Circus of Lost Souls [NOOK Book]

Overview

Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it's all part of the act.

Or is it?

As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this renowned theater-based summer camp finds herself contemplating what's real and what's not.

What if it's not just a horror ...
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Circus of Lost Souls

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Overview

Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it's all part of the act.

Or is it?

As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this renowned theater-based summer camp finds herself contemplating what's real and what's not.

What if it's not just a horror show, but a live snuff performance perpetrated by real-life, infamous serial killers? What if the murders . . . are real?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149008179
  • Publisher: Riley J. Ford
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 585,556
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

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    Disturbing. Very dark, disturbing, trippy, interesting soul swap

    Disturbing. Very dark, disturbing, trippy, interesting soul swapping concept. I had a tough time with some of the dialogue between the kids, as is typical for me with YA books, but over all, found this to be a good scary romp and look forward to more of the story!

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Characters: Myra Anderson is the perfect character to tell this

    Characters: Myra Anderson is the perfect character to tell this story through. She has been indelibly affected by a trauma when she was a child. Fortunately, this takes the mysterious aspects of this book to a new level, because one is never quite sure if what they are experiencing as they read is being seen through the eyes of someone who is unreliable. Myra is very sympathetic and the authors did a great job of creating an unease in her that carried the story. Very believable side characters as well. In fact, this whole premise could have come off as a comedy if I didn't start to believe in what was going on. That is mostly because of the development of all the characters. Myra's boyfriend Bo, is another character, that though a side character, was very well-developed. Loved the characters, even the ones that cscared the crap out of me, like Ian, one of the tattooed carnival monstrosities.

    Setting: This is where this story truly excels. Characters pull off the story, but it is setting that puts you in it. The circus felt so real. It was well described and I wondered if this was, in small part, a place that one of the authors had experienced, the summer camp feel, in a circus of the macabre type atmosphere. The place gave me the creeps. One part of the book reminded me of a book I read a couple of months ago called "The Association" by Bentley Little. That book creeped me out because of the strong ties to the setting. This one gave me that same feeling of otherworldliness. Creepy!

    Chill factor: When a horror novel can give me the chills, it has done it's job. Sometimes I have to plod through books, hoping that they will get good. This book did exactly what it should have done, the tension kept building and building until I was just about to scream at the characters in the book "Run, run! Get your ass out of there!" Just enough creepiness. Just enough mystery. Just enough thriller. At one point, I was reading and killed 50 pages in what seemed like no time at all! Scary and compelling, with just enough of everything to keep me reading through the night and into the next day. Reminiscent of many movies I have liked, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Fallen, and a bunch more.

    Altogether, Circus of Lost Souls is a bullet of a book that will stick with you for a while after you read it. Maybe you'll be looking at your friends to see if they have changed. Maybe they just aren't the same. It'll all be okay, nothing's wrong. Or is it?

    Five very enthusiastic stars ***** ! Riley J. Ford and Rebecca Hamilton have orchestrated a scary, creepy story. I'm looking forward to what they have up their sleeves next.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    What can I say about this book? It was one heckuva ride. It star

    What can I say about this book? It was one heckuva ride. It started off with a bang, with teenage Myra Anderson arriving at a circus performing arts camp and immediately being confronted by a crazy woman outside the circus warning everyone not to go in. There is an immediate sense of danger, which I love in a suspense book. Myra suspects something is not right with this place, but her friends are oblivious. They don't know that bad things can happen, but Myra does. Plus, the circus is not only full of odd characters, but a creepy tattooed guy seems to know her. Of course, Myra's boyfriend, Bo, is not too happy about having this scary guy fixate on his girlfriend. A series of confrontations happen, one of which unfortunately interrupts a VERY hot love scene! The chapters start ratcheting up in intensity from there. With each performance onstage, something happens to each of students. They start acting weird afterwards, not themselves. Are the onstage murders real? Or is Myra overreacting because of the murder she saw as a child? And what is UP with that freaky tattooed guy? Why does he keep following her around? And why does the ringmaster seem like he has something to hide? Something is definitely NOT RIGHT with this circus, and the more I read this book, the more I couldn't wait to find out where the plot twists and turns were going to take me. I wasn't disappointed. Every single question was answered, every single thread followed up on. What a brilliant book! I read it in two nights. I haven't read something this good in a long time. It took me on a ride I'll never forget, with an ending I definitely didn't expect. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. I hope there's a sequel. It BEGS for a sequel! I plan on reading this book again in the meantime, just to savor it a second time through. Oh, and it was creepy and scary in places but in just the right amount. LOVED this book!

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