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(The Ghosts of Palladino #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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 Palladin
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Published August 10th 2013 (first published August 9th 2013)
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Del Lee
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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Title: Rory

Author: Ciye Cho

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 hoots

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I’ll be honest. The book had its awesome parts and it’s not-so-awesome parts. There were times where I wanted to hug my kindle until it exploded and times where I actually just wanted my kindle to explode.

Rory is a young adult fantasy which throws our protagonist from her disjointed life in the real world to a different realm altogether. An ordin
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rory is a cake decorator who gets taken by a demon into the land of Palladino, where ghosts and gargoyles and other creatures live. She is forced to train to be graceful and proper so that she can be auctioned off to a ghost lord. While she goes along with the training in order to survive, she secretly plots to escape Palladino even though she has been told it is impossible.

There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book but there were also some things that I did. I felt like there rea
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a slightly bizarre, unusual and charming book which made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

Rory is an 18 year-old girl with a mother in a psychiatric hospital. All her life her mother believed in demons who take young girls away in the dark of night and made Rory walk around with a torch and a knife, and stay home after dark.

One day Rory can't escape the dark and she is taken away to the ghost town of Palladino, where young girls are groomed and educated to serve The Ruling Lords and give
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction.

I really enjoyed the two other books I've read by Ciye Cho, so when I was approached to read and review this one I couldn't resist! Rory follows the title character as she discovers the secret world of Palladino, a land where ghosts train girls to be auctioned off to the Ruling Lords.

This may be a book about ghosts but it was like no other ghost stor
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rory was absolutely amazing! I am a huge fan of the author’s mermaid YA series, Florence, so I couldn’t wait to get started on Rory. I expected to like it a lot, but I didn’t expect to love it even more than I loved Florence! Ciye Cho is a wonderful and talented author who has a knack for creating the most fascinating worlds and the plots within those worlds. Rory was one of the most unique premises I’ve come across and was absolutely enchanting. As with Cho’s mermaid series, the cover of Rory i ...more
Rory (The Ghosts of Palladino, #1) I have many conflicting thoughts about this book. On the one hand, I think Ciye Cho has an incredible imagination, and I really enjoyed the playful tone of this story. On the other hand, there were a few things that held me back from really falling in love with this book. Let me break it down into some lists.
The Good Stuff
- I was initially intrigued by the synopsis, which told me that Rory is a baker (um, yay!), and there was plenty of pastry fun to be found i

One thing that I loved about this book was the cover. While I’m not a huge fan of the color pink, I kind of like the shimmering, rainbow iridescence of the artwork. The book, however, could only partially compete with the cover’s splendor. I had many issues with this book; lack of a concrete plot, dialogue that read strange, a cat that busted out in Kung fu moves for no reason and had a strong desire to play hopscotch, etc. Rory could have been a good book, but it was poorly executed.

Rory i
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I adore Ciye Cho's mermaid series, Florence and Luminaire, so when he asked me to review his new book, Rory, I was definitely intrigued. Then I saw the gorgeous cover and I just knew this was one book I had to read. And Ciye did not disappoint! Rory is just as fun and stunning as I hoped it would be...

Eighteen year old cake decorator, Rory, lives a wary life. All her life, her mother warned her about the demons in the dark that snatch girls away and take them to a place they can't escape. Rory,
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the matter: A character that's like a real person? No way! You can't find one of those anywhere...or can you? I like Rory. She's sassy and knows what she wants (until a certain part of the story that it but spoilers). Rory has had real hard times and real pain. In fact, thanks to the fact that it apparently doesn't matter where a group of girls is, they are all still jerks to the odd one out, she still suffers a lot when she shouldn't have to. I felt so bad for her and ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

At A Glance
Started out so interesting, then I just got bored and felt annoyed by the end.

The Good
If you were going to read Rory for one reason, it would be for the unique, insanely interesting concept. This is like no other story you have ever read. This is not your typical ghost story. Rory is all kinds of dark, beautiful, and creepy. I straight up got the chills for half this book. A person can go crazy trying to imagine all the secrets that have yet to
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sometimes, you just gotta take a chance. And I’m glad I took a chance and read Rory. Aside from the pretty cover (the blend of colors is just exquisite!) and the really cool trailer, what convinced me to read this was the peculiar idea of a world of ghosts. I had never heard of such a unique plot- and that was exactly what drew me in and had me reading on.

Rory, the main character, was quite like any other heroine. She was brave, feisty and witty. Cho does’t stick to idealism though
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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The first time I noticed Rory was when reading someone’s review. I cannot remember who, or if they even liked the book. I was just in love with the cover. The pretty pink of it all, the rainbow of colours on the title, and Rory’s dress itself. I thought it looked so beautiful, and I wanted to see if the words inside matched the beautiful cover.

And then Ciye emailed me about a review request, and I accepted. I loved the sound of the story, and I really wanted to see if it was something that I wou
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I have read by Ciye Cho and I find myself falling more and more in love with his writing every time. He has an amazing talent for creating these, enchanting, alluring worlds that are also intimidating and terrifying at the same time. Ciye Cho has the ability to use his words like a paintbrush and create the most vivid and colorful imagery. He really knows how to set the stage and it makes the story that much more enjoyable when you can picture everything around them and it ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea.

