The Ghosts of Palladino
by Ciye Cho
Just released: August 2013
Publisher: Studio Amazepop
Genre: Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, YA
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.
Ghosts of Palladino series:
Rory - book 1
book 2 - tba
In-a-word(s): works of whimsy
Nice start to series and introduction to a magical place with inhabitants that include ghosts, demons and other creatures I shall not name. (don't want to be spoilerish)
There were some girly and fashionista moments similar to when preparing for beauty pageants. However, there are also adventure and action scenes to balance out the sweet stuff.
I liked how cake decorating figured into the story and the cats were cute ;-)
* review copy courtesy of author
* part of event: Ghostly Ghosts