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    WARNING This is long, and there may be spoilers Approach with caution.Oh boy, WHERE do I start If this had been a case of a friend giving me their manuscript, I d have been able to get my red editor pencil and go nuts frankly, this would have been riddled with red marks, I could point out flaws and errors on virtually every page As the author has already chosen to publish, I don t have that option and can t focus on every specific instance of editorial critique, so I ll do my best.The problem is that this reads like a first draft, not a polished work It s not ready for publication Herein are the issues CHARACTERS Flat and cookie cutter, barely distinguishable from one another The dialogue is mainly tedious small talk and trivial gossip Dex is by far the most interesting character, but not enough to carry the story We need engaging backstories for these folks, make them unique and different They need individual voices and motivations right now, they re all kind of one big mush of the same personand Dex.Our villain is nothing than a petty little brat we need a serious, dark, dangerous villain And there has to be a reason for her villainy She takes an instant dislike to Laila without ANY reason at all You can t have a villain just for the sake of having one we need a convincing motive Even when Laila begins training as an aerialist, there are two others training with them who ve been there longer and would be a much greater threat to Vivian s success so why only target Laila Makes no sense And Vivian s so easily beaten, it doesn t make for much of a villain.The people just aren t believable as PEOPLE They make unnecessary assumptions and jump to wild, ridiculous conclusions about simple things, leaving me going, How on earth did they get THERE Overdone reactions, unconvincing motives, and even main characters feel relatively unimportant Everything s handled in unnecessarily dramatic ways For example, near the end, Laila gets knocked unconscious, taken to an unknown place, and held captive by rough thugs we ve NEVER seen beforeto tell her the circus isn t paying her enough That s not the kind of thing you tie someone up for It s a lame conflict and they treated it like life or death.PACING The book basically reads like this blah, blah, tedium, boring, blahSUDDEN OUT OF THE BLUE CONFLICT blah, tedium, blah, dull, boringSUDDEN OUT OF THE BLUE CONFLICT Makes for a jerky, uneven flow It s jarring Most conflicts seem to exist just to create conflict, rather than being a natural result of the storyline They re thrown in at random just to be there We have little or no lead up to them, they re almost instantly resolved making them really not conflicts at all , and they re all disconnected There needs to be a steady rise and fall of an overriding conflict that we focus on and it s just not there I scoured this book for a serious, overall plot and could NOT find one The plot is weak and underdeveloped and the writing can t make up for the lack of it.Particularly in the beginning, her descriptive indulgences actually get in the way of the story s flow I m ALL for details to flesh out a story, but when you re dealing with an action scene that needs to move quickly, you can t take the time to use excessive description it slows down the action At other times, it just feels like she s using lots of words but I m losing the scene the visualization is impeded by all the words I m reading Description needs to be handled delicately and used judiciously Here, it s just kind of slap dash.The day to day routine got OLD Every day we followed the characters, we had to see them eat everysinglemeal Every few pages, they were going to the eatery which, incidentally, is the wrong word eatery typically refers to a permanent fixture like a restaurant or cafe, not just any place you happen to get food what she s actually describing is a mess tent I got so sick of that place, I wanted to scream Granted, one of the main draws for joining the circus was the promise of three square meals a day but then, give us a character whose reasons for joining INCLUDE that fact, but don t show us each and every meal we spent time by far in the mess tent than their living quarters TELLING RATHER THAN SHOWING For someone who uses lots of description, there is frustratingly little showing in this book it s all tell, tell, tell We are TOLD Jodelle is a cold, distant person, but it s never really SHOWN that way she almost immediately becomes best friend giggly girl buddy buddy with Laila There should be a steady growth of her character, a natural progression slowly from cold to warm It would make for a much believable and compelling side conflict.We keep being TOLD what a bad boy Dex is, but we don t SEE the reasons for it He s immediately suspected of a murder that happens within the story, but we have NO evidence for his complicity other than he s a bad boy so he must have done it We need something that logically points to him Give us some evidence that casts suspicion It s a MURDER, let s see something made of it There is than one death that simply gets mentioned