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The Fire Dancer

(Cirque Macabre #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  25 reviews
At Le Cirque Macabre, Holly Octane bursts into flames five nights a week. The stage is where Holly feels most alive. When she’s there no one can touch her, and everyone adores her.

Brought to Las Vegas as vampire bait, Holly’s connection to the immortals is a mystery. She’s one of a kind-- traveling through time and igniting when her emotions get too hot to handle. The only
Published May 2015 (first published April 26th 2015)
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May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was an interesting supernatural story. There are vampires and other magical beings that live out in the open in the human world. Our story takes place in Sin City itself, with Holly as The Fire Dancer showgirl in Vegas. She does not know much about herself, and this story delves into her learning about her background while trying navigate her complicated life.

I will admit that about half the time I loathed Holly. She seemed to flip-flop between love interests, and even which side she
Carrie Renteria
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Kristen Strassel I have had the opportunity to read and I must say I am absolutely hooked.

The Fire Dancer at first I was a little unsure of where the story was going to go, I am a huge paranormal story fan but this one definitely was outside your norm (in a good way). Holly is a performer in Las Vegas and she has had a rough time of it, she lost her parents when she was younger, she has her best friend but she is an outcast and doesn't have any other friends. Lucille t
Gizelle Chia
The plot had potential but I was beyond disappointed in the story telling. The book simply wasn’t engaging. Holly’s abilities were interesting enough but I felt nothing for her. She was dense and malleable, she didn’t agree with the murders yet she was perfectly content to surround herself with murderers and she allowed herself to be their pawn simply because she craved attention. I was pretty disgusted that they brushed off the incidence of rape, barely anybody batted an eyelid... And I wish th ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holly Octane is the Fire Dancer, she is the hottest girl in Sin City. The Cirque Macabre is becoming as necessary to her as breathing. The adulation of the crowd makes her feel special. That same thing that makes her dancing so incredible, makes everyday life nearly impossible. When a famous vampire comes to take over the show Holly finds herself losing the person who has always been there for her, and not being able to control her life at all.

I would call this more Urban Fantasy than Roman
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sex, Fire, and Cirque. 5 FLAMING HEARTS

Good girls didn’t eat fire. Good girls didn’t burst into flames. they can’t burn me. My story has no beginning, and hopefully no end. Las Vegas is her stage, and Holly is determined to set the city on fire. HOLLY OCTANE! IT'S RAINEY CASH & BLADE! giggles (Raining cats & dogs.. okay, okay! Lame, I know, but I couldn't resist! wink WOW!! Just... WOW! What a truly FIRENOMENAL story that had me burning from the very start! The twists & turns, the shocks, the he
Amy Hannagan
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had no clue what I was getting into when I requested this ARC copy for review. I had not read anything by Kristen Strassel and am mostly over the vampire trend. But I am so happy that I decided to read it. This is a very well-written story with an unusual twist to the vampire genre. Holly is a bit of a hot mess, pun intended, as the Fire Dancer in a freak show style Las Vegas circus. She has the ability to embody fire but her life is burning out of control. Sin City is being run by rival clans ...more
jospeh jack
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Great story, great characters, perfect pace. Starting part two.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Holly is The Fire Dancer, she has no idea where the talent came from, but it puts on a darn good show. Until Cash enters her life, she has no idea what she is or where she came from. But Cash is a vampire, and vampires are dangerous. When Cash asks for Holly's help with another vampire, Blade, who has the same talent, Holly's life spirals downwards.

This is, I believe, a spin off from another series. One I've not read. I do wonder if I sh
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest Review ***

This is my first Kristen Strassel book and this series looks like its going to be a really interesting one.

The main character in the story is Holly Octane, who works at the Le Cirque Macabre, she bursts into flames five nights a week, her audience loves her, and she feels alive on the stage, she can travel through time and ignite's into flame. And I found this to be a very interesting concept for a Paranormal Heroine.

Holly lives with her aunt and he
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Much Love for the Fire Dancer
This is the first chance that I've had to read anything by this author. I can tell you that after reading this book she definitely has a new fan! I love paranormal fiction of all types, and Kristen really hits the mark! I really enjoyed this book and will be one clicking her other books! From the very beginning I was drawn into this story, I just could not put it down. I was captivated m, turning page after page until the very end. It is full of twists and turns. It
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review**

I have to admit I went blindly into reading this story so I didn't have any crazy expectations. Having never read anything previously by Kristen Strassel I wouldn't know what to expect anyway lol but this book was a pleasant surprise.

The Fire Dancer was like Water With Elephants meets Dracula. The story lured me in from beginning to end and I found myself unable to put this down. It's been a while since I've read a PNR or Urban
Samaris Creech
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly has always been an anomaly even in the supernatural world. No one can do quite what she does. In an attempt to take down a powerful vampire by the name of Cash, Holly’s “aunt” Lucille moves Holly, Rainey and herself to Vegas. Rainey is a powerful Seer but when it comes to seeing vampires she is a total blank. When Cash shows up in Holly’s dressing room one night they all know things are changing they just don’t know how much or for better or for worse. Lucille starts to lose her control ov ...more
Caro Richard
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holly Octane performs in Le Cirque Macabre as she has the ability to create and catch on fire. She has no real idea of who she is, how old she is or even what she is….she just knows she can catch on fire and also has the ability to travel back in time.

