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All Aces

(Circus Hearts #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A teenage contortionist and a young cardsharp risk danger to right a family legacy of injustice.…

Nineteen-year-old contortionist Ren Putri is committed to circus, study and self-discipline – in that order. But after being rescued from a carnival fire by cardsharp Zep Deal, she’s overwhelmed by some highly disorderly thoughts. Zep has a history of trouble, and now he’s been
ebook, 244 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Bearded Lady Press
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Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Definitely Everyone.
***Actual rating: 4/5 Bravo Stars***

”Let me tell you, once you learn to win by cheating, it’s damned hard to play square.”

As the Circus Hearts series continues, Ellie brought us the incredible story told from Zep Dealer (the cardsharp) and Ren Putri (the contortionist)’s POVs. After the sabotage in Fleur’s circus, pretty much everyone in the crew suspected that Zep and his notoriously evil father were the culprits, except Ren. Even though Ren showed tremendous slight interest in
Trigger warnings: violence, physical assault, medical emergency, mentions of fire (in the past).

Ren is a precious little bean and I love her.

These books have been such an absolute delight. Having had two books in the series from the perspective of trapeze artists, it was great to get one from the perspective of a contortionist as well. I loved how Ren's family featured in the story and how she had to balance her goals for the future with the expectations of her mother especia
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It’s my favourite of the three! I told Ellie about my weakness for knife-throwing bad-boys and she promised me that I would not be disappointed with her card-sharp equivalent, the unfathomably delicious Zep Deal. She was right. Zep is swoon-worthy and his love story with quirky contortionist Ren is completely delightful. If you need me, I’ve run away to join the circus.
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind November 12, 2018:

I can’t really explain why I wasn’t as into this final installment of Circus Hearts as I was the first two. I think it is partly because I am coming out on the other side of my really enthusiastic desire for circus and carnival books. I crammed a lot of them into the last couple of months and I have may have finally worn myself thin on them.

There is still plenty that I liked in this one. I really enjoyed the descriptions o
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Ellie Marney for giving me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so sad to say goodbye to this trilogy...I'm so attached to it and it really surprises me seeing as the first book only came out in September. But now I'm so attached to the characters and story in a way that I would normally only feel if it was a series I'd been following for year or two! I WANT MORE OKAY! I've grown to love everything about it so much and it breaks my heart a little (ok A LOTTT) that it's
Stef (Noveltea Corner)
(I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

It's hard to believe that the final book in the Circus Hearts series (for now, I hope!) has been released and that there's nothing more to read from the circus I've come to know and love so much. It's been a wild ride and so worth it.

After the events in All Fall Down, contortionist Ren is dealing with the after effects of smoke inhalation all while trying to maintain her
Laura Trenham
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading Circus Hearts: All Aces by Ellie Marney. Like the other two books in the series, this one follows two different characters and their story over a short period of time. We follow Ren, the contortionist, and Zep, the circus dubbed trouble maker, as they both attempt to come to terms with their own family troubles while juggling circus life and the issues it throws at them. This book takes place approximately a month after the second book and follows on with the story of th ...more
Cassandra Page
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book hot on the heels of All Fall Down (book two in the series) and I loved it almost as much. I've spent a bit of time thinking about why it wowed me slightly less -- and don't get me wrong, I still gave it 4.5 stars, and it was still awesome. I mean, it has a main character who is, if anything, even more interesting than either Sorsha or Fleur from the previous books. Sorsha was struggling with trauma but is overall very sweet, and Fleur is an alpha personality who doesn't like to ...more
After finishing the third book all I want to do is continue living in this world with Sorsha and Colm, Fleur and Marco....and of course Ren and Zep. I laughed, I cried and I sure did swoon. I love these books and think I might just go back and read them all again.
Sooooo my fave of this series! I’ve loved Ren since her introduction in book 1, and Jep...Jep is kind of perfect! I don’t know, just everything about this one worked so well for me—the way Ren deals with the aftermath of the events of book 2, the way she and Jep get to know each other and find they are both trying to escape from their families’ expectations (or in Jep’s case, just escape from his family), Ren’s friendship with Sorsha, the banter, the card tricks, the practice sessions, the sneak ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 out of 5 Stars

I don't even know what to say anymore. I'm so in love with this book and series. I want to say this story is my favorite but how can I say that when they're all so good and perfect in their own way. I'm at a loss for words.

