Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond is a companion novel to Girl on a Wire.
“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 to read books about circuses and magicians. After finishing Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I was hooked on any synopsis/cover featuring these adventures. So when I saw this pretty cover, I immediately requested it on NetGalley.
But I gotta say that I wasn’t feeling this book. About 60 pages in, I decided that I needed to DNF it and move on.
The plot felt underdeveloped to me and flat. I felt like the story was jumping around and quick-paced to the point where I felt confused.
I did like the idea of feminism as the character’s motives whose father, a magician, doesn’t think women can fulfill the position. I felt like there was a lot of potential for the plot, but the execution fell a little short for me.
Maybe the plot came together after the 60 pages, but I just didn’t feel the book at that point. Looking at the other reviews on Goodreads, a lot of them were very mixed, so if the plot sounds intriguing to you, then you should give it a try,
Also, this is a companion novel which I wasn’t aware of upon my request, so I was unable to read Book 1. I don’t think that you necessarily need to read the first book in order to understand the characters and development. From what I’ve seen, many people did enjoy Girl on a Wire.
It wasn’t a bad book, I just didn’t feel the story at the time.
More Book Information:
Published: 5 July 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eBook from Publisher
**Disclaimer: I received this book, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Nothing in my reviews are influenced in any way as they always contain my opinion only.**
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