Author: Laura Lam
Length: 292 Pages
Format: nookbook, ePUB
Why I read it: Debut Author Challange
What it’s about: The story follows Gene, a girl born into nobility. She is close with her brother, and very much a tomboy, but she also has a big secret. One night she hears her parents arguing about her, and she decides to run away. She takes up the false name of Micah Grey, and joins the circus. Al the while she is still living with her big secret and trying to fit in and prove herself.
The good: I’m a sucker for a circus setting. While I’m not a big fan of the split story lines, it was very well done in this book. I think mainly because it’s two perspectives from the same person. I also loved learning about the circus people. when Micah/Gene described the settings of where she lived, it was so vivid and beautiful. Even the slums were well described, and I wanted to really be in some of the places that were mentioned. I know I’ve said it before, but in a genre that is overrun with vampire, werewolves, angels, witches, and now zombies, it is nice to read a book about someone who is not a supernatural being. True, Micah/Gene’s secret could be considered controversial, but that is only because of the ignorance people have of it.
The bad: No surprises, well at least not with the main character. It was fairly easy to guess Micah/Gene’s secret early on, and that the two characters were the same person. An abrupt ending is always a let down to me. Leave it on a cliff hanger, yes, but an abrupt stop, especially with no word of what may happen with Micah/Gene or if there will be a second book…. it’s almost cruel.
Final thoughts: Very good book. People should go read it.