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message 1: by Lucy (new)

Lucy I also read this awhile ago and still haven't read a review. But, after reading yours, I was nodding my head so I agree with you. So much potential and so many things I liked but, overall, I was disappointed.


message 2: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Ooh, I'd love to read your review. Yeah, I remember when I finished the book, thinking 3.5 stars, but now I'm wondering why the extra 1/2 star so I took it off. You should read my friend's review. We saw the book the same way.
This friend hated it, but he makes some good points (be forewarned, he uses the f word).


message 3: by Caroline (new)

Caroline The romance is definitely one of the book's biggest failures. I thought the exact same thing: NO heat, NO chemistry between the characters, heck, not all that many SCENES with the two of them together. >:[


message 4: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa I'm trying to remember why I gave this 3, almost 4, stars?? All I remember is being frustrated by so much in the novel. Must be because it was unusual and some of the secondary characters made up for such a lack in the main characters. Seriously, it could have been awesome if the romance were a greater pull in the novel, intertwined with the circus into a cool magical event.


message 5: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I am deeply disappointed for what this book could have been. I love a quality romance, and this one sounded like it was one, blended with one of my favorite genres: fantasy. If only it were acceptable for authors to rewrite, then reissue their books to the public. I think this book needs serious tightening and FAR LESS focus on details. God, the details! I don't care about the fucking caramel popcorn, for God's sake. Give me some plot and some suspense!

You were more generous than I was with your three stars. I didn't think twice about giving this a single star. It was pure torture for me (took forever to get through because I found it so boring, especially in the middle). I only finished it because I had to for my real-life book club.


message 6: by Annalisa (last edited Apr 22, 2013 02:25PM) (new)

Annalisa I reserve my 1-star shelf for books I truly hate and even though it dragged (I returned it to the library twice before I finished it), I didn't hate it. I thought for sure it would get 2 stars though, but I guess I liked the end enough that I bumped it up to 3 stars, which is weird because the magical showdown was such a letdown. I liked the resolution of it but not the buildup and lack of display. I seriously think Bailey saved the book for me. He was the only thing that really interested me through the middle.

I wouldn't have minded all that description if some of it had included the magical showdown. Some description of the circus was cool, but it definitely dragged and dragged, and then there was no description of the important things (the events at the circus, the magical showdown, the love story). I think she got so caught up in making the circus cool that she didn't focus enough on the plot or characters. Definitely a case of first-time writer problems.

I would hate it overall if writers rewrote and republished their works, but there are times when I would embrace a rewrite with open arms. Breaking Dawn and The Lovely Bones top that list. The most disappointing books are the ones with the most potential that don't live up to that potential so I can totally see why you'd rate this 1 star.


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