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Circus Hearts: All The Little Bones Kindle Edition
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"You will not be disappointed, Marney fans! And those of you new to Marney's writing, consider All The Little Bones the gateway drug to an exceptional body of work." - Rachael Craw, author of Spark
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B07GC1MFXF
- Publisher : Bearded Lady Press (1 September 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3247 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0648088537
- Best Sellers Rank: 324,618 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Trapeze artist Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm are on the run from their family-run circus up north after an act of self defence results in a man’s death. Uneasily, they join another circus troupe, where they must navigate the social structures already in place and their growing feelings for each other, all while trying to keep their heads down so the police don’t come knocking.
I loved the performance atmosphere of Klatch’s Karnival, where Sorsha and Colm end up. For a start, the descriptions of the various routines and the costumes, and the set-up were all wonderful. I’m no full-time circus performer but I do perform in amateur musical theatre in my spare time, and there was so much that rang completely true to me. One of my favourite parts was a scene where Sorsha and her roommate Ren have a very philosophical, metaphorical conversation about envelopes, which then turns into a run of bad jokes about envelopes, which then results in laughing fits, and then a second wind of laughing fits over how you’re laughing at such bad jokes. This is me and my theatre friends after a week of dress rehearsals and three opening performances in 36 hours.
Speaking of Ren, I really enjoyed the diverse cast of circus cast and crew, though Ren was a particular favourite. She is Indonesian and there is lots of Indonesian language in the text. I also really liked the way she and Sorsha became fast friends. I was a bit worried because one of the first characters Sorsha meets is Fleur, the daughter of the circus proprietor, and I was getting a Mean Girls vibe from her, which made me a bit wary. Fortunately, though, Fleur is also fleshed out and has her reasons for being the way she is, and we’re getting a whole second book in the series focused on her, which I’m excited for!
Plot-wise, the romance probably happened a bit faster than I would generally like (I am a big fan of the old slow-burn, and when I say slow-burn, I mean, like, five books of will-they-won’t-they :P) but this is not insta-love either because the characters have actually known each other quite some time, and this is where they acknowledge the attraction that has been building. Also, I get super awkward when reading anything romantic that goes beyond a bit of kissing (probably the reason I don’t read a whole lot of romance) but this was just the right amount of sexy and I enjoyed it a lot.
When it comes to the non-romantic aspects, just know that there were certain moments when I was muttering “oh no, oh no!” under my breath on the bus on the way to work. The pace is fast and I was always eager to see what happened next. I can’t wait to see what happens in Book 2!
Sorsha and Colm have made a quick getaway from the circus they call home and are headed south to a permanent show, where the boss owes Sorsha's aunt a favour. The events surrounding their departure are revealed gradually, and Sorsha suffers from flashbacks and nightmares as she relives the events of the night that changed everything. Too young to drive herself, Colm has been roped in to see her safely to her destination. They've been warned away from each other, but their enforced physical closeness leads to a deeper connection. It's only a matter of time until the police catch up to them. Will their new friends keep them safe, or turn them over?
What I loved about this book:
The circus! Who hasn't wanted to run away and join a circus and star in the trapeze? Or maybe a ground-based act if you're scared of heights like me. Circus life always has an exotic feel, and the addition of Parlari, a traditional dialect particular to travelling performers, lends an authentic touch to this story.
Slow burn romance - as the tension in the story builds, the romance builds with it. Ellie is a master at combining crime and romance, and she writes the most delicious kissing scenes.
The supporting characters - everyone has a story, and no-one is flat or two dimensional.
Colm - strongman. Muscles. Hello.
What gave me pause:
This is not a negative at all, and it's a credit to the writing, but Sorsha's flashbacks and nightmares made difficult reading for me. She is undoubtedly in the neighbourhood of PTSD, and it's so realistic that it made me uncomfortable.
If sexual assault (or attempted assault) is likely to be triggering for you, keep that in mind when choosing whether to read this book.
I devoured this book in a day, and can't wait for the sequels!
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But she didn't! Actually, there are some scenes where main character and trapeze artist Sorsha is describing how it feels to be up there and flying and it's really kind of magical! And the costumes, and the community aspects...I loved those bits. And the other characters--Ren, and Dita, and Luke, and Gabriella--I really enjoyed getting to know them as Sorsha gets to know them, and my main complaint about this book is that it's so short, and I wanted more time with these characters and more time seeing the plot resolved.
