Release Date: September 2011
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
This book was so intriguing and whimsical and so me and I wanted to love it so very badly. But I couldn't even finish it. I thought the writing was absolutely gorgeous and I loved a few of the characters but the story as a whole just spun me in circles. I honestly didn't have a clue what was going on and flipping back pages to see if I had missed something begun to seem like a bit too much work for leisurely reading. Maybe I'm just the type of reader who has to have everything spelled out? Maybe. But it was just way too vague and cryptic for me. Hopefully the movie is a lot more clear on things!
After The Snow by S.D. Crockett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: March 2012
Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.
But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone -- he doesn't have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl -- but Willo just can't do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?
I feel bad about this one because I don't think I gave it much of a fair chance. I got about fifteen pages in but the main character's voice - mainly his accent - frustrated me way too much. I'm not a fan of spelling out accents. It's so distracting. But I've heard so many great things about this one that I'm determined to pick it back up soon. I just couldn't justify forcing myself to read when I have so many books on my TBR pile to get to!