in passing where it should be a big deal when did people get complacent about killings This should be a dark element of the story, not bits of random gossip cast out in flippant remarks by no name characters we simply overhear by happenstance.CONVENIENCE FOR CONVENIENCE S SAKE There s too much that s contrived For example, Laila obtains for no apparent reason and in defiance of rules a cat which is then immediately kidnapped by our villain and we really don t see much of the cat after that This tells me that the ONLY reason the cat was there at all was so that he COULD be kidnapped That s poor storytelling To quote an editing catchphrase, she s letting the tail wag the dog The first scene involves a gang and some fake drugs This somehow lands Laila in the circus, but it doesn t really fit and the reasons for her staying are muddy at best Give us a better reason for her to be there.We have a random girl, Bethany, that gets thrown in as a trainee well after everyone else, whose sole purpose, it seems, is to show us that at least inwardly, Laila can be just as petty and self centered as Vivian It makes Laila unlikable, and Bethany doesn t seem to have any other purpose AT ALL, it left me wondering what is she doing here We later find that Dex has a twin, but there honestly seems to be no purpose to him He s redundant and too much of a convenience for the author we don t need him.We get hints and references to Laila s past, but the author won t let it come out until SHE is ready, regardless of the fact that it makes sense storywise to tell it sooner It feels deliberately contrived and manipulative Having a sense of Laila s history would give us a lot of insight into her character and there s no reason to keep it such a tightly guarded secret The vague allusions to it are just maddeningly irritating.WORDING, SYNTAX, AND GRAMMAR The writing itself isn t exactly stellar Cliches and hackneyed phrases abound Passive voice all over the place, and a habit of confusing nouns and verbs Sentences are often constructed awkwardly, words are frequently misued saying figment instead of fragment Or CONSISTENTLY confusing passed and past Using sunk instead of sank Incessant when a appropriate word would be relentless, or conundrum when she means commotion just to name a VERY few The occasional typo I can understand, but when things happen with such regularity, it s a case of not knowing the difference A writer should know better I saw paragraph breaks mid sentence, omitted words as well as words that didn t belong, missing periods, and semi colons being confused with commas.She seems terrified of the word said Every time someone speaks, she either uses a different word like snapped or wondered or applies some desciptive term or action to go along with it Said is usually all we need Sometimes it helps to have a little , but those should be the exception, NOT the rule Using those techniques too often will actually slow down the flow of writing.The description can get old especially when we get repeated descriptions of the same thing another case of too much telling How many times were we going to have to read about Jodelle s hair It s like she was trying to find as many different ways of saying brown as humanly possible So it was chestnut or chocolate or coffee all of which are very different browns And in fact, I got REALLY tired of every color being described in terms of food caramel, almond, honey, ad nauseum That, combined with their constant meal trips, made me feel like the author is obsessed with food.She tries to describe things in creative ways, but it ends up sounding like she s trying too hard and they often don t work How do you sink into something weightlessly The word sink implies weight of some kind things that are weightless float.The writing is incredibly hyperbolic Everything is either cold or hot, black or white, one polar end of the spectrum or the other There s no middle ground, EVERYTHING is melodrama It s like a badly written soap No visible motivations, no natural development, people just suddenly and randomly change There s no layers or subtlety We need depth TONS OF HISTORICAL INACCURACIES There is no sense of time or place we have to be TOLD where when we are there s that telling again , but it doesn t happen until a third of the way into the book And even then, it STILL feels off because we have inaccuracies right, left, and center 3 words RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH We re dealing with a time nearly 100 years in the past, and it was very different You need to know what you re talking about, even the tiniest details We need historical context this was the end of WWI the war actually ended in late 1918 This would have been huge, HUGE news It needs to be included you could even give one of the characters a brother in the army, it would give us believable backstory and great side conflict But you must, must, MUST include major historical references if you re setting it in an actual time and place It may not be historical fiction, but if it s set in reality, we need to understand what the country was dealing with.If you want to make it even