Author: Laura Lam
Series: Stand Alone (with potential for a sequel)
Published By: Strange Chemistry (Feb. 5, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (In exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.
But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
What do you say about a read that is so uniquely bizarre and interesting that you literally are left speechless after reading it?
How do you review a book that was slightly disturbing and beautiful all at the same time? So rich in detail and setting that you felt like you were a part of this wonderfully horrific world Lam has created?
Honestly, I really don't know what to say. Maybe I am trying to write this review a little too soon after reading it because my mind is still reeling from..well, everything really. Things I didn't see coming, the perfectly strange storyline, the crazy characters, the twists, the turns. All of it.
I have only read a handful of books involving the circus in one form or another and so far have been very pleased with each read, no matter how strange or curious they are. This one definitely takes the cake in bizarreness. This one wins hand down. And even though it was filled with the strange and unique and to quote Alice in Wonderland, I couldn't help thinking. '”This is getting curiouser and curiouser.”
Lam has truly created something original. Something so exotic and surprising that you can't help but be drawn into the story. Into the world of Ellada. Something modern and archaic all at the same time.
With the ending I can only assume that there will be a sequel and while I wouldn't say I loved this one, it was a little extreme for me at times, I am very curious as to what will happen next. I mean..yeah. So very crazy.
This was very well written and truly a story like no other.