The plot...okay, I mean, it's a romance. Basically, the plot is there to move the romance along, I think, so there's really not a whole lot of it. We're kind of thrown into the story after the main driving event has already happened, and then some large portions of time are just skipped over entirely, and I would have liked more of what was only described in passing because, personally, I'm just not in it for the romance. If you are in it for the romance, I dunno. Colm...I didn't totally get it? But if you've read other Ellie Marney books you know she's really good at all the sexual tension and steamy talk, and this definitely has that in abundance.
It's definitely not my fave of Marney's but I'm rounding my rating up because I actually, surprisingly, really want to spend more time with this circus--whaaaaat??? I'm fully planning on jumping right into book two as soon as it's available, especially since it focuses on the sort of mean girl character from this one. Is it weird that I'm a sucker for books from a former mean girl's perspective? We'll blame Courtney Summers for that one.
Anyway, if you haven't read any Ellie Marney yet, you totally should!
Sorsha, a trapeze artist, and her friend and strongman, Colm, are on the run from the police. Their journey brings them to a circus in the south known as Klatch's Karnival, where they have to build a new life for themselves and try to stay on the down-low so as not to attract the cops' attention. All the Little Bones was a character-driven story and Ellie Marney spent a lot of time developing her cast. Man, did I adore these characters or what? I know what you're thinking - Sorsha and Colm seem like they are criminals. Yes and no. They have their reasons for running away from the law and I won't divulge those reasons, but trust me when I say you will root for them. Anyways, Sorsha just broke my heart. I wanted so much for her to be happy and escape the nightmares that were constantly plaguing her. She suffered from anxiety and had panic attacks throughout the book and they were portrayed so vividly - truly, no one writes emotions quite as well as Ellie Marney. For me, Sorsha truly came to life when she was in the air doing her acts. She was just so enthusiastic about her career as a trapeze artist - you could just sense how much she loved it when she described her acts. Of course, I was also secretly in awe of all her skills because I have no talented bone in my body! At the same time, I was also envious of Sorsha because she had Colm by her side. Ellie Marney writes some of THE best YA boys and Colm!!! I have hearts in my eyes just at the thought of this guy. He was this big heavy strongman, but underneath he was just the softest character ever. He was so sweet and protective (not in a gross or invasive way) of Sorsha and was willing to do almost anything to ensure she was safe and happy.
Undeniably, a romance bloomed between the two and ugh, I want to squee because ALL THE SWOONS, people. ALL THE SWOONS! I knew that Ellie was a pro at writing romantic tension between her couples from all the books I have previously read from her, but the chemistry between Colm and Sorsha was something else. I found some of the kissing scenes in this book to be so fiery and passionate. More than that, I loved the little scenes of them unknowingly touching each other. BE STILL, MY HEART. Also, I will die alone. The author brought the circus to life with her rich and striking descriptions. I felt like I was there on the sidelines watching all the acts and it was such a brilliant and exhilarating experience. I was fascinated by the lives of these artistic folks. The cast was diverse and interesting and as well-written as the main cast. Plot-wise, I didn't find that the mystery was that much of a focal point in this book. Like I said earlier, this story focused a lot on the characters, their path to building a new life for themselves, but the case was there looming over Sorsha's head. I did wish that we had seen more of the case and the trial, but the book was just so addicting, so I didn't particularly mind it. Thought the book wrapped up the main storyline, there is still an upcoming mystery that will need to be solved. Thankfully, it's not that much of a wait for the companion novel out in October! That one should be interesting because the heroine, Fleur, was a bit of a villain in this book. I can't wait to see what Ellie Marney does with her character.
All the Little Bones is a book I know I will be re-reading in the future. Sorsha and Colm will no doubt settle in your hearts and will have you rooting for their happiness. Be prepared to die at the steamy kisses!
All the Little Bones is a fast-paced, tightly-written thriller. Marney uses YA tropes like the YA Hero (check out @broodingYAhero on twitter if you want a laugh) and so at times I could anticipate where the narrative was going. But although the story doesn’t stray far from accepted YA conventions, the plot is so tightly constructed that I absolutely had to keep on reading.
This fast-paced, exciting story is perfect for all YA readers, and I’d especially recommend it for older teens who prefer their books set in the real world.