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All the Little Bones

(Circus Hearts #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A teenage trapeze artist and an apprentice strongman on the run from a terrible crime…

Seventeen-year-old Sorsha Neary’s life is changed in one night when she defends herself behind the vans of her family circus troupe. Now Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm Mackay are travelling south, to evade the fallout and escape the long arm of the law. All they have in their favour
ebook, 1, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Bearded Lady Press
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***Actual Rating: 5/5 Flying Stars***

”From such threads/ our lives are made/ From such lives/ are heartbeats gathered”

Circus Hearts is a dark YA, mystery romance trilogy written by one of my top favorite authors of all time, Ellie Marney. Her Every trilogy has my undivided attention from the first page till the end, so I’ve been determined to read all of her other books, including her future works, ever since. Therefore, when I found out she had this delicious YA series coming up
*laughs* I don't know why I think this was a fantasy novel! Well, the cover is sooo pretty and it's shelved as fantasy on Goodreads. I didn't bother looking into it further because I've been wanting to read Ellie Marney's books but yet... too many books too little time, as always. Suffice to say when the chance came up, I grabbed it.

I may have a tiny tad bit disappointed that there wasn't that particular [fantasy] magic but circus has always held a special magical place in my heart so this turne
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to read an early draft of this captivating YA romance. I was immediately swept up in the circus atmosphere. I love ‘behind the scenes’ storylines and getting a taste of the authentic realities of the life of a full time performer. Sorcha is a new comer to this particular circus community and I love the dynamics and power struggles at work in finding her place. Good thing she has delicious Colm on her side. Not gunna lie: strong man? You’ve got my attention. And getting to know C ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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I picked up All the Little Bones because of it's set at the circus. I used to work at a carnival so I thought that I would return to that kind of world though this book. Even though I used to work at a carnival, I have always loved fairs, carnivals and circuses. The setting to this series is definitely my favorite part. I think that circus and carnie life is different than what most people are used to and it's kind of magic
Trigger warnings: drowning, death, violence, (view spoiler)

Everything I said last time still applies. Ellie, I know crime is your jam buuuuut if you ever decide to write a romance book, hit me up if you need a beta reader. Just saying.

In the interests of full disclosure, I received an advanced copy of this from Ellie because I am demanding and she is delightful. This had no impact on how much I absolutely adored this book. The characters are great
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Reading a new Ellie Marney is always a treat. She is one of my favorite authors and I have vowed to read anything and everything that she releases. All the Little Bones, with its circus setting and its swoony romance, stole my heart from the get-go. It's lovely and passionate and so romantic!

Sorsha, a trapeze artist, and her friend and strongman, Colm, are on the run from the police. Their journey brings them to a circus in the south known as Klatch's Karnival, where they have to build a new lif
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loveozya
Saoirse Neary is evading the authorities. Defending herself against a sexual assault, the seventeen year old trapeze performer is escaping persecution accompanied by strongman, nineteen year old Colm Mackay.

The Performers
Sorsha Neary is a beautiful young woman. Orphaned as a child, Sorsha lives with caregiver, aunt Morrighan. Fostered by the stoic woman, also a fortune teller within the northern travelling circus. Frightened for the repercussions after the attempted assault, Sorsha flees. Escapi
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2018-books
I know book one only came out yesterday, but when can I be expecting book two? 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️
Laura Trenham
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Circus Hearts 1: All The Little Bones is a new release ebook by Ellie Marney. As the title suggests, it is a book which is primarily set within a circus, in a setting which is never disclosed (but I assumed Australia as it was giving me beachy vibes in the first section of the book).

It is a young adult book which focuses on two central characters, Sorsha and Colm, as they escape the circus in the North due to an incident which has the police searching for a suspect. It is mysterious to begin wi
I thought this would be more of a mystery than it was, I guess? But it's really about two kids running away to a rival circus to get away from a bad situation. They have each other, but that's not quite enough. Sorsha is dealing with PTSD, and she's haunted by the past, and I was so grateful that was present because it felt necessary to her character. She needs to stay in the shadows, though, because she doesn't want to get caught, but her skills are at an entirely different level from those tra ...more
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally published on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 31 August 2018:

I’ve stopped opening reviews with “I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary but…” because I realised that’s not true anymore. What is still true is that I probably lean away from YA contemporaries that are as heavy on the romance as this one, but as you can see from my rating, it didn’t bother me in this case.

Trapeze artist Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm are on the run from their family-run circus up north after an act
Joy Ashwell Callaway
I have always been immersed in books and stories, it’s where I grew up and I always love discovering new genres or topics in YA. So, beginning this series I have discovered a liking for something previously unthought of. I’ve read all of Ellie’s books and every single one I have absolutely loved. A primary reason for this is because of her ability to capture Australia and the writes about the culture of it in a way that I personally appreciate.
Circus Hearts: All the Little Bones focuses on stro
Cassandra Page
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read Ellie Marney's Every trilogy but I didn't realise that she'd also self-published a trilogy of books set in a circus until recently. When I saw them, I had to snap the first book up. I read it recently, during a reading binge while I was on holidays, and then I had to download the second and third books the next time I had internet access because I was so captivated by the first one.

