Sleight

Sleight

by Jennifer Sommersby

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Overview

A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book for Kids & Teens, Fall 2018

An Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honorable Mention Book for Young Adults, 2019

 
A vivid tale of ancient lore, dangerous magic, and complicated love set against the backdrop of circus life.

Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players circus, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love for Geni is unwavering. In a world of performers who mystify and amaze on a daily basis, even Delia’s ghostly visions never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times before, and Delia falls to her death.

That night, everything changes.

Already reeling from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players have even more to adjust to when the circus falls under new ownership. Though the new benefactor seems incredibly generous, Geni suspects his motives are much darker. And when the owner’s son, Henry, starts taking an interest in her, is it actual attraction, or an attempt to get her to lower her guard so his father can secure what he's really after?

Suddenly swept with the terrifying visions that plagued her mother, Geni’s no longer sure who she should trust or love. And, worst of all, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.

Sommersby blends teenage drama, sizzling romance, ancient lore, and dangerous magic, against the bewitching backdrop of the circus in this atmospheric, lushly-written tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510732087
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Sleight Series , #1
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Sommersby is, among other things, a collector of elephants, a Shakespeare freak, a wearer of tattoos, and a copy and line editor. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her family.

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Sleight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon "Sleight" by accident and bought it for my Kindle. From the start I knew the book was enjoyable. The writing is VERY well done and I liked Gemma, the heroine right off the bat as well. I loved that the book is about a girl and her 'adopted' family traveling with a Circus. Her Uncle Ted runs that circus and her Aunt Marlene is a part of the show. Her best friend and her friend's brother Ash are also part of the show. Gemma plays music behind the curtain for the show and takes care of the elephants who are her babies. I felt some of the ideas in the story have been done to death and I admit to being tired of some of the same old themes over and again. Fans of YA paranormal fiction may see what I mean here: the heroine learns about her secret heritage she never had a clue of before. There are two boys who compete with the heroine's affections. The heroine is the most powerful or the only one able to do something to save the day. In this case Gemma finds out her family isn't what she believed it to be and that she has a special gift and an abilty passed down from a group called thh AVRA-K. Although she has always had a thing for Ash of the Circus, on her first day at a new school she meets Henry Dmitri. Henry is the son of the richest man in town and his father Lucian now pulls the stings at the Circus. Then they find out about the secrets both families have kept for centuries. I liked Henry and Gemma right off and enjoyed their stories. I loved Gemma's uncle Irwin. He is absolutely my favorite character and very unique. Toward the middle of the book things went downhill for me. There were several instances involving dreams that may not have really been dreams and seeing ghosts on other plains and it became murky to me and I had a hard time following what was really happening. Then it just went into a period where nothing really moved and I thought it became somewhat boring. But at the end everything picks back up in a really intense and exciting way. Gemma and Henry are battling for their lives and the book takes on a journey-type of feel, where they are only a pace in front of the bad guys at all times. The author doesn't mind sacrificing some characters and more than one surprise is revealed. The conclusion did the job and left me wanting more of these characters and their world. I would like to see some tighter editing. Although unlike many YA books these days, "Sleight" was very well edited for grammar and typos but it could have been edited to get rid of some of the slow passages that didn't progress the story and the book would have been much tighter and more cohesive. Here is to higher expectations for the next installment.
