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  1. says: City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls

    READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY As seen on The ReadventurerMy first read of 2013 and well my advice is skip it I finished it so you don't have to It is sad mostly because City of a Thousand Dolls is written so earnestly and with such good intentions You ca

  2. says: READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls

    City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] Girl hangs out with cats solves mysteries and kicks ass Me gusta

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    City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] To be uite honest I'm not entirely sure what urged me to read City of a Thousand Dolls the day it was released or even at all I'm not and most likely never will be a high fantasy fan and usually steer clear of high fantas

  4. says: READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY

    READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] There's something uite nostalgic about Miriam Forster's CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS I've always been a reader a rather voracious one but I remembe

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    City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY ACTUAL FULL REVIEWOriginal will be posted on my blog on January 10th 2013 here Note due to copy and paste formatting and links have been lostI'

  6. says: REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book]

    REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster For me at least City of a Thousand Dolls is a cautionary tale in style versus substance Stylistically this is a book that hits all the right notes it’s rich and inviting and takes inspirations from several different Asian cultures to create a rather uniue reading experience; it’s certainly not a book that lacks for world building Yet at the same time substantively I really don’t feel the actual story lives up to t

  7. says: READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls

    READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls A fantastical murder mystery with a creative premise heart pounding pacing and characters with secrets to keep

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    Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] Enriched with cultural details and patterned with vibrant descriptions City of Thousand Dolls was an exotic fantastical story mingled with murder mystery and ancient cultsAn isolated estate that gave refuge to orphan girl abandoned after birth and trains them in various arts such as music dancing combat etc Sixteen years Nisha never belonged to any one particular house making her way as Matron’s assistant But when she began f

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    City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book] Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster's debut novel is glorious Nisha is a resident of the City of a Thousand Dolls The city is a walled off district for unwanted female babies where they are raised to be skilled members of society then sold to b

  10. says: READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY City of a Thousand Dolls [Pdf/E–book]

    REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster I don't get itthis book is uite good and yet it's not that popular? Well it's not perfect BUT IT'S GOOD I still remember adding City of A Thousand Dolls to my TBR in 2012 really looking forward to read it once it comes out But then it kinda got lost in the sea of other YA new releases in 2013 and the early reviews are not that promising even now the average rating is 37? So I lost interest back thenBut dang I should know better than to trus

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READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster

