Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Gwenda Bond is the author of Girl on a Wire and Girl in the Shadows, whose daredevil young heroines discover danger and passion lurking beneath the big top. Her previous books include the young adult novels The Woken Gods and Blackwood. Her writing has also appeared in Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun story with themes of girl power, rebellion, and honesty. I can't think of much to say about it right now except that I was never bored, and it wasn't all predictable, which was great. It's got both magic and "magic", so if you like a twist on your love stories (or if you'd like to learn a few things about how magicians pull off their tricks, or what some major female magicians were best known for), you should definitely read this book. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Review also posted at: http://underthebookcover.blogspot.com/2016/07/book-review-girl-in-shadows-by-gwenda.html 3.5/5 Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! Girl in the Shadows is the second book set in the world of the Cirque American and follows Moira Mitchell as she tries to become a magician, despite her father's wishes. It's a magical story from start to finish and definitely got me interested in checking out the first book, Girl on a Wire, which focuses on a character seen throughout this book. Before I move on, I'd like to point out that while this is technically the second book in the series, I feel as if you can read this as a standalone! Moira Mitchell is the daughter of a famous magician and has grown up in Vegas, so magic is pretty much her life. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician, but her father is dead set against it and refuses to see anything she wants to perform for him. When an invitation to join the Cirque American falls into her hands, she jumps at the chance and runs off to join the circus. At her audition, things don't go as planned when her stage magic becomes real magic and she doesn't know how to control it. I think in the entire book, Moira was not my favorite character. While I was reading, I didn't really connect with her at all. I admired her for going after her dreams and not letting anyone stop her, but I just didn't feel like I liked her all that much, sadly. My favorite character was actually Dita! I absolutely adored reading about her trying to figure out who she was and changing the way she dressed so that she would feel more like herself. Her journey to happiness and self discovery was by far the best part of this book for me and I really hope that the author writes a book dedicated to Dita! I would love to learn more about her and watch her grow more as a person and as a performer. Despite me not really liking Moira all that much, I feel like the writing helped me want to follow her story more. Gwenda Bond is definitely very good at writing a story that will draw you in and absolutely mesmerize you. I really liked the magic aspect of the book, even the illusions that weren't actual magic (despite Moira using some actual magic in them) were very cool to read. I liked learning little tricks that she did to make everything look real when only some of the trick was real. The writing was fantastical and descriptive and really helped draw me in to the world of the Cirque American, and I really appreciated how the author really took the time to make me as a reader feel like I was in Moira's world. At 414 pages, Girl in the Shadows is officially the longest book I have read this year. Unfortunately, I feel as though this book may have been too long. It took me longer to get through than most of the books I've read recently, not because it was a bad book, but possibly because there were several different things going on at a time. We had Moira trying to become a magician, Moira and Dez, Moira dealing with her father, Moira and the magical coin, Moira and several other things that would be spoilers to talk about. It really felt long and drawn out and made it pretty difficult to just read through. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, just that I wish it was a bit shorter! (Please follow the link above to read my full review!)
"The coffin might sound morbid, but I wasn't planning to die in it. I was planning to live. Forget college or a normal future. I wanted to be a magician: The Miraculous Moira." Moira has always wanted to be a magician just like her father, but he refuses to let her do it, or even be a part of his act. So instead she does what any young woman would do, sneak around and learn tricks on her own until she is sure they are good enough to show and prove to him that she can be a magician to. Once Moira becomes a part of the circus and gets her act going though, she realizes that something isn’t quite right and that maybe she really does have magic. Along the way she makes friends, and even gets a boyfriend, who is a smooth talker and potentially into dangerous things. "Beware the smooth-tongued boys, the ones who flattery comes easy to. There's nothing wrong with wanting to believe it, even with believing what they say is true-you are beautiful, you are smart, you are unique, these are good things to believe- but it's foolish to assume it means anything beyond pretty words. Sweet Nothing was an apt phase. Taken seriously, sweet nothings become bitter regrets.” She also starts looking for her absent mother who she has always wondered about, but never had been told much of anything. This causes problems as well, and makes the story even more interesting because of what her mother is involved in. I was a bit apprehensive about reading another circus book, after being disappointed in the night circus. This was so much better than that though. I loved the characters, it was an easy read, and nothing got confusing. Moira is a strong female character who takes insane risks in order to do her magical acts and somehow talks her boyfriend in to being her assistant even when it means doing stunts that could kill her if she doesn’t make it out in time. When she was doing those magical acts, I couldn’t wait to see if she was able to pull it off and I couldn’t stop reading until the act was done to see if she was hurt or not. Plus the mystery behind his friends and what exactly the boyfriend was involved in was a nice spin on the story to. "I keep telling you, where I come from, it's not like wherever you're from, lovely Moira. We believe in fairy tales. Magic coins, fair ladies, evil witches, tyrant kings, and benevolent queens." The ending where Moira figured out what to do was amazing as well. She brought everyone together, in order to stop something bad from happening, and in the process realized who she really was and what she really wanted out of life. "Maybe we would fail miserably. But we would do it together. For once, I was in a situation that seemed truly inescapable." Overall I loved this book, and will recommend it to everyone looking for a good circus/magic book. In the future I hope to read many more books by her, including the first one in this series/duology. I don't think it is necessary to read the first one though, because I was still able to understand who everyone was. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.