storiesandsweeties on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Sommersby has an amazing way with words and descriptions that just pulls you right in. The storytelling is fast-paced and exciting and chock full of magic, ghosts (called Shades, some scary, some not), plenty of intriguing family secrets and a cruel, conspiring villain.Gemma Flannery, a fiery red-haired circus musician who has just lost her mother and has always had the ability to see Shades, was a fantastic character. She was principled, smart, and very much shaped by the unusual life she's been raised in with the traveling circus, perfectly rounded out with a sharp, snarky humor. Throw in a little angstiness at having to adjust to regular high school life and you have one very authentic, likable, passionate character.The circus is her built-in family and the people she cares about most. Her best friends in the world are an outgoing trapeze artist and an elephant. There are so many great characters among them, it's hard to pin a favorite! With the introduction of Lucian and his son, Henry, things start getting a little strange and twisted. The poor girl gets hit with one shock after the next. The more Gemma learns about the role she plays in the fate of the Avra-K, a set of ancient magical books, the more Gemma's familiar world gets turned upside down. Suddenly she and the people she loves are put in terrible danger.I really enjoyed the complexity of the love story between Gemma and Henry. It wasn't this simple thing of "I like you and you like me"...there were so many wrenches thrown into the works, so many dangers and challenges that they both had to face. They are both so involved in what is happening around them. It will be interesting to see how they get through it all as the series continues!There was a turning point in the action that I temporarily thought would have made a better end to book one and start to book two, and it just slightly slowed the flow for me...until the chase picked up and I got to the actual end. The ENDING...WOW. Took my breath away and now has me checking Goodreads daily for any news on book 2 of this amazing series.Definitely pick this one up! Such a great story, though I do recommend for older teens due to a few really violent and disturbing scenes.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sleight is a wonderfully written novel by Jennifer Sommersby. Sleight is about a girl named Gemma Flannery. Gemma has had an unusual upbringing. For most of her life she has traveled with the Cinzio Traveling Players which is a traveling circus. Gemma is raised by Marlene and Ted. They've cared for Gemma since she was little. Gemma's mother recently committed suicide after suffering for a long time with mental illness. Gemma's father is unknown. Gemma also has a secret, she can see dead people. On top of all this she's being forced to attend public high school. Despite her anxiety over school she meets Henri Dmitri. Henry is the son of the town benefactor, Lucian Dmitri. Despite who his father is, Henry is much more reserved and a bit of a loner. Gemma and Henry form an instant friendship. However they are soon forced together to stop a madman from destroying everything they care about.This story is definitely different from other stories I've read. I especially enjoyed the circus setting. It really added to the ambiance of the book. The performers of the circus are in a way an extended family for Gemma. They all look out for her. Gemma has not had an easy life. Sure, she's had people who cared about her but she's also had the stigma of having a mentally ill mother. Gemma can also see dead people which makes her life, to say the least, complicated. Gemma is a good character. She is caring, smart and loyal. She learns a lot of heavy information in a short amount of time and is forced to deal with it. The only thing I didn't like about her character is that I thought she cried too much. Gemma relies on Henry's support a great deal. They have great chemistry together. And by chemistry I mean some hot smooches between the two. Henry has a bit of a rough history himself. I think that's what brings them closer together. Henry is very overprotective of Gemma.The story is set at a fast moving pace. I enjoyed the action and the mystery. I also enjoyed the history behind the 3000 year old text, AVRAKEDAVRA. I also like that Jennifer Sommersby included quotes from other books at the beginning of each chapter. I love it when authors do this. I enjoy reading them. This is the first book in this series. Jennifer Sommersby ended Sleight with a cliffhanger. I love and hate cliffhangers at the same time. I can't wait to find out what will happen next. Overall I really like Sleight. It is a great start to this series. If you haven't checked out this book yet, you need to.
RgBooktrovert More than 1 year ago
The circus setting was wonderful. Delia and Geni’s mother-daughter act was really nice. And reading about her circus family and how her typical days went was really fun. There was a romance, it wasn’t unbearable and it didn’t take away from the story for me which I really appreciated. The book was really fast paced, I didn’t find myself bored anywhere along the way and it just flew right by! The story was really interesting and just drew me in right away. And the twists! I loved all the twists! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and all the mystery and suspense was killing me. I can’t wait for book two to come out! Rating: 5 Stars! Recommendation: For circus fans and lovers of mythology ages 15 and up FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
