I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 14/08/18
My 43rd book this year)
Ari was a ballerina until she lost her place at the dance academy. By chance she passes by and auditions for a position in the circus. She thought it would help ease her feeling of being rejected and she wanted to be free from the strict dance restraints of ballet.
Knowing her parents would be disappointed, possibly angry and believing her mother would be distraught in finding out. Ari avoids telling the truth and decides to live her life with a little bit of freedom before admitting what has happened.
In the Cirque she meets all kinds of people that she has never had the opportunity to come across. Everyone here has their own talents and skills, most of them have such great friendships that they form mini families. This lifestyle is the complete opposite of Ari is used to. She finds the longer she stays here, the less she wants to face reality. Especially because Gabriel the knife thrower has seemed to capture her heart, the heart of the target girl, Ari.
I loved the idea behind this book, of escaping to the circus, to discover the unknown and to be free to discover her own desires.
Considering Ari is supposed to be 18 years old, she acts much younger and reacts so innocently at every turn of the story. Dmitri the bad guy is after every new girl and she leads him on but her character is supposed to be pure, contradicting itself.
I absolutely hated her relationship to Dmitri. I don’t understand how her relationship with Gabriel ever developed past his cold demeanour.
Most of the book was frustrating to read. The highly unnecessary “passionate” scenes were awful to read but somehow I still wanted to find out what happened to this strange couple all the way to the end.
Apologies to the author but I couldn’t give a higher rating although I was very much interested in the plot itself.
Written by Ling Lee (15/08/18).