopsis and have it surprise attack me in the book. By then it'll be too late to not get the book and I'll keep reading. But, I'm hoping it's different and that he ends up actually being the killer or he dies or it's nothing but flirtation. Aside from that I love assassins so this sounds right up my alley.
The Cover: I really, really like the cover. I love the browns and yellows that are going on there. Love how the bottom is darker while the top is lighter. Love the red and the blue and how usually they'd clash but they're set perfectly well. Love the way the cover is designed, the girl in the middle, the cats on the sides. Love that she's standing on that river (I think it's a river) that leads to who knows where.
The Verdict: Despite the forbidden flirtation this one will actually get a Guilty! Guilty enough to read because it sounds damn good! Going to add this to my amazon wishlist right now! And that, my fellow Chroniclers, is law!
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