Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: August 10, 2013
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.
“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.” – Rory
Rory: The Ghosts of Palladino book one follows 18-year-old Rory, a cake decorator from the small town of Avondale as she tries to find her way back to earth and away from the hell that is Palladino.
Ciye Cho is amazing! Rory is such an interesting and different kind of story. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Having a world that was built specifically for ghosts to live out their afterlife without crossing over was such a cool idea.
Cho was able to describe Palladino in such a descriptive way that I was able to imagine all the wonders of the world. When I first started reading this book I wasn’t crazy about Rory as a character. She felt a bit immature for an 18-year-old, but as the story progressed we got to see many sides to her.
I adored Martin Marius! He was so mysterious and proper and yet every once in a while you got a little peek into what made him tick. His inventions were so cool and Cookie, oh my god, most adorable cat ever! I loved his relationship with Rory and the way he was like a little child instead of a cat. Manny was also another one of my favorite characters. I’d love to learn a bit more about him too.
Outside of the characters, who I think were great and hope we learn more about in the next book, I really loved the setting. Palladino seems like such a magical place with it’s hot air balloons, ghost lords, alchemy. I really enjoyed reading this story and I can’t wait until the next part comes out! I’d highly recommend Rory to anyone looking for a unique paranormal novel to read.
Ciye Cho lives in Australia and works as a graphic designer. He writes YA novels in his free time--and his head is often lost in the clouds or some place far from reality...