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Cirque: Act 1 (Cirque #1)

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A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, ho
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ebook, 300 pages
Published September 15th 2016
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Elfina Renee
Sep 20, 2016 Elfina Renee rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat A. Giannoccaro is getting five stars just for creeping me the hell out.
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It's no big secret I don't do clowns, not in movies and certainly not in books. Yet here I am reading Cirque. One hair raising page at a time, completely intrigued, horrified and entranced. My partner in crime and buddy read Kirsten; asked me to share the experience. I couldn't get on the horror band wagon fast enough.

So as Sivan smears his white facial paint over his face and blacken his beady eyes hiding
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Kirsten
5 "No one loves a clown" stars!!!

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Always looking for something unique, I'm so glad I was to able read this one. I absolutely loved it!

Ever since he was a teenager, and Sivan caught a real live sex act through a trailer window at the circus, it's not only become his obsession, but also his fetish, and of course his deepest secret. Seeing a powerful man, a clown albeit, be able to take from a beautiful and sad woman changed Sivan forever.

He's perfected the look and has transformed his garage int
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Di - Twisted Book Reviews
Jun 01, 2016 Di - Twisted Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
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What a fascinating story, totally out-of-the-box awesomeness!
The mask one wears to hide the demons that desire to takeover. What's hiding in your closet?

If you've read Ashleigh Giannoccaro before then be prepared to witness her diversity. She went completely out of the norm, her norm, to present complexity and intrigue. This one is mild in comparison to her other books, but still contains the grit, you can't look away. If clowns aren't your thing... I suggest taking a shot, because you might fin
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K. Webster
Aug 17, 2016 K. Webster rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! The author did a great job of setting a scene so that you were right there in the book feeling/hearing/smelling every detail. She made me love the clown and my heart hurt for him. I loved that she told this in an absolutely fresh, modern, and unpredictable way!

"I am him, I am the clown, and no one loves the clown."

Oh, hush, Sivan. Everyone loves you after reading Cirque! Can't wait to read more!
Grace
Jul 31, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader, there is nothing better than a book that can capture your attention and push the boundaries of your imagination. Cirque is one of those stories. From the first page, the reader is taken into the circus life, were people feel free to embrace their differences, yet there is a unique element added to bring on the creep factor. From there the author takes you on a journey filled with fear, longing and shame.

One day at the circus changes the life of a young boy forever.
One moment
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Betul
Aug 10, 2016 Betul rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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"This is my circus and she is my star act, I'm always just the sad clown who makes them happy."

I just knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the cover. Also I already read a previous book by the author and was intrigued by her dark and twisted mind. I'm always looking for unique books that push boundaries and are so different than your ordinary romance books. By reading the blurb you don't really get a clear idea of what to expect
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Expresso
Jul 31, 2016 Expresso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 explosive stars!

Empty your mind of any books you've previously read by Ashleigh, a true creative genius. Once you've cleared your mind, prepare yourself to enter into the dark mind of a clown. A mind of a man whose childhood became nonexistent before his preteen years. Nonexistent because he was a curious kid and the things he experienced as a child became his obsession as a man. Sivan the clown.

Meet Sivan. A construction company owner obsessed with "his" clown. His obsession to find the per
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Kis
Sep 26, 2016 Kis rated it really liked it
3.5
Shabby- BookBistroBlog
Jul 30, 2016 Shabby- BookBistroBlog rated it it was amazing
The boy sees the clown. The boy fantasises about the clown. The boy becomes the Clown.
But Clowns don't have an encore and nobody loves the Clown. In fact people are scared of the clown, like Imogene.
So he mostly hangs his clown inside a closet, but sometimes the Clown whispers in his head and needs a release, so he comes out and takes over.
It's a very hypnotic read. Sivan is a beautiful person with a very sad clown inside him. He wants to find happiness with Imogene. He wants to smile with her
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YaYa
Sep 18, 2016 YaYa rated it it was amazing
4.5 The Clown Stars

Uniquely captivating. You won't want to put it down.

Thanks Grace for the recommendation.
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What can I say? I have read dark and gritty but this was a genre on its own.
Let Sivan drag you into his circus. Beware the clown!
Full review to come...

4 Stars
Regan
Nothing is ever all shining lights and glitter, even when we don't see it there is darkness, a bad side of the coin.



