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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to ...more
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Published January 8th 2018 by Entangled Publishing
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you’re anything like me and the first thing that pops into your head when seeing the title of this book is the Wizard of Oz then you would be somewhat correct in the guess that this has something to do with that movie. The story isn’t a retelling but more of taking some of the characters/situations of the movie and writing a new young adult fantasy around those elements.

We start with meeting Cai Coppersmith who attends the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts (OZ) and who is also a tiger s
Dani wants to make her mum proud. The traditional education just isn't going to cut it, circus school is her chosen poison. Dani has to work for her elegance that came naturally to her mother, but she is determined. She is starting a new school. One surrounded by mystery- OZ, Oswald Zinzendorf school of circus arts. She wants to master the high-wire.

Cai is Dani's new partner. The magnetism is hard to miss between these two, but Cai has his own secrets. If he gets too close to Dani it may be dan
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lions and Tigers and Boys was a unique story full of magic and romance, however, it ended up falling flat for me.

The beginning of the book was extremely confusing for me. There were so many elements of the story thrown in the first chapter, that I had a hard time wrapping my mind around everything. So many characters were introduced, I seriously could not keep track of all the people. Once I understood everything that was happening, I thought the overall plot of the book was interesting. I loved
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I will be completely honest and say the main reason I signed up to read this book was because the main character is named Dani. Well, Danielle, but she goes by Dani. LIKE MEEEEEEE. I have no shame. I'm like Trump. Put my name repeatedly into something and I'll be more likely to read it.

But actually, aside from a few hiccups in the beginning, this was an enjoyable, quick read. It's sort of connected to The Wizard of Oz, but it's not a retelling, even a loose one. You might recognise a couple of n
Rating: 4.5/5

WOW! What a great YA adventure this story proved to be, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can easily imagine it proving a real hit with able readers aged 10 and over. I’m presuming it is the start of a new series as the story ends on a cliffhanger that has left me eager to read more in the series asap, please!

Dani Gale’s Mum tragically died but left Dani inspired to become a circus artiste. When her Aunt manages to get Dani accepted into the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts, Dani i
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 4-stars, arc-copy, ebooks, s
eARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review!

I will admit, circus books are hit or miss for me. Out of the 3 (three) books I've read, I only liked one (which is also an Entangled Teen published book). Now I can add a second one to the list. And I will be on the hunt for more circus themed books.

This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a typical circus training book, with Dani trying to adjust to her new school and achieve her dreams of
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: requested
In short, this was a cute and fast read.

I really liked the fact that this book has a Wizard of Oz theme with it, though it's not a retelling.

I also really liked the concept and setting for the book. I think it's cool that there's a boarding school tucked away in the middle of the woods in God Knows Where, USA full of kids who are learning circus skills. The circus acts add a nice twist to the usual mean girls/high school drama because they're competing for a chance to shine under the spotlight.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. I was disappointed with this book, when you’re younger there’s something magical about the circus and the book does manage to encapsulate that feeling really well within the storytelling but other than that it all fell a bit flat.
I was iffy from the get go about how what sounded like a vague re-telling of Wizard of Oz was going to go, however it’s less of a re-telling and more a constant barrage of name dropping and weird nods to the original. It didn’t work for me.
I wasn’t a fan of the
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I received a free eARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

“With the right energy behind the right through, a person can move mountains or grow a flower in his hand.”

Title: Lions and Tiger and Boys
Author: Tawny Stokes
Format: eARC
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 3/5 stars
[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School
Lenore Kosinski
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3.5 stars — Well that was definitely entertaining! I expected a bit of a more dramatic climax, but that could have been just me. I am definitely intrigued to know where the series is going to go though, and how it’s all going to shape up. And if I find out this is actually NOT a series with that ending, well, then this rating would go down. I was left with a LOT
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
As soon as I saw where this book takes place - the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts - I was intrigued. I don't think I've ever read a YA book taking place at a circus arts school before; however, I was sure it would provide an interesting and potentially drama inducing backdrop. As it turns out I was one hundred percent corrected.

Blending together paranormal abilities, swoony romance, and a potentially life-threating, save-the-day mission, Lions and Tigers and Boys is an exciting additio
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Lions and Tigers and Boys" is a great new YA fantasy that is made to read in one sitting (and you'll love it that way because it's a tough one to put down!). I got the impression from the ending that it is the first in a new series, and I am so excited there will be more! This is also to say, as a warning, that the ending is left pretty open and there are a lot of mysteries that have yet to be solved. The book takes place at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Although not one of t ...more
Heather Eagar
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, first things first. Whoever said you can't judge a book by the cover was right. But people still do anyway. And the cover and title of this book doesn't match the tone of this book. The cover makes it seem like some steamy and primal teen romance (and the boy doesn't match at all what I imagined Cai looking like). Not only that, but the title conveys the same tone as the image.

