This was a great debut novel by Gwenda Bond, the work, drama and family bonds behind the scenes of the circus. I loved the superstitions, lore, history, suspense and thrill in this book. It is a truly amazing novel that kept me engaged all the way through.
I really enjoyed the characters, the way they all interacted and the way they all pretend not to believe superstitions and lore but when really confronted they are apprehensive about it. I loved the Shakespearean core to the book, the Maronis and the Garcias feuding like the Capulet and Montague families, the rivalry is amazing. Then there is the “star crossed lovers” haha, Jules and Remy, but really the only people keeping them “apart” (I use that word lightly because they don’t get kept apart at all) is themselves believing everyone still holds on to the feud.
Anyway, things keep happening and people get hurt or die and Jules and Remy are determined to get to the bottom of it all. They play Sherlock and Watson together behind everybody’s backs and work out the mystery. Bond did a wonderful job, I was completely entertained throughout and I even cried a bit. I loved seeing Jules grow as a person a bit throughout the book and seeing how things progressed and concluded. This was a great debut novel for Gwenda Bond and I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future. Would I recommend this book, Yes I would. If you like YA and a bit of mystery, the circus made the perfect backdrop for a dangerous and thrilling mystery adventure!