MORE convincing start with the history of circuses The circus is a small world, any news of any circus would be talked about, and talked about a lot There was some pretty big circus news at this time period, and it takes about 10 seconds of research to find it Like a train crash in 1918 involving a circus train or the fact that it was at this time that Barnum Bailey and Ringling Bros officially teamed up to make one circus this would have been mega news in the circus world.You have to know the fashions of the time we have a character buy a corset, but corsets were going way out of fashion and they were expensive, hardly something these poor girls could have afforded It also makes no sense when you re dealing with contortionists and the like, who need to be able to MOVE, where a corset would constrict that movement Working women started wearing trousers and overalls to make work convenient We re dealing with a poor time period, not an affluent one, and we re veering away from rigidity.Names are important We have 4 main characters who ALL have modern names Laila wasn t a popular name until the 1970s, Alysia was not a common name at all, and Jodelle didn t exist as a first name until the mid 90s Women had names like Sara and Anne and Dorothy Florence is the only accurate one in the mix, everything else draws us out of the setting they re just too exotic for the time period You can get away with ONE fancy given name like Florence but it should have a story behind it, make it part of the history and uniqueness of the character You can t do it for everyone They can possibly give themselves stage names, but that s about it, and you d have to do research on circus personas of the time to get an accurate idea of what types of names might be used.Even little things like using hair spray Two things wrong with this first, 1918 saw the surging popularity of the bob women were cutting their hair very short to keep it maintainable and out of the way Second, hair spray wasn t invented until the late 40s and the term itself wasn t coined until 1950 Hair was slicked back using greases, waxes, and a variety of pins and combs.There s a reference to priority mail, which wouldn t exist for another 50 years And on the subject of mail, there wouldn t be a post office on the train mail carriers wouldn t find a traveling circus, mail would be received in bulk at designated stations along the way.At one point, Jodelle accuses Laila of being in denial a concept that hadn t made it into psychology yet and even when it did, it took a while for it to become popularized enough that it entered into common vernacular We re several decades too early for that.The most frustrating thing about all this is that NONE of these things would take than a few seconds to look up Not to do so is just sloppy.COMPLETE NON BELIEVABILITY All the historical stuff leads into the rest of this feeling of inaccuracy You HAVE to be believable You have to HAVE TO understand how the circus works.The main characters attend school seriously Circus folk going to HIGH SCHOOL Huh Many people ran off to join the circus to get AWAY from schools Circus acts themselves were essentially internships, education was very different and didn t include a high school curriculum And the fact that people were assigned to their training only after they graduated What does that have to do with ANYTHING This isn t like college It s as if the author who is admittedly young doesn t understand what life is like WITHOUT school and can t figure out how to write outside that familiar context High school diplomas would have nothing to do with the circus WHATSOEVER And assigning placements based on that is ludicrous Circuses would take an apprentice based on their ability and skills, not their grades in math and history Laila would never have been chosen as an aerialist unless she had proven that she was already very flexible and strong What basis did they have to go on here Her laundering ability Further, Laila manages to get into the game amazingly quickly, given that prior to her training she had no visible aptitude People training for this kind of thing really need to start when they re quite young like 7 or 8, at the latest Once the bones start to solidify, flexibility becomes limited A few months of training isn t going to cut it And it CERTAINLY isn t enough to make a feature performer.And on that subject there is a hierarchy in the circus, and that got completely ignored You re only going to have one featured aerialist maybe two if they re working as a united pair and no one else gets that role until that artist or team retires In order for a brand new person to make it as a feature, they d have to have such a uniquely different, unusual act that they ve already prepared that it s impossible to ignore Aerialists are standard, so you have to wait your turn When did the featured aerialist we started with choose to bow out and make room for a new one And where are the people who grew up in the circus A huge number of circus performers are born into it, it s often a family thing yet everyone in this circus seems to be individual and unattached, coming