Published January 29th 2013 by “47North”
224 pages |
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader, Mab, is the Faerie Queen of legend—and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.
Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant, Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargained for.
The show’s just beginning. Step right up…
Delightfully intriguing, with hints of magic and chaos. The Immortal Circus wraps you up in its world full of death defying acts and a mystery reaching back centuries.
The circus has always intrigued me…mainly because you can eat as much fairy floss as you want and no one looks at you weirdly. That is my kind of place. Let me just start by saying that I went into this one thinking it was going to be a different story, so I think that is why I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t have the elements in it that I was looking forward to reading. This being said the story just brings you into this crazy world from the very first page. I love it when that happens.
Our main character Vivienne joined the circus to escape a past that she doesn’t really remember. Thrown into the dark world of circus life she becomes the main suspect once members of the circus start dying. The only problem with this is that their contracts don’t allow them to pass on, so how are these people dying? Wrapped up in a war that has been raging on since the dawn of time, Vivienne takes it upon herself to figure out was is really happening.
The world was highly fascinating and I enjoyed how particular elements of well known lore is slightly changed to meet the needs of modern time. A let down, however, was the main character. I’m not a real fan when main characters take it upon themselves to ‘save the day’ without a solid justification for doing so. Viv just believed that it was her duty to figure out what was happening because the circus had become her family, when no body else was that concerned about the events. It isn’t until the very end of the book that we find out more about her past so that then her quest starts to make more sense. But this means that I found her kind of annoying for the majority of it.
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I really liked the plot line about dreams. And how since the Fae live off of human dreams and not many people believe in Faeries anymore that they had to get their source of power from somewhere, so they created the circus to fuel peoples imaginations. I also enjoyed the contract elements, and how every one came to the circus for a particular reason. And how each of these reasons tied into the survival of the circus.
What icked me a bit was when Kingston kissed Lillith…who looks like a child. Even though she is like hundreds of years old. No. I didn’t like visualising that. And that Viv never asked Melody if she was dating Kingston. That girl honestly spent half of the book pinning after this guy, but wouldn’t drop subtle questions to Melody to figure out her and his status of relationship. At least this point was sort of redeemed when Viv just comes right out and asks Kingston if it would be weird if he kissed her.
Overall I thought this story had some really unique points, but in the end the lack of character depth really brought me out the story. Have you read this one? What did you think?