If you ever read the Night Circus, whether you like it or not, you’ll know how fascinating the circus is. The rich imagenary, the intricate magic, the lush writing style. I’ve been looking for more circus books after that, and after long searching, this year I read 2 of them. They’re both set in the fictional Cirque Americain, with less magic but more circus attraction. Without further ado, here comes the double review.
Girl on A Wire // ✰✰✰✰
- Let’s start with the positive. I LOVE THE CIRCUS. THE NIGHT CIRCUS felt more like a magic show, but Cirque Americain feels like a real circus. We have wire acts, trapeze, equestrians, dogs, clowns, etc. And the description of their acts and life behind the stage, I love seeing how the circus performance are family and all that. Sadly, the amazing performance and family takes the backseat more and more as the story progressed.
- The feud between the Garcias and Maronis is also very intriguing. I keep turning the pages to find out what actually happened between them. Also, it seems to be a Romeo and Juliet retelling? Feuding families, similar name…
- I like Remy, he seems like a decent guy for me. Unfortunately, the characters aren’t really fleshed out in this book. I really want to know more about Dita, Novio, Sam, and even Remy. They’re really two dimensional and it hinders my connection to them. I didn’t even feel anything during a certain scene, because I don’t know him at all! That being said, the shadiness of some characters really worked for this book.
- I really like Jules stubborness, she’s chasing her dream to revive her family name. But I dislike how she keep digging out the dirt afterwards, even though she knew her Nan was involved and treated badly and it will surely hurt her.
Girl in the Shadows // ✰✰✰.5
- Again, starting with the positives. The Circus is still amazing, this time with more acts revealed like knife throwing and magicians. I would love to visit it if only it was real *sigh*
- The plot is predictable, but there are some of my guesses that are wrong so it wasn’t as simple as it looks, and I really liked it.
- Moira started out okay, she really goes out on her own way to chase her dreams. The problem is, she became worse than Jules as the book progresses. Reading about her makes Jules look like a saint. She cares only about Dez, but ever since she confirmed she has magic, she doesn’t listen to anyone, do the opposite of what everyones said to her, trust too easily, and she just too blind to see. I really wish something bad happened to her just to show her how wrong her choices were.
- Dez is really shady. I usually love the bad-boys-with-troubled-past trope, but there’s something about Dez that’s just unlikeable. He just tried way too hard for me, and just too shady I can’t believe Moira missed it.
- I also can’t believe Moira blamed her father for trying to protect her.
- Again, the side characters are not fleshed out in here. They are just circus performers, period. The friendship also felt fake to me, seeing that Moira rarely spend her time with Remy, Dita, Jules except the first few days and everytime they eat. She spends her waking moment with Dez all the time, and yet it seems like they’re all really close with each other.
Overall, this series is pretty good if you’re a fan of the NIGHT CIRCUS. The circus was what drawn me to this series, and it doesn’t fail in that aspect. The first book is better in my opinion, but I still glad this series doesn’t consist of one book only, because I really happy to come back to the circus world. If you’re looking for a circus themed series, this one is perfect for you!