into it from outside rather than growing up with it It rings completely untrue.The train cars they live in are unbelievably luxurious and I do mean unbelievably Since when do train cars have two full stories, with sofas, spiral staircases, and balconies Mahogany furniture, gold framed paintings, end tables with vasesI mean, really playing parlor croquet in a moving train Even luxury trains barely have enough space to have a loft bed, and those are often fold outs of some kind Train cars aren t traveling condominiums that may work in Harry Potter, but not in the real world Partially because of practical things like tunnels trains needs to stay under a certain height so that they can get through the tunnels along the route In a circus train, the few stars might get private cars they can personalize and spruce up a bit but nothing like what she s describing Everyone else would have less than spectacular accommodations She s made it like a little 5 star dorm room on wheels again, it s like she can t get out of the school mindset Frankly, she could use the star train car thing as part of the story, but it falls flat once again She also manages to have train cars with skylights on the BOTTOM floor, rather than the top I don t know how that s even possible One thing she DID get right, at least in part, was the performing season spring to fall She used winter for training, which is accurate What was NOT so accurate was the decision to start a brand new show in fall or, essentially, in the middle of their season They would have stuck with the show they already had and then used the winter months to create a new show that would debut in spring It s kinda hard to work on a new show when you re traveling all over the country A little common sense, please The one place where the author seemed to shine was in writing the actual performance scenes I did find those rather compelling I think sometimes the pre performance scenes were repetetive it was always the same overdramatic rhapsody of emotions and it got boring but the performances themselves were very visual and well described, certainly enjoyable to read But they can t, in and of themselves, carry the story They should be there to add spice and flavor, not serve as the main dish The rest of the writing didn t match up, didn t even come close I d have thought the performing scenes were written by a completely different person If the rest of the story could have equaled that level of writing, this would have been a really good book.Given those passages, I will say that I think this author DOES have some potential but she hasn t really unlocked it yet She needs to take the time to grow as a writer I personally think she should pull this book out of circulation, seriously rework it, and wait until an experienced publisher is willing to print it.


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    I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey s 2013 January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.I thought the description sounded amazing, but this book wasn t really for me I can t speak to questions of realism or historical accuracy about circus life in 1918, so I ll just say it s clear that the author has a great passion for her subject matter I can speak to other things For one, the over long, repetitive descriptions set a certain dream like tone, but I m not sure whether the dreaminess was intentional It actually detracts from the plot because the descriptions tend to be so oddly placed and paced Every time I read a line such as she swept into view, cascading waves of chestnut hair whispering , or some variation thereof, it kicked me right out of the story And I was already having trouble caring about any of the characters in the first place.Another thing that kicked me out of the story was the use of certain words in incorrect ways Someone has alluded herself rather than deluded There is a conundrum of people rather than a large crowd Huh This might be worth a read if you have a particular interest in circus stories, but probably not otherwise.


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    NOPE I cannot even with this unedited, unresearched, unrealistic, unreadable piece of nonsense I knew what this was ten percent in, but I finished it out of spite But UGH to these undistinguishable characters, this vacuous excuse for a main character, this Mary Sue story disguised by a vaguely intriguing synopsis But there is so much wrong here The strange preoccupation with school exams despite being in a traveling circus in the early 1900s Running water in a train Unrealistic interactions between ANYONE Characters doing absolute about faces in their motivations with absolutely no explanation Flat, unimaginative villains And don t even get me started on the Mary Sue qualities in the main character and the cookie cutter bad boy excuse for a love interest And maybe my inner Veronica FitzOsborne is coming out, but I do not understand how you can set a novel in 1918 and not mention WWI once And the lack of editing is appalling sentences straight up missing words, the incorrect its than once Avoid AVOID.


