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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  84 reviews
How do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?

In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . .

Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn’t gliding through the a
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Wattpad Books
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Good book, but something was missing

I think the cover is very pretty, but it sort of odd because the Trapeze artists in the story are sort of rivals with the Ariel Silk girls and the cover picture is an Ariel Silk girl, not a girl on a Trapeze. Despite that, I would have to give Trapeze 3.4 stars. It was good enough to be over three because it held my interest till the very end, but not enough to bump it up to 4 stars because something was just missing. I did like the ending, though it was a sur
Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a great first novel by Leigh Ansell. She has been publishing her work on Wattpad for the last 8 years and she has accumulated over 130,000 followers. I see great things in this young author's future. There were entire sections of this novel that were first rate - incredibly impressive, in fact. Leigh Ansell will only get better with time.

Corey Ryder met Luke at the start of her bri
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Before I get into my review for this book, I do want to mention some triggers that this book includes. Mentioning some of these triggers may partially spoil some components of the story but I do want to include these triggers in this review because I think it's important for readers to have a warning. If you are worried about the triggers spoiling the storyline for you, skip the next paragraph.

Some of the triggers that this novel includes are: abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional), domestic vi
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, 2019, romance, contemporary
**I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book comes out September 10, 2019

3.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

How do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?

In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . .

Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn
I'm trying to look for diverse YA books here, and no matter what, most of them seem to disappoint me some way or other. Trapeze isn't diverse per se, but I'd liked that this book is about a trapeze artist. But surprise, surprise! There is less than 10% of circus in it :)) It seems as though YA books are just determined to turn out the same these days because this book ended up being just another teen flick. I've to admit though, the writing is reaalllyy good (but too polished?) and kept me hooke ...more
Kate R
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*3.5 stars*
Corey is 17 and has been living in the circus life since she was 2. She is a breakout trapeze artist, and on her debut as lead in a very small town in California, a fire breaks out in the circus tent and she barely makes it out alive. When the only life she’s ever known is in ashes around her, she moves back in with her mother, and begins a real school for the first time in her life. With this life change is a girl trying to find her place in this new world, gaining confidence, findin
Oh my goodness I loved this book. One of my favourites by Leigh. It was original, had a great character and plenty of underlying storylines to keep you guessing, and she has a fantastic prose that is unique and only hers. She is intelligent, capable and creative, and this positively shines through in her writing.

Keep up the fantastic work!

Adios, bookworms. x
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This started off so promising! I loved the first 70 or so pages - they were beautifully written and so engaging. Corey was such an easy character to get to know and I loved her meet cute with Luke. But it quickly went downhill after Corey started living with her mum and going to school in Sherwood. It became repetitive and all that happened was calculus and counselling. Again and again and again. I wanted to be invested with Luke and Corey's blossoming friendship and their eventual rela
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“If this is you falling to pieces,” he stated, his voice perfectly level, “then you’ve got to be the most together person I’ve ever met.”

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trapeze tells the story of Corey Ryder a seventeen-year old Trapeze artist, who after a tragic accident must ditch her leotard in exchange for a normal high school experience.

From just the synopsis alone, I was intrigued, and I was getting some serious The Greatest Showman
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalleys
This review is based on an ARC of Trapeze which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Wattpad Books).

Maybe some Wattpad novels should stay on Wattpad…

This isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. I’ve read books not published via Wattpad, books from notable publishers, that are way worse. I did make it through the entirety of this one (barely), so that speaks for its being at least somewhat bearable. However the story comes across extremely amateurish. (Of course, it’s easy for me to
Born To Read
Jun 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mystique circus in in town. And Corey is part of it. She is a trapeze acrobat. But due to a tragedy, she has to stay in California with her mom. And she has never seen her! She must attend high school and there she meets another teenagers.
And I can't say anything else. Because I couldn't finish the book. I tried. And I tried. And then I tried some more. For six day. But it was impossible. In my opinion, it was boring and it wa
Jade  - theelderbooks
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer is coming, and so are summer reads ! Contemporaries are my to-go genre for the summer, and when I saw Trapeze on Netgalley, I thought it would be a great read for the beginning of June.

First of all, this is a Wattpad book. I used to love Wattpad before so many kids used it ! There were a lot of amazing stories, especially romances, and they were pretty cool to read. I'm sure there are still some around, but they're drowning in horribly written fanfictions now... Anyway, I'm super happy Wa
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you know how it feels when you find a book that you just connect with from the first page? That is the feeling that I had while reading this book. I grew up from age 6-24 learning the aerial arts so I immediately knew the passion and dedication that goes into the circus. The way this author was able to really mold Corey into a graceful,driven, and independent teenager was amazing.

After tragedy strikes the circus that she calls home, Corey is sent to live with a women who she hasn’t seen or he
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a super quick but super enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the characters and how they progressed throughout the story.

My main issue was that, for a book called Trapeze, there wasn’t very much trapeze in it. I wished there was more about Corey missing it when she wasn’t doing it or even trying to find ways to practice. For something that was her whole world for 15 years, to have her not even think about it after a month
Emma Kiely
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

Honestly this book was hands down one of my favourite reads so far this year.
I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and amazing description.
I quite literally could not put this book down it was so good!
I loved the characters and the whole circus element made it even more interesting and magical.
Both main characters come from broken family backgrounds and honestly lukes story broke my heart!
A thrilling read t
Marie Clarisse

"They say time is a circus, always packing up and moving away."