I thought about reviewing all three in one post, because I read them back-to-back and all of my thoughts
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars

This was fairly light on plot, but I don't read Ellie Marney for the plot. I read her for the characters and this has an interesting cast of them. I would have liked the ending to be a little more fleshed out than it was. Everything just happened so fast. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Content warning: strong language, rape subject matter and some swoony make out scenes (though, I kind of liked them if I'm being honest :))
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED!!! I loved this story and these characters and I totally want to join a circus, not so much as a performer but more to just hang out with all of these incredible people. I read the book in two sittings and when I started I was instantly transported into the world of Sorsha and Colm (and hello swoon worthy moments!)
I was sad to get to the end and am now chomping at the bit to read book two.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raced through this - really enjoyable read, even though some of the themes were dark, with great ending.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this first book in the Circus Hearts trilogy. Ready for book two.
Another super swoony and entertaining read from Ellie Marney, but was a little too short to be completely satisfying.

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Thoughts By Tash
Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review
I fell in love with Marney and her writing when she gave us Watts and Mycroft all those years ago now. She captivated readers with dark YA crime romance series that appeal to the darkness in our hearts If you loved those books , this series is everything that you loved about those books. It’s captivating , it’s authentic and it’s raw and honest as always. You can’t image Marney books to be anyth
Fast-paced and romantic, Ellie Marney's latest book All the Little Bones had me hooked from the first page. The vivid descriptions of the circus setting and routines were a delight. All of the secondary characters were unique and I loved seeing Sorsha's relationships with them grow, particularly her friendship with Ren. Also the romance between Sorsha and Colm was very well done, I could feel the tension between them as I was reading and I loved all their scenes together. Can't wait to return to ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can Ellie write a bad book? I was hooked into the story from the beginning, with the tension of Sorsha and Colm on the run. You know something awful has happened and each piece of the story gradually unfolds. Even when they reach their destination, they still can't let their guard down. I loved the characters of Sorsha and Colm and their developing relationship. Sorsha might be small but certainly to be feared. Colm is not just a strongman as a circus act, it's his very character and nature. The ...more
Chloe Hughes
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would have easily read this book within a couple of days but the timing when I started I came down with a terrible cold that I left this book for a week to get over my sickness to properly get into.
This was intense from the get go. I love the sexual chemistry between Colm (the strongman’s apprentice) and Sorsha (who’s a trapeze artist) who’s attraction to each other couldn’t be denied to each other.
The description of the circus and the costumes sound amazing! I want to read this book all over
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always by: Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
kelly's review made me add it to my tbr!!! 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ ...more
I was really looking forward to this, and although I liked it, it didn't wow me. I liked the circus atmosphere but the romance was a bit OTT for me, and the PTSD/assault was a huge focal point. The legal part of the story seemed to appear and resolve very quickly. I see that book 2 focuses on different characters, so I may still continue with this series ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early draft of All the Little Bones.

No one writes contemporary YA romance like Ellie Marney.
Oct 22, 2018 added it
All the Little Bones starts off with a veiled crime as the backdrop for a runaway roadtrip scenario. Sorcha and Colm leave the small circus that they call home, and go south to join a much larger circus to hide from something. I know that Marney originally took this idea to publishers who then passed on it (she mentions it in a blog), but obviously not the details surrounding the process. Given the success of the Every trilogy (which is phenomenal, run don't walk), I'm confused as to why ANY pub ...more
Indy Fawcett
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to be sent this by the author for review but this will not conflict with my thoughts an opinions on Circus Heart (All the Little Bones).
I had no idea what to really think when I first started, I knew it was a circus themed book but I had it in my head that it was going to be set in the late 1800's/ turn of the century 1900's just purely because it was a circus book. To my pleasant surprise it was a very modern setting for a book although I still don't know if the setting was in Austr
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 out of 5 Stars

Marney's writing and characters never cease to impress me. Her style and dialogue are so genuine, and it always makes her stories so fun and fast to read no matter the plot. But that doesn't mean this book doesn't deliver on plot too. This story follows a circus life which leaves a lot of room for lovable and unique characters in addition to the main character's story. Sorsha and Colm were very loyal and honest with each other. I loved how you could tell they both needed one ano
Megan G
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everytime I read a book by Ellie Marney, I get swept away into a new world. The way she writes her stories, captivating you entirely and never letting you go. It has been a long time since I’ve read a book late into the early hours of the morning, and this book achieved that. I just couldn’t put it down!

This world of circus life with high flying artists, strongmen, contortionists and costume designers, is utterly unique. Something I never thought I needed. The colour in this story is absolutely
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Ellie Marney's other books - she's always incredible at developing relationships, and creating tension/chemistry between characters, and writing these intense heart-accelerating moments... so I was curious to read her new series, Circus Hearts.

The circus setting definitely makes the story feel unique - it's like nothing I've ever read before. In fact, don't think I've ever even been to a circus, so it was eye opening to experience all of these new things so vividly through the author's w
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Ellie Marney is a highly-awarded author of YA crime fiction. Her titles include the Every series - Every Breath, Every Word and Every Move - and the companion novel No Limits, White Night, and the Circus Hearts series of dark YA romantic mysteries, beginning with Circus Hearts 1. She contributed to the #LoveOzYA anthology, Begin End Begin and her latest novel, None Shall Sleep, was released 1 ...more

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