I have to get this off my chest first before I wrap up my thoughts on this book. I’m so MAD with myself. I bought this book last winter after hearing some rave reviews about it and excitedly added it to my TBR pile. Then I spotted a few negative tweets about the book saying it was hard to pick it up, slow plot, etc. and I let that completely effect my judgement on the book before I had even read the first page. And soooooo it sat on my TBR pile, week after week, month after month, until finally…. I decided to give it a 50 page trial.
Surprise, surprise…. I loved it and I’m just annoyed with myself that I allowed people’s negative opinions to sway my thoughts. It’s made me think a lot more carefully about what I tweet or write in a review about a book because I’m aware that my opinion can influence whether or not a fellow bookworm chooses to pick up a book. So my number one priority going forward is to ensure that if there is something I don’t like in a book – explain why I didn’t like it in as much detail as possible, so people can understand that it’s just my own personal likes and dislikes that has made me come to that conclusion and that it’s not the book, it’s ME.
Back to the plot…
In a nutshell, this is the most beautiful love story I’ve read in a long time – I was completely and utterly captivated by the tale of Celia and Marco, one might say it ‘cast a spell on me’ – pardon my pun!
Celia and Marco are opponents in a game which they were forced to play and there’s no way of escaping. The setting? A circus, but the most magical and unique circus you will ever read about.
The creators and performers in the circus are taken along for the ride but being exposed to magic for long periods of time has an effect on all, and some handle it better than others.
The game needs to end but who will win?
Bailey can’t stop thinking about the circus since the day it first arrived in his town. He can’t wait for it to return but when it does… what will he do?
Such a quirky book which has left such an impression; I would recommend this to people who enjoyed The Invisible Library, Time’s Echo, the Harry Potter series and even stories crafted by Lucinda Riley… because although Riley doesn’t touch greatly into the fantasy genre – the quality of the writing is on par and the build up of the plot had a similar feeling.
I just wish I had picked it up earlier….
Until next time, Chloé x