Monday, 17 February 2014

The Immortal Circus: Act One (Cirque des Immortels #1) by A.R. Kahler Review

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..

I purchased this book at least a year ago after the night circus and then never read it, the OH did and enjoyed it but for me, it just sat on my to read shelf. The other night, i saw The Circus Of Horrors and on a high from that, i decided this book could fulfill the gap that seeing the show had left. It did not dissapoint, whilst it was not comparable to the circus of horrors, it was a great read. It took me far away once more into the land of circus. We meet Vivienne, a new addition to the team with no recollection much of life before the circus, but a feeling that she had to run. The opening of the book sees us discover a bloody murder, and what follows is not a simply magical story, but a darker take on a genre i would usually avoid making it both enticing and perfectly readable. The writing style kept me drawn in to the world and the drama that was unfolding all around Vivienne whilst she battled all the emotions running through her veins including love for the apparently unattainable Kingston. Whilst this was probably a bit young for me, i did love it and i found that it was something out of my comfort zone that just worked.


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