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    The good, the bad, and the ugly with a tip of the hat to the movie by the same name First off, two disclaimers The author offered me a free copy for a honest review however, I actually purchased a copy I didn t receive a free copy, but this is my honest review The second disclaimer is that I am not prejudiced against self published authors Many very famous authors Mark Twain, Carl Sandburg, Virginia Woolf, Beatrix Potter to name but a few and books The Celestine Prophecy by Redfield, Ulysses by Joyce to name a few have been self published and are considered excellent reads In fact, I know a few self published authors and am impressed by their works.Okay, having added my disclaimers, here goes.The good It is a unique story especially considering the author s desire to explain the circus life of aerialists and her ability to do so It would have been a better book had she not assumed that everyone knows these apparatuses and how they work Most people don t Had she described the Spanish web and the lyra, it would have been a better book, and I think with her expertise in this, she could have accomplished it In other words, the story has potential, but not as it is written The bad The editing was horrendous as words were used incorrectly, as well as in some cases the words were excessively repetitive examples of the use of queue and eaterythere are other words for these Other words that had homonyms were used incorrectly passed past, taut taught as examples and repeatedly at that In this day and age of Kindle, Nooks, and other e readers, trust that the reader will notice what seems like incorrect word choice discrepancies and will look them up in their e reader dictionary to check it out because he she want to understand example of deluded versus alluded they are not the same Those reading with physical books might not look up every word that seems incorrect and will skip over a few of these, but eventually they will stop reading There were convoluted sentences everywhere, and many of them became silly if a person really looked at them.The ugly Here s my conclusion this book was edited and if by an outsider editor, the author paid a pretty price for this and didn t get her money s worth, but if personally edited, then some other person who is good at proofing and editing should be asked to help in any future writing endeavor since a second or third set of eyes would be helpful , and further, that a person with a thesaurus used synonyms for words without looking at the nuances between the individual words This created not only issues within the story, but it also made the novel silly Younger readers might not get it, but those who have some vocabulary experience will The convoluted sentences made for many misplaced modifiers It would be better to make simpler constructed sentences than trying to put too much information into one in order to sound erudite because it doesn t work well In the future I hope with book two that the author decides to share her work with people that she trusts perhaps a writers group prior to submitting it for publication If not in a writers group, read the novel aloud to people who will give constructive feedback This will help hone your skills As a person I know says, A self edited book is an unedited book If paying for editing, then the novel still needs to be looked at by the author to make sure that what is being presented post editing is what she really means to say Just because they changed the wording doesn t mean it has to stay that way.


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    Overall, 3.5 StarsWhat I did like about this book 0 It came to me free from Goodreads Giveaways 1 The characters all had interesting and diverse back stories Laila, herself, was the progeny of a prostitute, though her parents did fall in love Her father attempted to commit suicide when she was 8 years old, and failed, leaving himself mentally crippled in an asylum Her mother raised her in a brothel, where she continued to work as a prostitute to pay her husband s way in the asylum 2 The romantic interest, Dex He may have been a bit overly violent towards others who he saw as a real threat, but he had self control, and he never ever did anything to make me think he was a danger to Laila In fact, her friend s insistence that he was a danger to her, started bordering on the annoying He clearly cared for her, and wanted only for her to be safe in a world that she was too innocent to navigate well.3 The various twists, and moments that made me say Oh The appearance of Seth though why had none of her friends mentioned that detail , for one There were minor moments of the same sort, where I was left with an eyebrow raised because I had simply not seen it coming.What I didn t like about this book 1 The incredibly fascinating and diverse background stories often didn t seem to realistically have affected the characters at all Laila may only be 15 or 16, but she lived in a brothel, for Gods sake She should be able to at least sort of defend herself I do like that she was able to hang onto some of her innocence, but at the same rate, watching your father shoot himself, and then being raised in a brothel, in 1919 or so Her innocence should have been broken a lot than it was There was a big disconnect between the character that Laila s back story would have made her be and the character that Laila actually was.2 The romantic interest, Dex Laila s been warned off, again and again by her friends who have known him for way longer than she has He s a fucking flake, and he ends up being given way too many chances I had a love hate relationship with him during the entire book He did border on the violent asshole romantic character that s become popular because of Twilight, that I hate so much However, I do believe that line was walked well.3 That last twist about why everyone at the circus is afraid of Dex and Seth I understand the parallel, that Laila lied about her past, and that Dex did as well However, someone tells me something like that, that does prove his violence and ability to really, really, really, hurt people, I have some follow up questions Laila lied, but then there was an explanation Dex may have a good ish there s really no good explanation explanation for what happened, but Laila doesn t even ask She even says that she still trusts him and it seems as though she simply doesn t care She should Honestly, the book lost a whole star here, it just really, really rubbed me the wrong way.I am very much so looking forward to the second book, maybe it ll explain the Dex and Seth situation that bothers me so greatly I am also looking forward to seeing what Chloe Kayne can do as her writing style matures a bit This was obviously a first novel, the phrasing was a bit on the awkward side, and it felt unpolished though I do have an ARC copy the big all out fights brawls were made hard to follow.


