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Showtime by Chloe Kayne
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Jan 30, 13

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Read from December 13, 2012 to January 30, 2013

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think it was very generous of the author to provide me with a review copy of the book and it made me want to like it much more than I did.

The premise has a lot of potential--the circus, running away from a bad home life, etc--but the author doesn't take as much advantage of it as she could have. The circus is also a very difficult subject to write about, so I commend the author for her ambition. But the setting was poorly rendered. I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be a historical novel because there's a mention of Model T cars in the first chapter but no one speaks as if they were in the beginning of the 20th century. The author does try to give us a wide view of the circus and has the heroine make friends in the different areas from the animal training to the more menial tasks like laundry. Unfortunately the world didn't seem believable. I have never been in a circus train car but I couldn't believe they were as lavish nor as spacious as the descriptions led me to think they were. The story takes place within one calendar year and in that time period, Laila becomes such an amazing aerialist that she's the star of the whole circus. Laila overall was a sore point with me. She's so beautiful that all the boys are interested in her and so amazingly talented and she's so nice too. She never felt real to me. None of the characters did. There were too many of them for the author to just rely on descriptions of eye and hair color to distinguish them.

This story is interesting and it made me think about the inner world of the circus in a way I never had before, but it needs a lot of work.
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