City of a Thousand Dolls

REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster An exotic treat set in an entirely original fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery forbidden romance and heart stopping adventureNisha 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. As seen on The ReadventurerMy first read of 2013 and well my advice is skip it I finished it so you don t have to It is sad mostly because City of a Thousand Dolls is written so earnestly and with such good intentions You can tell that the author meant this novel to be about diverse characters and diverse cultures Too bad it s just not that great of a novel It is simply lacking in sophistication and maturityCity of a Thousand Dolls is another Asian inspired fantasy which I would advise fans of good clever inventive fantasy not to bother with and read Alison Goodman s Eon Dragoneye Reborn duology instead On the other hand if you are not picky or experienced with fantasy or don t mind your YA very young sure go for it The world building here is interesting enough at the very least exotic Its roots are hard to pin point unlike let s say in the case of obviously Japanese inspired Stormdancer There are touches of Japanese culture here with fans and tea ceremonies dark skin castes and names of India demographic politics of China All in all these pieces create if not a uniue and new imaginary world but it least different from the normal Western onesAt the center of this story is the City of a Thousand Dolls a shelter and a place of study for unwanted girls This city is necessary because of the Bhinian Empire s rigidly enforced two child limit which as it usually does means that its citizens are invested in keeping sons and getting rid of girl children The City has several schools Houses that teach the abandoned girls music medicine and seduction basically your common high class prostitution and assassination skills When the girls reach adulthood they are practically sold to the highest bidderThe main character of the novel Nisha is an assistant to the City s Matron and as often in such novels a special kind of girl or so we are told The main plot of the book is Nisha s investigation of sudden deaths of several City s girlsNot to go into any great detail the reasons why City of a Thousand Dolls didn t work for me are the ones that I keep writing about over and over again The uality of writing is of MG level which makes the whole attempt to write romance into this story with passionate kissing and such uite a failure The romance is juvenile and void of complexity there is no other way to describe it The hierarchy of the City is shaky Sometimes it s hard to understand why certain people have the audacity to be disrespectful to their superiors and of course there is the usual special snowflake cliche that makes our heroine special without her doing and being anything special but having a special position in this world nevertheless The reasonings and motivations are unclear too sometimes Why such angst and surprise at the news of arranged marriages or employments when the main purpose of the City is just that to find unwanted girls places to live or work once they are of age Plus circling back to the issue of arranged marriages and such isn t this too tired of a trope to base a story on the only reason for angst and conflict It s pretty much the most worn out trope in speculative YA right nowAnd the last thing that makes the book so young is the talking cats I m sorry but I believe that talking animals belong mainly in children s lit unless it s Bulgakov s The Master and MargaritaBasically I found this novel very simplistic and immature albeit well meaning and generally decently written It just doesn t match the level of uality I prefer in my books But sure give it to your 12 year old Wait but how would you explain it to be appropriate to have schools that educate mistresses and prostitutes and assassins in an MG book A lot of strange disconnect in this novel Handbook of Psychophysiology just a child Now sixteen she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate where orphan. As seen on The ReadventurerMy first read of 2013 and well my advice is skip it I finished it so you don t have to It is sad mostly because City of a Thousand Dolls is written so earnestly and with such good intentions You can tell that the author meant this novel to be about diverse characters and diverse cultures Too bad it s When Movements Become Parties just doesn t match the level of uality I prefer in my books But sure give it to your 12 year old Wait but how would you explain it to be appropriate to have schools that educate mistresses and prostitutes and assassins in an MG book A lot of strange disconnect in this novel

REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls

REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster 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 hersel. For me at least City of a Thousand Dolls is a cautionary tale in style versus substance Stylistically this is a book that hits all the right notes it s rich and inviting and takes inspirations from several different Asian cultures to create a rather uniue reading experience it s certainly not a book that lacks for world building Yet at the same time substantively I really don t feel the actual story lives up to the setting behind the exotic fashions the politicking and the courtesan intrigue everything from the murder plot to the romantic relationship to even the role of the City in the history and politics of this Empire the story is supposedly ultimately about just felt way too easyThat said the summary at least is a hundred percent accurate I can certainly see the original fantastical world as advertised which seems to me like it s sort of inspired particularly by Memoirs of a Geisha with the ceremony and the fashion though I for one would never notice the difference between a flirting robe and an intimate relationship robe and the misogynistic focus on unwanted girls who are at this estate where they re trained to be wives so this society doesn t collapse on itself along with some tones of India and Southeast Asia for added effect The only weakness I noticed is that a lot of the backstory behind the origins of the Bhinian Empire particularly the reasons for the two child policy the preference for boys and why this City for abandoned girls has to exist is told through some really bad exposition magic gone awry so there s a disconnect between the setting and the plot I get why the story unfolds the way it does but I really didn t see any connection between the murdered girls plot and the entire rather complicated backstory The identity of the killer is some fairly standard stuff that d be generic even for a mystery or thriller the investigation is bogged down by the vivid descriptions than served by it and the end with all the reveals left me far less than impressed with the direction of this Empire once the killer s caughtThen add to that the fact that I m not the kind of reader who thinks vivid descriptions of style and customs and courtesan intrigue alone makes for a good read and you see where I m going I wanted to like Nisha but when the most polite way of describing this book is saying it s a murder mystery with some heavy duty world building plastered on to cover up how shallow the murder mystery plot actually is well I guess it s foreseeable that the main character ends up being a generic spunky Nancy Drew type with gumption yes but also just as much distinctiveness as a character namely not much A lot of Nisha s detecting comes across the same way for example she hears rumors of a mysterious house of assassins decides to investigate stumbles into the woods and discovers the house even though the assassins are supposed to be just a rumor Huh And it turns out these secret assassins aren t even the culprits and actually I m still not uite sure what their purpose is besides ill advised red herring Not to mention Nisha s relationship with Devan and her friendship with Tanaya both come across in the same saccharine sweet way for most of the book so much so the one eighty character developments both undergo makes them really unpalatable characters towards the endStill my biggest problem is that despite the richness of the setting all of it feels incredibly underused In addition to the murderer there are some additional antagonists for Nisha like Devan s power hungry relatives but despite how much is discussed about the politics of the Empire their connections to the murdered girls plot is almost zero and ultimately uite silly Instead I wanted to know about the politics and history of the Empire the magic and the various peoples and everything else that s introduced and revealed about Nisha and her family that makes her seem like uite a special snowflake and importantly see how these details are tied with the murders but nothing really came of it Instead there s a lot of stuff about the Lotus Emperor that s thrown around but doesn t really seem to have any bearing on the actual plot except to give certain members of Nisha s family a license to behave like jerks And the talking cats I m actually a fan of talking animals but what s revealed over the course of the story about their origins and how they re handled in the end had me uestioning why Forster decided to just drop that huge bombshell at the end when I really don t see what purpose the reveal serves besides to totally screw over Devan give Nisha a textbook happily ever afterI guess yeah City of a Thousand Dolls is definitely a great concept but I really don t feel it knows what kind of book it wants to be A complex fantasy A murder mystery An Asian inspired fantasy tackling the issues with these types of misogynistic societies So it ends up trying to do all of the above but in reality doesn t manage to do any of it effectively

READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster

REVIEW City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster Î 1 SUMMARY READ ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK Î Miriam Forster F imagine a life outside the walls Until one by one girls around her start to dieBefore 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 lif. Miriam Forster s debut novel is glorious Nisha is a resident of the City of a Thousand Dolls The city is a walled off district for unwanted female babies where they are raised to be skilled members of society then sold to be wives mistresses apprentices and It s not a perfect solution but it s better than exposure so says the Matron Nisha s mistressNisha is unwanted than most She came to the city not as a baby but a child She has no caste The Matron took her on as an assistant but as she comes of age her position is uite precarious Plus she s carrying on an affair with a noble boy Devan If the affair is discovered it could cost Nisha her life But when several girls commit suicide Nisha is suspicious of something sinister and begins to investigate Along the way she discovers many things about the cities dark corners and her own pastFittingly since the novel is called CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS the setting is uite elaborate Forster goes for a pan Asian feel There are touches of Chinese and Indian history and culture among others and the vast majority of the girls are described as having South Asian features But Forster wisely doesn t make it an analog of a single place And certain touches such as the city itself are pure fantasy I hated that characters kept going Well the City of a Thousand Dolls isn t perfect but things could be worse and easily dismissing reform Nisha addressing her home s problems was as cheering as her own growthI enjoyed the mystery aspect as well I don t think Nisha has a real future as a detective but she did the best she could and kept asking uestions and trusting her gut that something was wrong I liked that Nisha was in a good position to investigate because she had connections to all the Houses CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS showcases a variety of feminine strengths Not even the girls of the House of Beauty are defenselessAlso Nisha can talk to cats I ll give you a moment to be jealousCITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS tackles tough sociology issues in a lush setting with a resilient heroine and an interesting supporting cast I was breathless through the climax and uite happy that Forster leaves a few open threads to hopefully be explored in future books This is the best sort of vibrant exciting adventure that fantasy is capable of

  • Hardcover
  • 359
  • City of a Thousand Dolls
  • Miriam Forster
  • English
  • 23 March 2020
  • 9780062121301