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    I read this book for an Author Requested Review I hate when I have to tell a woman she has mustard on her face or lipstick on her teeth But I do it anyway to save her from further embarrassment Well, ahem, Chloe, you have just a littleright there.up higherhere, let me help youI enjoyed four aspects of this book the beginning, the end, the idea, and the cover The ENTIRE time I was reading, I felt so frustrated by the repetitious syntax that I could hardly concentrate on the story at all Over, and over, and over again, the author followed the pattern of past tense, comma, participleor participle, comma, past tense Drawing the wagon, Laila set off toward the arena, leaving the two bickering girls in her wake A cold breeze tickled her scalp, pulling wefts of her hair in the current Approaching the long set of doorways wrapping around the back of the arena, she started toward the first door beside the performer s queue A group of boys around her age exited the door of the queue, laughing as one recounted what must have been a thrilling tale The repetition didn t appear on only one page, but page, after page, after page It s unfortunate that the author didn t consider changing up her approach because she has a knack for description that is strangled and drowned by the structure of the sentences Changing this bad habit alone might make the story palatable.The story itself yanked me in with a violent act that left me wondering where the story would take me I was excited, but it took me nowhere Almost like a jet plane that rumbled down the airstrip, but never took flight The pace felt devastatingly slow, the romance was worse than a bad soap opera, and the characters were one dimensional and lacked believable motivations The author doesn t know how to use a semicolon, doesn t know that the past tense of ring is rang NOT rung , and the past tense of sink is sank NOT sunk The author doesn t know the difference between past passed, freehand free hand, starring staring, or into in to The author has a knack for using figurative language, which makes it a SIN to use cliches such as organized chaos, spread like wildfire, longing like a tidal wave, and gazed like a lion to its prey And THEN, when Laila has a climactic moment during her first performance at the circus when she realizes she was BORN to be an aerialist, the author informs us that Laila felt herself Umm do you mean that she felt like herself What a difference four letters makes I could continue, but I don t think it s necessary Readers, if you don t mind an unedited book, you like a little violence, and you re not particular about your romance, your plot, or your structure, you may like this book I mean, circuses and aerialists ARE pretty cool The great news is that ALL of the problems in part one of the Marvelle Circus series are easily remedied, so I m sincerely hoping the author works out the kinks for her next book In fact, I didn t give this book a 1 star for the simple fact that I am willing to read the second book in the series, so I must not have hated it THAT much.


