Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Reviews - Girl in the Shadows & Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

Book & Author Details

Girl in the Shadows by 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.


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 or @gwenda on Twitter.
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Review by Suze
Jules Maroni wants to join the Cirque American. It's a big and famous circus and she'll have the chance to do a fantastic performance there. Jules is a high-wire walker. She can makes pirouettes on the rope and she isn't afraid to take risks. She tricks her family into joining the circus of her dreams. Only the Garcia family is also working for the circus and they hate the Maronis.
Jules doesn't understand what's going on with her grandmother. There are so many secrets and she has to find out what they are to be able to prevent history from repeating itself. One of the Garcia brothers, Remy, doesn't want Jules to be his enemy. Together they try to find clues about what happened in the past and they want to bring back peace in the circus. Will they be able to succeed and what will be the price they have to pay?
Girl on a Wire is a wonderful book about the circus and magic. I'm a big fan of both and loved this story from the start. It was fun to read about the circus itself, the beautiful costumes, the way of life of the artists and the relationships between people. There are plenty of secrets and there's a mystery aspect. Jules and Remy are great together. I loved their connection and their sweet communication. They both work hard to achieve their goals and I really liked that about them. They are interesting main characters and I loved reading about their adventures.
Gwenda Bond has created a beautiful, mysterious and enchanting world. Her vivid descriptions make her story come to life very well. I could easily picture everything she writes about and I enjoyed being so thoroughly informed about every aspect of the circus. Gwenda Bond doesn't spare her characters and there's one really sad moment in the book. I loved the idea of the seemingly happy cheerful circus environment with so much drama behind the scenes. Girl on a Wire is a captivating story about two fascinating families and I highly recommend it.
Review by Suze
Moira's father is a famous Las Vegas illusionist. Moira wants to follow in his footsteps, but he doesn't allow his daughter to do magic. That's why Moira decides to audition for Cirque American. There she might have a chance to be on stage. Hopefully her father will eventually see what she can do. Moira wants to make him proud and she wants to do what makes her happy.
When Moira joins the circus doing magic tricks takes on a new meaning. Moira can actually feel the magic, but that isn't real, or is it? Moira can do the most fantastic stunts with just a little bit of help and soon her reputation grows and her wish to be on stage finally becomes reality. The circus isn't safe though. Knife thrower Dez keeps an eye on Moira, but there are secrets he's keeping from her. Will Moira's abilities be enough to prevent disaster from happening?
Girl in the Shadows is a wonderful book about illusions and escape stunts. I loved reading about the different tricks. Moira has interesting skills and she's both creative and smart, which is a good combination. I loved reading about her plans for the future. She isn't afraid to take risks, faces her problems and tries to make the world a better place for the people she loves. It was fun to read about her perseverance and the temptation of magic she has to handle.
Gwenda Bond's writing immediately made me enter a different world. I forgot everything that happened around me and read this book in one sitting. It was great to read about Cirque American again. It's a fascinating place where the impossible becomes possible. The main characters from Girl on a Wire play minor parts in this story, you can easily read it as a standalone. It was lovely to read a bit more about them though. I think this book is magical and I absolutely loved it.

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  1. This sounds like a nice read . Thanks for the review :)

  2. Great reviews, Suze! This series sounds magical and very atmospheric, too! I love it when an author can make a world just come to life!

  3. I'd love to read this!