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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—

Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.

My mother is thrown backward.

And she falls.
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Sky Pony (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Helen Power
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
What a book! Sleight captivated me from its first page, with a fairy tale-like prologue that introduces a unique mythology which, of course, proves to be essential to the plot of the story. Genevieve is a strong and relatable seventeen-year-old, and her witty repartee is refreshing. I wish all teenagers were this eloquent.

I absolutely adore the setting of this novel. I’m sure nearly everyone had a point in their childhood where they wanted to run away to join the circus. This book makes me wonde
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

I enjoyed this book. It was slow-paced without much action until the end, but it had a good mystery and some likeable characters.

I really liked the main character, Geni. She was intelligent, mature, and just imperfect enough to be realistic. Her first thoughts in regards to the magical, dangerous book was that she wanted nothing to do with it (which was smart). When she realized that wasn't an opt
A Book Vacation
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sommersby is a fabulous storyteller, roping in the reader in the very beginning through her pristine use of prose and characterization. I was enamored by both the characters and the writing as I read. Sommersby has a wonderful gift with words, and she captures the true nature of humanity as she creates life-like characters right on the page. Each character in the novel was created with love and care and, as you read, they become extremely real. Sommersby develops her characters so magnificently ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemma Flannery is used to living a life on the road. Traveling with the Cinzio Traveling Players Company involved just that. Traveling. But for the first time in Gemma’s life the show has decided not to leave town.

Staying in one place and attending a regular high school is enough of a hurdle to overcome. Being gawked at or labeled a freak by the locals is nothing new for circus performers. But if her secret ever got out that she had the ability to see the dead, she would become a freak on a whol
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was actually a pretty decent book.


I say decent because it really didn't surprise me or get my heart-rate up. But it was still a very enjoyable story that was refreshingly well-written and only bored me for a few pages in the middle.

And now, some bullet points:

- Genevieve was a very decent MC. She wasn't too annoying or too tough . . . nor was she somewhat realistic, either. Which is honestly okay because this is one of those books where you KNOW everything isn't going to be realistic, and i
Lisa  K
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
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While Jenn sent me a copy of Sleight for (the now cancelled) Indie Author Month, I will admit that I’d already bought a copy and was just waiting for an excuse to read and review it. After finishing Sleight, I don’t know why the hell I waited so long because it is perfect. There is so much to love and I don’t know what my favorite part is so I’m going to break it down:

Characters: I loved how we are introduced to the characters and their worlds. While t
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
I received an advance copy of Sleight to review from the author Jennifer Sommersby and was very excited to dig into this book. I love stories that have magic in them and I also love the circus setting.

In a nutshell Gemma is grieving her mother's death when her whole life us upended. She soon comes to learn that her travelling circus life will stop that she has to attend a real high school and deal with all that comes with it. She is a very strong character and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty

Sleight is a slightly different genre than what has been my go-to lately and it made me realize I really need to step out of what has been my “comfort zone” more often, and get back to reading a little bit of everything like I used to. And it reignited my love of the circus and memories of wanting to become a clown and join Ringling Bros! Although, as fun as it sounds, I don’t think I was really cut out for life on the road, but it was a nice dream.

This was such an entertaining and captivati
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. It had everything that I love to read about--paranormal, romance, adventure, and strong female characters with great writing.

A girl who grows up in the circus? And can see ghosts? I'm all in! At first I wasn't sure what to expect because I've never read a book that had a circus setting (even though people keep telling me I need to read Water for Elephants) and ghost stories can either work really well or not well at all. Sleight worked amazingly well! Jennifer Sommersby knows
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, review
I do my reviews in the form of questions, makes it easier to get my thoughts together. So here goes.

What made me pick this book up:
I saw it on either Netgalley or Edelweiss and the cover immediately caught my attention.

What did I like about the cover:
Everything. Literally. It looks like an old circus poster. I would totally have this hanging up in my room. The colors are beautiful.

What made me read this book:
I got it as an ARC to review. The synopsis sounded great and like I said, the cover i
Heather Hildenbrand
Oh. Wow. This book, Jenn's way with words, the descriptions, the story-line, Gemma's snarky sarcasm, Henry's devotion, Lucian's deviousness... ALL of it is 5 stars. I picked it up to support Jenn and then I couldn't put it down because it was awesome!! I cannot wait for Book 2, and Sleight has officially crept into my list of top 10 favorite books of all time! Go and read it. Now.

The story is fresh and original and a new twist on "I see dead people". Gemma is likeable and relatable from chapter
Crystal Cichanowicz
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya
I absolutely loved this book! Ever since I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I have been craving circus/magic related books. This book did not disappoint - the description hardly did it justice. I recommend this book to any fans of Caraval, The Immortal Circus series, or just Circus/magic books in general ❤️ happy reading.
Erin Kelly
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredible book from an incredible talent. Not a wasted word.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Cinzio Traveling Players, a well-oiled machine, has plans for all contingencies. Almost all. Delia falling three stories to her death was not among those plans.”

Genevieve Flannery grew up in the Cinzio Traveling Players circus. It’s the only life she’s ever known. Watching her best friends throw each other around in the sky, spending large amounts of time with elephants and lions, and playing the violin upside down from a length of silk is all normal for her. Even her mother being afflicted
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Warning: This book is very addictive and you will not be able to put it down!

My Rating:5 Elephants!

I absolutely loved the cover of this book. There is this beautiful girl with long red curly hair lying with her eyes closed relaxing on the green grass.