As a young lad Sivan spent many evenings at the circus with his family. He'd sneak off to a familiar trailer and watch with fascination the carnal events taking place between one particular clown and showgirl. Since childhood, Sivan's obsession started and lasted into his adulthood. Now hiding away from the regular world he keeps his secret where it belongs: tucked and hidden aw
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Dee Trejo
Jun 03, 2016 Dee Trejo rated it it was amazing
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I love the clown… and you will too!
I have always loved Ashleigh Giannoccaro’s books, but Cirque is worlds away from her Colour Me Ugly series. Clowns are not my thing; not by a long shot, but Sivan might have just changed my mind because, I think I love the clown. As the reader, you can’t help but be drawn to him and his dark side. Cirque is freaking brilliant.... this book felt like a voyeuristic trip into a world of hidden desires and high wire acts. I love how the book is able to wrap you in
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Isabella
Dec 17, 2016 Isabella rated it it was amazing
5 Artistic Stars...

"I smile but my face stays sad because of the paint on it, the very action is a contradiction."

This is one of those books that leaves me speechless, instead I want to inhale what I've read and let it dissolve in me.
Literature and art are my things; (I teach and study a non living language; Latin and History of Art) eventhough English is not my mother tongue (Italian is), I'm always thrilled to find out the uniqueness hidden behind the lines of a good book. So after reading th
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Alexa Ayana
Jul 20, 2016 Alexa Ayana rated it really liked it
Copy provided by author for exchange with a honest review.

Sirkus selalu ada dalam darah Sivan dan Imogene, walaupun berasal dari pengalaman masa lalu yang berbeda. Sirkus juga yang menjadi dasar obsesi Sivan terhadap badut dan Imogene terhadap box.

Pertama, tambahan point PLUS karena A. Giannocarro berani menulis novel dengan hero yang tak biasa. Seorang pria dengan alter ego seorang badut. Well, tak ada seorangpun yang menyukai badut bukan? Tapi di sini kita bisa mengintip di balik pikiran Sivan
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Michelle
Jul 12, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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Cirque Act 1 ~ 5*+ Read

A.Giannoccaro is one of my favourite authors, I have read every book of hers and Cirque took me by surprise in a very good way, she is known for her very dark pitch black soul destroying books and
Cirque Act 1 is best described as a Psychological erotic thriller that will leave your mind total spinning and I have no doubt Act 2 is going to go darker.

Sivan is a caring son, brother and friend and wants to be seen has a normal boy/man but he hides a deep secret that i
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Yolanda Olson
Jul 20, 2016 Yolanda Olson rated it it was amazing
Let me start by being honest. I hate clowns. DETEST THEM. They scare me terribly, however, Sivan. <3 I found myself loving him and wanting to care for him. (I know, I'm weird.) Anyway, this is my second book by this author and she's moving up my favorite list pretty quickly. This was a dark, gripping tale. A tale that will make you think. Does that monster in the dark really want to hurt you? Or does he just want love?

Ashleigh, you did what you said you would do. You made me love the clown.
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Paula
Hmmm…..when I started to read „Cirque Act 1“ by Ashleigh Giannoccara my first thought was that I want to run away to the circus. As I read on, that changed into me wanting to run away to Sivan’s circus. And that notion still stands.
Let me say that I will never look at clowns the same way again and it’s all the author’s fault.

This book was something else. Original, kinky, creepy and it messed with my head fiercely at times. But I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. That would be a lie.
I can’t say a
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Diane
Sep 18, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing
I just loved Cirque Act 1 by Ashleigh Giannnoccaro. It doesn't just draw you in. It grabs you right from the prologue and immerses you into this slightly dark, super twisted and kinky story!

"...none of these people would accept who I am when the sun sets and the world goes dark. No one likes clowns, no one accepts those who are different to them; I know that better than most."

It felt like magic, the way the author seemed to manipulate my feelings, love and sympathy for these characters. They we
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Di - Twisted Book Reviews
What a fascinating story, totally out-of-the-box awesomeness!
The mask one wears to hide the demons that desire to takeover. What's hiding in your closet?