I mean Ren has been a favorite since book one and Zep. Wow. Zep Deal, people. If you weren't in love with the first two love interests (I highly doubt that) you stand no chance now.

I also got the strongest urge to play cards after reading this, and now I feel
Sarah Fairbairn
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya-mg
All three books are set in Klatsch’s circus, with the times lines of the characters’ lives continuing from one book until the next. That being said, all books could stand alone, but I think you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t read them all and you may as well do that in order.

I was captivated with this series right from the start. In book one I adored the POV character, Sorsha.
With Fleur as the POV character in the second book it took me a little while longer get into the groo
This is my favourite in the Circus Hearts series so far. Contortionist Ren and card-sharp Zep are a great combination. Both trapped in some way by family ties, looking to make their own way, on their terms, in a hostile world that seems to put obstacles up at every turn. Zep is smart, sexy, sensitive, and - despite having the despicable Angus Deal for a father - a straight shooter. Ren is struggling to prove to her family that circus life is what she wants and is a worthwhile career option. She ...more
Great romance, great story, and great characters.

I will always associate this trilogy with my father's funeral. I read them all as I traveled there and back again, and in between moments of sadness, and great joy I shared with my siblings and mother.

Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My only complaint about this book is that it's the last one and there's no more. 😭

Full review to follow.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No one sustains and then breaks romantic tension like Ellie.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All Aces is definitely my favorite in the Circus Hearts series. I didn't want it to end.

I can always count on Ellie Marney to write characters who don't immediately make sense together but have amazing chemistry. Ren and Zep are no exception.

There are so many things I loved about All Aces: the multidimensional characters, the complex family dynamics, the way Ren describes Zep's artistry with cards, the actual plot line itself... We finally get some resolution to the mystery that began in Book 1,
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
Great romance with wonderful characters.
Dec 05, 2018 added it
The third instalment in the Circus Hearts trilogy is probably the one I found to be the most fun. The plot is pretty straightforwards and kicks along at a great pace, and I enjoyed both characters, although I do wish that Ren's relationship with her Uncle and parents were explored a little more as for a while it seemed like the plot was going to veer in that direction, which it ultimately didn't.

The circus by this book felt very full, and I loved the descriptions of the world. The characters ha
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic rap up of the Circus Hearts trilogy. I love Ellie Marney's books and this did not disappoint. Excellently drawn characters, well researched and authentic voices and settings, thrilling situations and swoon worthy romance. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with the previous two books in the trilogy, I absolutely devoured this one. Basically I've read the three books in one day! I don't think I can choose a fave from the three, and although there's a good conclusion, I'd love more stories!! ...more
Steph Cuthbert
4.5 absolutely devoured. What a great series
Illuminated Frogs
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Ellie Marney continues to be the only author who can get me properly invested in contemporary romance.
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Fire recounted
Physical assault
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, ya
All Aces, like the first two books in the series (All the Little Bones and All Fall Down) is written in the first person from the point of view of the young female protagonist. It was a great way to introduce Sorsha and then Fleur and give them great agency.

Getting inside the head of Indonesian-born contortionist Ren Petri is also fantastic, and even more so because Ellie Marney has found a distinctive voice for her. Along with being supremely bendy, Ren is studious, kind, very organised and ver
Hannah • So Obsessed With
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Though the first book in this series didn't quite live up to my expectations, these two won me over! I loved that the second book made me love a character I'd previously hated, and the romance just worked so well for me. The mystery was better, too, and had more tension. So I was excited to go right into the third, and it didn't disappoint. I think it was my favorite of the three because the couple was just too adorable! I loved the sneaky moments and the swoony ones. Both books get a So Enjoyed ...more
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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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