Let me start out by saying this was a wonderful read from what I had been reading. This is a story set in the circus. I have never read a book that had that scenery so it caught my eye. I absolutely loved the book.This is a story that takes you thr
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis:
Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—

Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.

My mother is thrown backward.

And she falls.

Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Gen
I LOVE this book! I want to join the circus! WOW! When I first read the Blurb I was like .. "My best friend is an elephant?" Weird! But nope not at all! At least not when you grow up in the circus!!

This book is an awesome PNR for YA (or my age :)

The book starts off as we meet Gemma and her unfortunate bad luck - seems like this poor girl can't get a single break. Her mother just died. She didn't know her that well. She was sick - seriously sick. Like Gem, her mom was able to see Shades (Spirit
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
Sleight was unlike anything that I have ever read before. The story line, characters, basically everything was completely unique to me. Have you ever read something that you loved so much you didn't even know how to describe your love for it? Well it's kinda like that with for me with this one.

Let me start with the characters. First and foremost we have Gemma. She is troubled from the start considering, as the story begins, her mother, Delia has just committed suicide. Delia has been in and out
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed, imm-june-2011
Well that was a ride! This is the story of Gemma and Henry. Gemma lives with a circus and this setting alone is unique and fresh since I cannot recall any other book that is set around a circus. I was however skeptical in the beginning, but I turned out to absolutely love this story and world building. Gemma just lost her mom and never knew her father. She lives with her Aunt and Uncle at the circus and never knew something else. The kids were of course home schooled since the circus moves to ne ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a truly great story, the idea is superb and the execution is clean and bright. I loved every minute and couldn't wait to get back to reading whenever I had to put it down to face reality. We are treated to the sometimes snarky but often vulnerable inner thoughts of Gemma as she faces first the ordeal of not fitting in at her new school and then a whole spectrum of catastrophes and new experiences that are thrown her way. And let me just say it was refreshing to read this often told story ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sleight was a wonderful, unique tale and I can't wait to see where it goes with the next book. It is about Gemma, a young girl who knows no life beyond what she has while traveling around with circus. They have become her family and that is more important than ever since her mother just passed away. But things are more complicated for Gemma because she can see ghosts.

Soon Gemma learns that the circus will be settling somewhere for a while, which means Gemma has to go to school. Fitting in isn't
I am baffled by the number of great reviews this book has received. I don't understand. This book was nothing amazing and did not hold my interest at all. It became a chore to read it and finish it. I had wanted to like this book a lot (especially after reading the acknowledgments page) but sadly I can't even give a 3 star rating because honestly this book was "just ok". Yes the idea was sort of original (the magic and seeing dead people part was kind of a bore). The part that really had me intr ...more
Caitie (Find Me In Fairytales)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It’s the creepiest feeling, that something is watching you, even creepier when you know exactly what that something could be, and what it could do to you. And you’re powerless to stop it.”

First I would like to give a huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC to review! This in no way influences my opinion.

Wow, what a pleasant surprise of a book! Especially after reading Children of Blood and Bone which was SO deeply moving, I thought I was going to be in a hangover for a lo
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
WOW this book was breathtaking. Form the start to the end and I still want more!! It was for sure a page turner and a must read. Lots of love, actions and just all you want in a book!! There was just so much story and I really related to the characters and each of there stories, I am SO excited for the next book!! This is a must get and a must read! I hope you fall in love like I did!!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-the-youths
I'm not even sure how to rate this book.

Look, it is what it is: the protagonist with fiery red hair who is a talented musician and also an acrobat and also she has a connection with the animals and also she runs a successful non-profit and children from around the country send her fan mail-- is also magic, and from a special magic family. Her mother will die tragically and she will learn that her mom wasn't crazy after all, ghosts are real, their family has a special, special secret, and the pr
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. We were taken on a journey with Geni that was exciting and terrifying at the same time. As the story unfolds we learn more about the character and their magic which wasn’t predictable or contrived and I loved that. You can try to guess what is going to happen but you are probably going to be wrong.

This story is beautifully written so all your senses are engaged and you feel like you are there. I was sad to see it end but happy to know that the
Alexandria Perone
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The plot was exciting, but I didn’t mesh with the writing. It was very repetitive and some points felt more like an outline or guide for the author than a finished story.
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
Okay...the description on this book said that Gemma was best friends with an elephant....yeah, it lied. From what I read--and perhaps my book was a dud--Juniper was Gemma's best friend, and the elephants only showed up on a few occasions.

I found that I liked Henry more than I liked most of the other characters in the book. I, too, am not a fan of Shakespeare.
He wound up having more depth than any other character, and for the most part his personality kept pace with his development. The same cou
Suzy Krause
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was *such* a unique, entertaining story! I cannot wait to read the sequel. I've read and loved other books with similar elements to this one (circuses and magic and cursed books and so on), but this combination of those things with these characters and set in this time period was brand new to me and felt so fun and fresh. Would be an amazing movie—hint hint, Hollywood. ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
am so impressed with SLEIGHT and the layers woven into the first book in this duology. It’s fast-paced but not too quick that moments lack depth. The detailed descriptions of the environment/scene are intricate enough to put you “in the moment” but not so tedious that you find yourself skipping text. While you’ll find yourself putting certain pieces of the puzzle together there will be moments that you won’t see coming. All of it combined makes for a read where you feel like you’re in the momen ...more
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