If you've read Ashleigh Giannoccaro before then be prepared to witness her diversity. She went completely out of the norm, her norm, to present complexity and intrigue. This one is mild in comparison to her other books, but still contains the grit, you can't look away. If clowns aren't your thing... I suggest taking a shot, because you might fin
...more
Vickie
Aug 13, 2016 Vickie rated it it was amazing
This is a hard book to review. I'm going to try and stay away from the actual story as much as I can because it's better to experience it for yourselves.
Sivan is a very complex character. Although he's your everyday guy on the outside, there is another side of him that's banging on the door demanding to be let out and he's finding it harder and harder to keep his clown at bay. I love Sivan. He is such a complex character that really made me fall in love with him. I loved that you get a real ins
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Kimber Dawn
Aug 27, 2016 Kimber Dawn rated it really liked it
I'm sorry...what did I think? *sputters unintelligently, then giggles behind hand* What did I not think?! THAT is the question. Yes, I'm fucking horrified of clowns. Yes, I walked into this thinking, 'Bring it, Ashleigh...Girl, no, seriously! BRING IT!!' I'm a product of POLTERGEIST, and not the new shit—we're talking 80's POLTERGEIST here, people. Remember THAT clown? Pfft, I said opening my Kindle before bed...there's no way in hell you're gonna be able to use that deep seeded (childhood night ...more
 Charlie  ✰ WLTB Blog ✰
Jun 26, 2016 Charlie ✰ WLTB Blog ✰ rated it it was amazing
A. Giannoccaro is one of my Favorited Authors and this book did not disappoint me.

Oh Wow for all you Clown haters or even if you are scared of Clowns I say really give this book a chance.

I did and I fear Clowns, to the point I will cry or freeze if I see one in the street.

Ash has got me to Like her clown he is a bit creepy but he doesn’t scare me this book we learn how and why he wants to be *The Clown* this book is very creative and I was hooked from the first page.

Sivan is a normal day to da
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Melanie Cesa
Sep 17, 2016 Melanie Cesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Heartbreak, you read about it and it sounds so silly, but when you feel it you will know. The paralyzing ache that takes root inside you where a person once soothed the pain, it infests, makes a home, and never leaves you."

Wow! I'm in awe of this story. It is absolutely fantastic.

The writing has blown me away. I was transported into another world. My heart ached, I was stunned. A story full of emotion, of pain, of how we disguise ourselves with a mask, and how we handle ourselves with the mask
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Donna Wright
Aug 13, 2016 Donna Wright rated it really liked it
WOW! Where to begin with this book, it was a slow burner for me for about the first 20% and then it took off running and didn't stop. I was very intrigued when I first read the synopsis of this and it really didn't let me down.

It was one Hell of a twisted story but amazing all the same. We all hide behind a mask I guess in many ways, shapes and forms and this books is clearly that. How you hide your demons in plan sight is a beautifully different act for everyone.

This book was completely out of
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Mary Palmerin
Aug 06, 2016 Mary Palmerin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cirque was a brilliant read which takes us deep into voyeurism, shame, and sexual tension. The book is told in two POV, both Sivan (whom I LOVE) and Imogene. Their instant connect is electric, but will their secrets tear them apart? If anyone can make you love a clown, it is Mrs. Giannoccaro! The prose flowed and was easy to read; this work of fiction showed just how much Mrs. Giannoccaro has grown as a writer, telling something different while maintaining her elegant style and one-of-a-kind plo ...more
Alice Hart
Oct 06, 2016 Alice Hart rated it it was amazing
I hate clowns. All my life. I was terrified to read this book. I've read The Goodbye Man, haha. Anyways, I did not have to fear the clown. Sivan is a loveable clown.

Cannot wait for Act II. How does it all work out? I need answers!!!
Sian-Bronwyn Claven
Dec 16, 2016 Sian-Bronwyn Claven rated it it was amazing
A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, horror hooking her from rest
She dances for the maniac, twirling on her strings
I will make her mine, sharing damaged things
I wil
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Toni Cox
Feb 25, 2017 Toni Cox rated it it was amazing
Wow!
Had I not been given this book, I probably never would have read it. It is simply not in my usual genre.
That said, I loved every bit of it, from the first page to the last and I cannot wait to get my hands on the continuation.
Ashleigh Giannoccaro has a unique way of making the reader feel part of the story and get involved with the characters.
The Clown draws you in and does not let you go until you've turned the last page.
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“My magic is lost and the rest of the show is done without feeling. I go through the carefully rehearsed paces and get to final curtain. When it falls closed I have the sudden urge to cry, but I hold it back and leave the stage with a strange regret, and the feeling you get when the kid on the playground says they don’t want to be your friend anymore.” 0 likes
“The clown had the power because she feared him, yet she wanted him at the same time. I saw the terrified desire in her eyes and craved that power, that ability. All my life I have tried to replicate it. To get that moment back even if it wasn’t my moment to have.” 0 likes
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