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This book was so amazing and different. It was so emotional in so many different ways, and so deep that I found myself having to take a break from it. Almost like something so tragic that you want to turn away but at the same time so curious and so good that you have to stay focused. I'm not sure how to word this. In no way was it boring or mindless, just the opposite. But in the first few hours I was wondering when it was going to have something major happen. When all the time, it was all playing out before me. I found myself wanting to look back and go back over parts to see hidden truths I may have missed the first time. The narrator was meant for this book. His voice had such a creepy, ominous sound to it. Very suspenseful and mournful at the same time. Very fitting. I could hear all the emotions coming out through his voice. He is a natural talent for sure. I'm going to see if he narrates anything else. The characters were so well developed. This circus was made up of misfits that society had rejected for many reasons, because they were different. They each have their own special talent which is what others would call magic. When really, they are gifts. The ring master has nothing but love and the well being of his performers in his heart. He is the glue that holds it all together. However, there is something sinister going on around them. No one knows this, maybe a few. Who is responsible and why would they possibly feel the need for this? Could it be the new performer who has showed up and seems to be all that was ever needed in a circus because of his exceptional talents? Or is it one of their own?
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I actually liked this book more than I thought I would. It is written at a young teen to young adult level, but that certainly doesn't stop it from being a wonderfully engaging story full of enchanting characters. I love them all. The story is a bit unusual and blends fantasy with reality. The only thing that really disappointed me about the book is that it ends on a cliff-hanger. Now, I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
I listened to the audible version and narrator, Steve Barnes, did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters to life. He really made the story even more enjoyable.
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Finley joins the circus full of Dream Travelers for one reason but he must keep that reason a secret along with his past. That isn’t easy with Zuma, his new aerial partner, being a telepath. With Dave’s rules life at the circus should run smoothly but Finley’s feelings get in the way and not only is he bound to break rules but he may also break trust.
There is always an air of magic and mystery around the circus and Noffke has really brought that out with her gifted characters and Dream Travel world. The Romeo and Juliet-style romance enhances the story along with a third party.
The book did seem to end just as it got to a really interesting part which is a shame but I guess now I’ll to buy the next instalment in the series.