Author: Ciye Cho
Expected Publication Date: August 10th, 2013
Synopsis: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.
My Thoughts: This is the third book I have read by Ciye Cho and I find myself falling more and more in love with his writing every time. He has an amazing talent for creating these, enchanting, alluring worlds that are also intimidating and terrifying at the same time. Ciye Cho has the ability to use his words like a paintbrush and create the most vivid and colorful imagery. He really knows how to set the stage and it makes the story that much more enjoyable when you can picture everything around them and it just looks incredible and or haunting depending on the situation at hand.
So in this new series Cho has created a world that is kind of like a purgatory. It is full of ghosts who have not passed on into the afterlife. Rory manages to find herself in this world because these ghosts happen to have demon consorts who capture humans for them. They bring them to their world and feed off of their memories as most of them can't remember anything of their human life or what it was like to be human with emotions and experiences.
Despite being the main character in a seriously paranormal world Rory is the most down to earth, relate-able character I have had the pleasure to enjoy in a while. She is literally just your average girl with faults, quirks, fear, and confidence issues. But she also carries a strong fearlessness when she feels that there is injustice being done. She was great, and I loved watching her navigate her way through this insane, brand new world. It was obviously not the best place for a young girl to be trapped but she did mange to find a silver lining when she could and I admired that as well.
Rory wasn't the only character I fell in love with. All of the characters in the story were wonderfully portrayed and expertly written. Especially the adorable talking kitty, Cookie! Intimidation, fear, and awe were all very real feelings that I experienced while watching the characters play out their parts on the pages.
This is the start of a series I know that I am going to love. It was a great introductory book that absolutely sinks it's claws into you. I can't wait to read more about the world of Palladino and the adventures of Rory within. The hardest part now is to wait until the release of the next book in the series. The pace in the story was perfect, not too fast as well as not being to slow or boring at any time. Thank you to Ciye Cho for sharing his new novel with me, I can't wait to see what comes next! This book is set to be released one month from today, so be sure to make a note of it and grab it when it comes out, you want want to miss this new inventive and unique series from Ciye Cho!