That is not what this book is AT ALL.

There is an art to subtly that not many authors have mastered, but Tawny Stokes
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.

Okay, so Ocean’s Eleven meets The Wizard of Oz . . . at the circus. Is your mind blown? That’s what I was thinking after the first chapter. But let me explain.

Dani Gale promised her dying mother she would pursue her dream of becoming a tightrope artist. A year later, she enrolls at the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts, OZ for short, where her Great Aunt Dottie pulled some strings to get her admi
Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher

This is one of the more interesting books I have had the pleasure of reading recently. Most authors when redoing a classic stick with fairytales. This however is loosely based on the Wizard of Oz. Having read the whole story I got to the end and was disappointed only in the fact that I came to the end. I wanted more. It was a fun story with characters that were purely magical. I was kept in suspense the whole time. So many fascinating hints to diffe
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is written in a very mature voice, great imagery, good editing
It is a paranormal storyline, shrouded in mystery, magic, and suspense, shape-shifting, an enchanted campus...
Things are revealed very slowly, like a flower slowly opening its petals. However, the story ends on a cliffhanger so there will obviously be more books coming. I didn’t realize this when I started reading it as the reviews for it weren’t out yet so I am disappointed not knowing how the story ends. I hope the sequel doesn
Angela Cuéllar
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Combining the thrill of circus arts with the mystery of performers whose gifts go beyond the realm of possibility, Lions and Tigers and Boys spins together a teenage romance full of fierce competition, secret meetings, and the daily dramas that come with being a teenage girl at a new school. An overall fun read sprinkled with inspiration from The Wizard of Oz that'll leave you curious to see what adventures will unfold next.

I'm not a huge fan of the cover art and the stor
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Books with an unexpected cliff-hanger are not my favorite. There were some small problems with the plot as a whole, but the book was generally enjoyable. Cai and Dani were good together, and I enjoyed the setting of the circus school with secrets.
Ivey Byrd
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What a wild ride! I’m in love with this world and the characters. Finally, an urban fantasy YA novel! I need the next book ASAP!
Macy Klingerman
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I’ll admit, the moment I saw the Wizard of Oz references, I requested this one without hesitation. I’m a sucker for Wizard of Oz, and I don’t think I’d ever read anything even vaguely resembling a retelling. Which, unfortunately, isn’t even what this book is. There’s really only a few nods to Oz, and I was expecting a bit more, I suppose. In general, I wish I liked this book so much more than I did, but my cons vastly outweighed my pros.

I’ll start out with what I did actually like, which is main
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Sep 01, 2018
Jul 08, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Based on the writing, which felt amateur at best, I was surprised to see this was an Entangled book. It was because of the writing that I DNF'd this one though.
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Lissa Hawley
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an adorably clever book!

I didn't realize from the blurb (though the title should have clued me in) that this wonderful (ha!) little story is Wizard of OZ inspired (? Themed? Influenced? Not sure.) Definitely not a retelling, but elements and nods to OZ abound while still being its own tale.

The circus school theme is fabulous and the characters and romance likable and sweet.

I also didn't realize that this is the first book in a series, so I am desperate for more.
Katherine Paschal
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Dani wants to respect the memory of her very talented mother so she follows in her footsteps- which leads her to a special high school that will train her in all the circus arts, especially the high wire that she loves. Cai has been tasked with a mission of great importance and he feels the stress of accomplishing his goals weigh on him, so he tries to push all distractions out- including new student Dani. But when Dani's curiosity gets the bette
I am a huge fan of re-telling's so coming across a rare Wizard of Oz one, I knew I had to snatch it up and give it a go.
Like most kids growing up I lived in a brief fantasy land where I ran away and joined the circus so this was neat to get a glimpse at what circus school looked like.
I love the subtle hints of the original tale woven here and there through the book. It was interesting to see the author's take on things.
I was not a fan of the love interest. The build up was better then the actual
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Jan 13, 2018
Eva Scalzo
strange things are afoot at the oswald zinzendorf school of circus arts, for one thing dani gale is pretty sure she saw a tiger roaming the grounds on the day of her arrival. she can't quite put her finger on why things seem strange, like the clairvoyant dean vasilev, and the odd undercurrents of power she feels when she crosses paths with maggie west.

the truth is that in lions and tigers and boys there are strange things afoot. cai coppersmith has lived at oz since his guardian frank took a job
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Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny ...more

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