Trapeze by Leigh Ansell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Good book, but something was missing
I think the cover is very pretty, but it sort of odd because the Trapeze artists in the story are sort of rivals with the Ariel Silk girls and the cover picture is an Ariel Silk girl, not a girl on a Trapeze. Despite that, I would have to give Trapeze 3.4 stars. It was good enough to be over three because it held my interest till the very end, but not enough to bump it up to 4 stars because something was just missing. I did like the ending, though it was a surprise. I think that part of the problem may have been when the main character, Corey Ryder was going to school for a while there is seemed that for a while there were some boring descriptions of her days and unnecessary scenes.
The book starts out very well, with great characterizations and a wonderful story about Corey’s life as a 17 year old Trapeze artist in training in the circus. They just have pulled into the town of Sherwood, California. Corey has a tradition of going to the first restaurant she sees in every town where the show sets up and if she has a good experience that means they will have a good opening night.
She meets a cute boy at the diner, Luke Everett, who she invites to the show as she leaves. After practice she finds out she will no longer be in training, but will be the main trapeze artist. However, during the show tragedy strikes and she ends up having to leave circus life and move in with her Mother. She hasn’t lived with her Mom since she was two and doesn’t remember her. But it turns out the reason they came to Sherwood was because her Mother wanted to meet her.
Going forward the book has a ton of angst, which is understandable. There is angst about living with a mother she doesn’t know, about going to school for the first time, about her homeschooling in the circus not being good enough, and most of all about kids finding out she was from the circus.
Then she ends up in a class with Luke and when she does poorly on a test, he offers to be her tutor. I think one thing that could be done much better in the book is the relationship between these two. There are only a few times when they are together that are described in the book. But then at one point it is mentioned that they kiss a lot when they are together at his house. But most of those times were not written about. Yet a bunch of her school days and a trip to her guidance counselors office was.
All in all, I did enjoy the book. It had some dark themes that I won’t get into, because I don’t want to give everything away. Some of these are slowly revealed as you read the story, so it was interesting how it all came out. I did like the ending, which was a HEA. I would like to say more on that, but I don’t want to give that away either. The book was definitely worth reading and wasn’t that long and there aren’t many books with the circus and trapeze artists in them so it is original in that way.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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