I have been a fan of Ciye Cho since reading the first two books in his Florence Waverly series last year, so when he asked me if I was willing to review Rory, the first book in a new series of his, it was a no-brainer really. Rory is a unique take on a typical ghost story, and one that I really could not get enough of.

I really liked Rory as a main character, and I think it was because she was portrayed in such a realistic way. She was definite
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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When I heard the synopsis for Rory I knew that I had to read it! The whole story sounded right up my alley and I was excited to see what this novel had in store for me. I was engaged by the first sentence and I really enjoyed reading about the world of ghosts that Cho had created.

I really liked the idea behind Rory and I was fascinated by the demons and the world of Palladino. Rory was a fun character to read about and I loved he
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting ghost story and it was really different from a lot that I've read. I really like the different take the author took. In this book we meet a girl name Rory who is aducted from earth and taken to this place called Palladino. There she's put through tons of tests to become some sort of companion to one of the Ghost Lords. I thought the world of Palladino was very well written and unique. This place where ghosts live and they kidnap human girls and put them through hell w ...more
Danielle Smiley
I just put my Kindle down and all I can say is "Wowie-wow-wow!!!! Where's the next book?!?"!

This is the second Ciye Cho book I've read. And what I love best about this author is his incrediby imaginative worlds. Cho's books are amazingly colorful and RORY takes that to a whole other level. The world of Palladino is so far beyond unique that Alice's wonderland has got nothing on it. It's scary and beautiful and filled with secrets. Without slowing the story pace down, Cho is able to paint a fant
Erin Laidley
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rory was a wonderfully imaginative read. Palladino is not your normal afterlife: it's a beautiful city for ghosts who were afraid to move on, and who require human companions to remind them of what living was like. In some ways, this book reminded me of The Selection : young girls move into a castle to be trained, and only the top girls move on to the next "round." Of course, the young ladies at the charm school have to learn far more interesting things than proper etiquette, which is where s ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I jumped at the chance to read another Ciye Cho novel. I adored his two Florence Waverley books (Florence and Luminaire) and I absolutely adore books with ghosts.

Rory tells the story of eighteen year old Aurora, a cake baker who diligently visits her mother in hospital every day before dark. Her mother had always warned Rory that the shadows are no her friend but until an incident in the night breaks Rory’s mother’s fragile mind, Rory never really understood the dangers. Now Rory is left alone i
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Synopsis: "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 Lor
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

“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 rea
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I have to say that this was one of the most unique and quirky books I have read in a long time. Rory is taken by a demon to an alien world in which the girls are forced to attend a charm school. Yes, forced into taking classes on good behavior, ballet, grooming and tea to just name a few.

Rory is not as beautiful, and statuesque as the rest of the "students" but was brought there because of a unique quality that she does have. She clashes with all of the instructors and has to try harder than mos
Jasmine Villanova
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Moon and Stars Review

I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. It was a little hard to get into. I did end up enjoying it. It was very original!

Rory is living a fairly normal life when a demon kidnaps her and takes her to Palladino. She's expected to become elegant and graceful but is unsure why. When a crazy inventor shows interest in her, Rory learns more than ever about the strange world she's found herself.

Rory was a pretty good character. It was easy to relate to her. I li
Rebecca McKinnon
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

As always, Mr. Cho's imagination shines brightly in this new series. As with his previous books, he takes us on a fascinating ride.

That said, I have to admit that while there are some really fantastic sections of this book, there are some that I could have done without. Although there are probably plenty of people who love the parts that felt to me as if they were dragging their feet.

One of the mysteries we're presented with at the start of the book - Rory's mother insisting Rory wasn
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading the novel Rory is like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. A strange tale that starts off in our world and ends up in a world I would have never imagined. Mr. Cho is a gifted writer and has a way with words that is just astounding. He weaves a tale that is so interesting it is hard to put down.

One night Rory is kidnapped by one of the demons her mother has tried to protect her from. She is taken to Palladino a place described as neither Heaven nor Hell but in between wh
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a word: Wonder-filled.
Alright in a hyphenated word.
It was such a great adventure in a great new world. I'm definitely looking forward to going back there.

I spent a lot of time with the Persephone myth last year and when I started reading I couldn't help but think this was kind of reminiscent of that. Now around it started reminding me of Beauty and the Beast.
Same difference though, we all got that right?

I don't know if that's what the author had in mind, but looking at it like that kind of m
Dani A.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Oh my God! is the first thing that pops up into my head when I think of Rory! This book was incredible, a combination of magic and action that works together to make an incredible combination! Reading Rory was discovering a new world filled with fantastic creatures among other things. The city of Palladino is the most original place I have read since Alice in Wonderland, every single aspect of this book was new and wonderful nothing was a rip off of other books (which is hard to find this days) ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't be dangling further off the edge of a cliffhanger!
It ended in a spot where I literally kept pressing the down button on my Kindle, to no avail.
Even though there were a couple of moments reading that felt repetitive, it didn't kill the story for me. This story is unlike any any others I've read. A ghost story, but not a ghost story. A touch of romance that you would love to see turn into an embrace, and action that will keep you turning the page. Or in my case, pressing the next button
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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...

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