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. .
Rory knows to stay indoors at dark. But one night after visiting her mother she makes the mistake of being out. That is when she is taken to Palladino. n Palladino there are many strange things, ghosts and demons rule. Girls are taken here to learn how to be proper girls that are then sold to the rulers of the underworld after showing off their talents. Rory does not fit in, and she wants nothing more than to get out, but she is as stuck as anyone else is. She tries her hardest to get out, but is bought by Lord Marius, who is a strange man that must be watched, he invents many interesting things. At Lord Marius’ house she finds a friend in Cookie that talking ghost cat. He is the one she talks to the most, Rory finds that Lord Marius might have a way for her to escape.
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed reading it and thought that the plot was great. I felt sorry for Rory and wished she could get back to her old life instead of being stuck with the ghosts. I kept hoping that her demon friend or the boy she talks about would come and rescue her. I was bummed at the end of the book, because I was not ready for the story to end it was sudden because I was reading the electronic version so I didn’t see it coming. I did find at times I felt the story was slow going, and I wanted things to move a bit faster.
Reviewed by Jenny
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