The author of this story has writing skills so incredible, they could put a lot of professional novelists to shame. It's not everyday that you get to come across a tale that catches your attention with the very first sentence (quoted above.) The beginning was beautiful, the ending was beautiful. Most of the stuff in between was a little too dull for my liking. Oh well, I guess I should just stick to full-time circus books. Almost
Jessica | Booked J
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

A stunning debut! Leigh Ansell's writing is smooth, effortlessly honest and full of life. The good, the bad, the in-between. If you're a fan of Morgan Matson, Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen, you'll likely want to keep Leigh Ansell on your radar. Trust me on this one: we're going
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Corey had been traveling with her aunt's circus for practically her whole life, but when a fire ravaged the big top, her future as an up and coming trapeze artist was put on hold, and she was forced to settle down with her estranged mother. Faced with so many new and intimidating situations, Corey pushed on as she awaited the fate of future with the circus.

• Pro: I absolutely loved the premise of this story. I am always up for a good fish-out-of-water tale, and having someone f
Kajree Gautom
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this book since I enjoyed the story on Wattpad. Well, reading it now, I did find it a little stupid though.

I loved the beginning of this book. The author's starting line was hooking and engaging and had a great punch. The first few chapters flew off really well, as we get to see the characters and learn about them. I also enjoyed the whole setting of the circus and how disaster struck so soon.

The story was basically very predictable though. I enjoyed seeing the che
Alissa H.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Review to come!
Sumaiya Ahmed
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FULL REVIEW: https://wordsunfilteredbys.wordpress....

I literally finished reading it about an hour ago and I’m just sitting in awe. I loved this book. It was phenomenal and so, so well written. I did notice some changes from the Wattpad version and if anything, it got even better. Leigh’s writing has always been amazing but it’s only improved over the years, and this version of it is marvelous, honestly. When I finished reading it, I knew that this is a book I will be raving about to all my frie
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I greatly appreciate.

Trapeze had a really great premise. The idea of a teenage trapeze artist who then gets dropped into a high school after being homeschooled all her life (much like in Mean Girls) is a really interesting plot. Unfortunately, the book doesn't seem to quite know what to do with a really interesting character like Corey. Corey reacts to situations in such interesting ways. She's very street smart but
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I love the idea of a circus setting. Circus life intrigues me! However, majority of this book does not take place in a circus or on a trapeze. It starts off that way, but it quickly becomes a novel about a teen girl in high school.Unfortunately because of the 'negative stigma' surrounding circus performers, Corey was quick to hide everything that made her what made Corey quirky and different was quickly lost.

Although this book was easy to read, I felt like some things wer
Jessica Smith
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and all of my others over at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Wattpad Books, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Corey has been with Cirque Mistique since she was two years old. It's all she's ever known, and she's fine with that. She has a family in the rest of the circus crew as well as her Aunt Shelby. She's part of the trapeze team and loves every second of the gruelling training that Silv
Kelly Parker
I decided to check out Trapeze by Leigh Ansell because I’m a fan of YA fiction and was intrigued about the life of a teenager in the circus.
Well, too bad for me that life in the circus was hardly covered; the author gave some very rudimentary exposition that anyone with a Google search could find, and the parts of the book where Corey was actually IN the circus were very short anyway.
Apart from that, there were other things that rubbed me the wrong way:
To start off – it’s known fro
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars. For this review and many others, please visit -

I really struggled with the rating of this book. I went into it expecting something – a book about the circus, and the inner workings of a trapeze artist. I was desperate for the setting, the atmosphere, and the details of circus life. Yes, we get that in this book, but not nearly enough!!! This ended up being more of a teenage drama story – not that that’s a bad thing! But my expecta
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

I dabble into YA fiction from time to time because I like to try it for my teenage stepdaughters. I have found some real gems that I really enjoyed and with its background in the circus I was sure this would be one I would enjoy.

Corey is a teenager sigh a slightly unusual life in the circus Mystique. Estranged from her birth mother, Corey has been brought up her Aunt Shelby and trained as a trapeze artist. Now 17, Corey dreams of becoming the lead artist on trapeze and a lifelong career with the
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd never read a crowd-sourced book before, and I wasn't sure how it would be. This book is being published by Wattpad, the app where writers can upload manuscript and readers can read, comment, and review them. Wattpad has decided to publish in print the books that are the cream of the crop. I think it's great that for their first list, all of the books are Young Adult. As much as editors try desperately to keep their thumb on the pulse of the zeitgeist, teens also want desperately to keep adul ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn’t at all what I expected going in. I was thinking it would be a typical sweet and cozy contemporary love story with some thoughtful bits in it, basically a happy pill in the form of a book. But I was wrong, but I was wrong in the best way possible.

Trapeze is a contemporary coming of age story with a surprising amount of depth and darkness to it. It’s a nice balance between the classic contemporary cute romance element and the more serious parts of living in a small town where ever
Emmie (Oncemorewithreading)
Thank you to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Life on the road is all Corey Ryder has known. At seventeen years old she works at her aunt’s circus as a trainee trapeze artist. Being up in the air performing every night is what she loves to do and cannot imagine her life any other way. The circus is her home and its performers her family.

The circus stops at Sherwood, California and to Corey it seems like nothing can go wrong especial
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