City of A Thousand Dolls

City of A Thousand Dolls

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"Nisha lives in the City of a Thousand Dolls, a remote estate where orphan girls in the Empire become apprentices as musicians, healers, and courtesans, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. When girls begin to die, Nisha begins to uncover the secrets that surround the deathers--jeopardizing not only her own future within the City but her own life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062121301
0062121308
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y FORSTER, M

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MelifluousView May 15, 2018

Nisha's story is set in a believable fantasy world, and her desperate attempt to solve the mystery of the murders in this orphanage/geisha training city is motivated by her own longing to know where she belongs and unravel where she came from and who she is. I loved the ending; it definitely made... Read More »


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MelifluousView May 15, 2018

Nisha's story is set in a believable fantasy world, and her desperate attempt to solve the mystery of the murders in this orphanage/geisha training city is motivated by her own longing to know where she belongs and unravel where she came from and who she is. I loved the ending; it definitely made me cry. Also, I really like Jerritt.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 30, 2016

This would definitely be one of the top mystery/fantasy books that I have read in a while. The whole idea behind the book runs a lot deeper than just a bunch of girls in training for their lives. Love, war, despair, murders... why not just mix it all together to get your classically great book? To this day I am still a bit confused with the chronological sequence of this book and the other one: Empire of Shadows. But I guess if I view them separately, everything might make a bit more sense. This was recommended by a friend, but I really felt like I could have appreciated it more if I was a younger age and more focused. 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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biggles26
May 09, 2014

this book is so good I stayed up until 4am reading it! On a school night!

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ADWithrow
Dec 18, 2013

This was a really entertaining read. It was easy to imagine a place like the city existing and operating as it did in the story. The plot was really well thought out and the characters were really strong.

I enjoyed being surprised by the killer as well as the full ending of the book. I appreciated how the author was able to slowly make you care about each character.

The cats were particularly amusing. Definitely a solid read and an author I will keep my eye on.

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rakusa88
Jul 20, 2013

A fun fantasy mystery with themes of coming-of-age, independence and gender politics. The fantasy and “talking to cats” elements strongly reminded me of Tamora Pierce’s fantasy series, though the Bhinian Empire has a much stronger Asian influence (which has been steadily trickling into YA fiction recently). The story focused on Nisha’s solitary journey but was rather simple as a consequence. However, there is great potential in this fantasy world that has yet to be explored and additional characters to develop. Hopefully the next in the series will as good or better.

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chandracalvey
Apr 22, 2013

so good! can't wait for a sequel!!!

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biggles26
May 09, 2014

biggles26 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

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