3.5 stars

Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY! - Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

July 08, 2016

Girl in the Shadows
Gwenda Bond
(Girl on a Wire #2)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

I love the idea of a travelling circus. I loved it before in the Night Circus and I loved it in the Girl in the Shadows. The plot was extremely interesting, and I love that there was a bit of magic involved as well. It's interesting that basically anything can be woven into a circus plot line and can look good. The plot overall was extremely intriguing and didn't bore me, even though it didn't have many twists and turns.

The characters were very vibrant. I liked how Moira wouldn't let the fact that almost everybody she loved didn't believe she could achieve her dream, mostly because of her gender, bring her down and make her stop pursuing her dream. I'm glad the author decided to  explore gender discrimination and sexism a little in this book. I did find it extremely annoying how she found it almost too easy to fall head-over-heals in love with some random guy, ignoring his every flaw. It was a bit insta-lovey.

The writing style itself was not bad. It didn't bore me to death and it did make me want to keep reading. However, the pacing was a bit problematic at times. It felt very inconsistent, as at times it went so fast I would get through 70-80 pages without noticing and at times it was very slow and a teeny bit bland.

Overall, Girl in the Shadows is a pretty great read with an interesting, unique plot involving an intriguing circus. It consists of very lively characters and an enjoyable writing style. Although there might be a few slow patches, I definitely recommend it. 

Author Bio:
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She’s also hard at work on some secret projects you don’t know about yet.
Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.

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  1. I have this book but I haven't read it! I admit, the circus aspect is what drew me to this book! I loved reading about circus ever since reading the Night Circus.

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. The circus aspect is pretty interesting. You should definitely pick it up, and I TOTALLY agree about the Night Circus.


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