Monday, January 7, 2013

Showtime Review

The grandeur of the traveling circus is at its peak in the early 1920s when sixteen-year-old Laila Vilonia is searching for an escape from her bleak future. Behind the gates of the legendary Marvelle Circus, she is thrust into a mysterious world she never knew existed—a paradise populated with outcasts. It’s in this glamorous new home that Laila sparks a controversial romance with notorious sideshow performer, "The Disappearing Man," and learns just how dangerous her new life can be.

Touring the picturesque eastern coast of America, Laila’s immersed in friendship, vaudeville, festivals, sequins, and serial killers. But behind the curtain, a sadistic plan is brewing that will crack the very foundation upon which she’s become so dependent.

Where to buy: Amazon/B&N

Our thoughts:

Although the circus isn’t my cup of tea err coffee, I haven’t had tea in a long time, it was so beautifully written. Miss Kayne knows how to use her words effectively and paints a very realistic picture. 

Laila is already in trouble from the first page She has witnessed something she shouldn’t have. Marvelle, the legendary circus comes into the story to rescue her. Well not for the soul extent to but it ends up that way. 
Taken in by Marvelle, she is instantly shown a new life. A better life than the one she wants to forget. Being thrown into studies, duties, boys, and new friendships. Better than she had. EVER. 

Of course with all good things must come bad, lies, manipulation, heartache, and scandals. 

I was an emotional wreck at the end, I can’t wait for the next one. 

Good Job Miss Kayne!!! 4.5 stars

I came into reading Showtime not knowing anthing about the book. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get so into it. It is definitely different from the genre of books I normally read (paranormmal goodness).

In Showtime, we follow a young girl named Laila who has a lack for better words, a crappy homelife. Her father isn't around and her mother isn't motherly at all. She and her friend Hannah get into some trouble and Laila ends up taking all of the blame. Unbeknownst to her, it is a blessing in desguise. She gets offered the chance of a lifetime to leave her old life behind and start anew. She makes new friends and even finds love. Laila transforms into a beautiful young circus performer who becomes a big hit. Just as things are going her way, a competitive performer tries to upstage her and someone she least expects to see finds her. Will she be able to perform or will her career be cut short?

Chloe has done an outstanding job creating such a great, entertaining read. Her descriptiveness of the atmosphere enables the reader to visualize the circus and the shows. I really enjoyed reading Showtime and I look forward to reading book 2 in the series. 4 stars


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