Enter Cash Logan, powerful vampire who believes he is a magician, and he needs Holly.

Blade Bennett is a newly created vampire and the first of his kind that can manipulate fire (fire is a killer for a vamp) but he cannot control it…..this is where
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I haven’t read all the books in The Night Song Collection, the only one I have read was Silent Night and I absolutely loved it. Being that I don’t real A Lot of vampire books, I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but Kristen Strassel is a fantastic writer that creates an amazing story. The same goes for Fire Dancer, which is a spin off from the Night Song Collection.

This books was full of twist and turns that I never saw coming, I still unsure what was true and what was an illusion and who Holly can
She Hearts Books
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Kristen's Night Songs Collection, you will love this spinoff story. Holly was brought in as part of that whole vamp war and ended up performing her scorching fire dance at Le Cirque. She can control fire. Well she's learning how to anyway. Then Cash comes into her life. Now you might remember this mysterious magical vamp and I for one couldn't wait to learn more about him. He is one of those characters that you aren't quite sure is a good guy or a bad guy. For most of this sto ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. When I read the synopsis, I had to sign up for the tour and review. The plot was decent, but I felt I was missing a lot of backstory. The whole time traveling threw me off some also. I didn't feel any sort of connection with any of the characters, which is very rare for me.

Holly Octane is a fire dancer in Vegas. She's not human, she is a Bleed. We do find out more about her through out the book. I did like her job and found that interesting.

Holly wants love. S
Shelly Wygant
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
At Le Cirque Macabre, Holly Octane bursts into flames five nights a week and the way this story describes this I would pay to see it. Be prepared for oh so much more than he performance at Le Cirque Macabre as she has many other special talents.

This story and the characters are unique. As the story progresses Holly discovers who she is, discovers her family and meets another like herself. Not only does the story involve Le Cirque Macabre but a band and vampires. The vampires in this book don't g
Corrine Pickering
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** Reviewed for Hooked on Books ***

The Fire Dancer (Cirque Macabre) - Kristen Strassell - 4 stars

Holly is learning to control the fire within her, she is a fire dancer at the Cirque Macabre. Holly is a 'bleed' and immortal she meets Blade, a new vampire, who is also learning to deal with the fire. Holly needs to find herself by looking into her past, what will she find and who can she trust ?

This is the first book I have read by Kristen Strassell, I am a big fan of supernatural/vampire reads, w
Hooked On Books
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Fire Dancer (Cirque Macabre) - Kristen Strassell - 4 stars

Holly is learning to control the fire within her, she is a fire dancer at the Cirque Macabre. Holly is a 'bleed' and immortal she meets Blade, a new vampire, who is also learning to deal with the fire. Holly needs to find herself by looking into her past, what will she find and who can she trust ?

This is the first book I have read by Kristen Strassell, I am a big fan of supernatural/vampire reads, whilst I enjoyed this book, I found t
Julie Jackson
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC for a honest review.
I started this book and was excited to read this but after getting half way through it, I just lost it.

The characters were good and the writing was spot on but the storyline didn't flow well. Too many hands in the pot.

Holly is the Fire Dancer And she is also a
a Bleed. She is immoral and that extends to all directions. She is curious to find out what happened to her mother but that search also explains who her father is. Then we have Blade who is another
Tammy Farrell
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this new twist on Strassel's vampire lore. We see a lot of familiar faces, including Blade, my favorite character, from Because the Night. We get to see another side of him in The Fire Dancer. But this is Holly's story, and her powers take us through time. She's a creature that I've never seen before, she's sassy, and she's not afraid to go for what she wants. Pick this one up for a fast paced and (at times) horrifying read. ...more
Stephanie Brady
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i loved Holly's story. it goes back and gives you a different view than you got in the night songs collection. i cant wait for the next one. ...more
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is my first introduction to this author. I really enjoyed reading this book, even though I didn't feel a connection to anyone but the heroine.

Holly has an unusual "talent." It fits right in to the Vegas strip. She can somehow exude fire. Not like a dragon, but more like a human torch. Of course this is not a safe talent to have. Especially when it can be triggered by strong emotions. Holly has had a pretty sucky life, and since she was born in 1781 that is not a good thing. She has one oth
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Kristen Strassel is far cooler than she’ll make herself sound in this bio. She enjoys spending time with the voices in her head—nudging the characters toward those bad decisions and a happily ever after. When she’s not writing, she’s often still in the land of make-believe—doing makeup for film and television. And when she’s not doing any of that, she enjoys making her house look like a Pinterest ...more

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