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    When you were younger, did you always dream of running away with the Circus Me too until I read Showtime.Let s start with the story lineLaila Vilonia is the protagonist in Showtime Right away she finds herself in a bad situation that she s in no way responsible for She ends up getting rescued by some roustabouts from the Marvelle Circus Lying about her dysfunctional past, desperate to leave it behind, she is taken in and looks forward to a chance at a new life Things start out well enough but a circus doesn t contain the most trustworthy people She does make some strong bonds with some of the other circus inhabitants as well as a few enemies Some of these enemies are obvious than others Danger is definitely waiting to pounce on Laila There is a love interest, the disappearing man, Dex She trusts him completely not heeding the warnings from her friends.This story is written in third person The details are so well written that I really felt like I was behind the scenes with Laila and her friends I could smell the circus around me and feel the air on my skin The author did a wonderful job at pulling me into the story I found it took me longer than normal to read this because I would wander off in my mind picturing the events going on around me My emotional investment to these characters was stronger than normal I didn t even realize how much until the last couple chapters when I was crying uncontrollably Crying from fear, anger, frustration, relief, sadness Ugh I don t usually cry Finding herself in the most dangerous situation one could find themselves, I felt like I was there, there with Dex, there with Seth and there was nothing I could do to help either Here s an example of what I loved about this book Rather than a boring sentence like, Jodelle ran to the menagerie to find James, we get Jodelle latched the gate of the menagerie closed behind her as Laila marched up toward the tiger enclosure Radbyrne strode up, brushing along the fencing as he passed, leaving clumps of orange fur on the wire Laila stuck her hand out and pet him as she walked by, coarse fur gliding beneath her palm.I enjoyed her humor also Well you re not going, are you I am And if you wish to file a complaint, I m accepting slips in the bin Laila motioned toward the silver trash bin stationed across the dining room.I could easily add another dozen quotes but I ll stop there.I look forward to reading future books about Laila, her friends, her enemies and the Marvelle Circus


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    A dark and eerily beautiful love story Love for a new life Love for belonging Love for new family And love that will make you run away with the circus.Lose yourself in a world of wonder and deceit as you get to know Laila Vilonia and her crew of misfits in the Marvelle Circus It s 1918 and Laila suddenly finds herself thrust into a world that demands hard work, strength, tenacity and that you always check over your shoulder.I absolutely love how author Chloe Kayne portrayed life in a traveling circus From the outside looking in, it is all glamour, beauty and the big white top But circus life is dark, mysterious almost haunting Kayne portrayed this so well in Showtime giving it an edge and bitterness making the most spectacular show come alive.There were a few moments, where I felt the story lost its historical feel mainly through some of the dialogue of Laila and her friends However, being a YA novel, it is almost needed to convey the relationships between some of the characters You can actually understand and see the parallels of Inter relationships of current day teenagers and those of Laila and her crew in a world of love, jealousy and deceit.I so enjoyed how Kayne introduced us to this new series through her character development She invited us in just enough to get a keen sense of who these people were and where they had been but cloaked us in enough vagueness that book two Spotlight will be eagerly anticipated and a thrill to read This is a bit of a longer read, yet I never felt like it dragged on or there was too much monotony The story flowed and was well thought out and sequenced Stay tuned because the circus is coming to town again Enter the dark and look for the Spotlight Spotlight Marvelle Circus 2 is set for release in 2014.


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    I credit this book to getting me out of my reading funk Until this book came along I was reading Mary Higgins Clark and nothing else simply because it kept my mind busy, not because I was actually into the story And then came a period of not reading at all Until I came home to a package on my porch and unwrapped it to find a copy of this lovely novel The detail is extraordinary The circus and the characters come to life in this novel I was captivated by the romance between Laila and her Disappearing Man , her friendship with the animal trainer, and her spot in the show The details were genuine and unlike other period novels I never forgot that I was reading a book set in the 1920 s I have always said that you know that you read a great book when the story sticks with you for days, weeks even, after reading it When you think about the characters as though they are real people and not characters in a novel I experience that feeling with Showtime I can t wait for the sequel to come out.


  10. says:

    Wow That was.amazing It was wonderful and vivid and it made me want to go to the circus so bad Can I have the next one right now Please


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Showtime download Showtime, read online Showtime, kindle ebook Showtime, Showtime 4c01862dbe6a The Grandeur Of The Traveling Circus Is At Its Peak In The Early S When Sixteen Year Old Laila Vilonia Is Searching For An Escape From Her Bleak Future Behind The Gates Of The Legendary Marvelle Circus, She Is Thrust Into A Mysterious World She Never Knew Existed A Paradise Populated With Outcasts It S In This Glamorous New Home That Laila Sparks A Controversial Romance With Notorious Sideshow Performer, The Disappearing Man, And Learns Just How Dangerous Her New Life Can Be Touring The Picturesque Eastern Coast Of America, Laila S Immersed In Friendship, Vaudeville, Festivals, Sequins, And Serial Killers But Behind The Curtain, A Sadistic Plan Is Brewing That Will Crack The Very Foundation Upon Which She S Become So Dependent