fadedphotos More than 1 year ago
I am so impressed with SLEIGHT and the layers woven into the first book in this duology. It’s fast-paced but not too quick that moments lack depth. The detailed descriptions of the environment/scene are intricate enough to put you “in the moment” but not so tedious that you find yourself skipping text. While you’ll find yourself putting certain pieces of the puzzle together there will be moments that you won’t see coming. All of it combined makes for a read where you feel like you’re in the moment and it’s happening to you, not just Genevieve. Don’t expect one dimensional ditzy high schoolers who are angsty or melodramatic (while there’s nothing wrong with those reads, it’s refreshing to have a book that delves deeper than “does he like me/am I cool enough”). You’ll find within these pages young adults who have amazing skills (both magical and athletic/artistic) but see a different world than your average kid. I wish I could have known Delia personally, but through Gen, Baby, and Alicia we are painted a picture of a woman who lived a complex and beautifully tragic life doing what she loved and felt called to do with passion. It’s incredible to me how much of a main character she remains despite not actually being present for most of the book. You’ll find a little bit of everything, making it nearly impossible to put this in a specific genre, though I suppose the best would be fantasy fiction? It’s also mystery, history, a little romance, adventure, and full of family love and loyalty. If you loved the Harry Potter series, A Discovery of Witches Series, or the show Timeless (because I saw some similarities to Garcia Flynn in Lucian, also kind of sort of time travel) you’ll find a lot to enjoy about this story.
Polkadot-Pie More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING!!! Best book I have read in a long time! The characters are well written and you fall in love with them instantly! Please give us more by Jennifer Sommersby!!
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Melonie85 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Each page kept me in suspense of what was to come and I loved the characters. Gemma's character and who she is as a person really shone through, she is strong and no nonsense; and Henry...well I just want a Henry of my own, he is gentle but has this unbelievable strength. They are both amazing characters. I will be buying the second book the day it is released. I cannot wait to see what happens next in their story. I have already recommended this book to all my friends who love reading as much as I do.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Sleight is a wonderfully written novel by Jennifer Sommersby. Sleight is about a girl named Gemma Flannery. Gemma has had an unusual upbringing. For most of her life she has traveled with the Cinzio Traveling Players which is a traveling circus. Gemma is raised by Marlene and Ted. They've cared for Gemma since she was little. Gemma's mother recently committed suicide after suffering for a long time with mental illness. Gemma's father is unknown. Gemma also has a secret, she can see dead people. On top of all this she's being forced to attend public high school. Despite her anxiety over school she meets Henri Dmitri. Henry is the son of the town benefactor, Lucian Dmitri. Despite who his father is, Henry is much more reserved and a bit of a loner. Gemma and Henry form an instant friendship. However they are soon forced together to stop a madman from destroying everything they care about. This story is definitely different from other stories I've read. I especially enjoyed the circus setting. It really added to the ambiance of the book. The performers of the circus are in a way an extended family for Gemma. They all look out for her. Gemma has not had an easy life. Sure, she's had people who cared about her but she's also had the stigma of having a mentally ill mother. Gemma can also see dead people which makes her life, to say the least, complicated. Gemma is a good character. She is caring, smart and loyal. She learns a lot of heavy information in a short amount of time and is forced to deal with it. The only thing I didn't like about her character is that I thought she cried too much. Gemma relies on Henry's support a great deal. They have great chemistry together. And by chemistry I mean some hot smooches between the two. Henry has a bit of a rough history himself. I think that's what brings them closer together. Henry is very overprotective of Gemma. The story is set at a fast moving pace. I enjoyed the action and the mystery. I also enjoyed the history behind the 3000 year old text, AVRAKEDAVRA. I also like that Jennifer Sommersby included quotes from other books at the beginning of each chapter. I love it when authors do this. I enjoy reading them. This is the first book in this series. Jennifer Sommersby ended Sleight with a cliffhanger. I love and hate cliffhangers at the same time. I can't wait to find out what will happen next. Overall I really like Sleight. It is a great start to this series. If you haven't checked out this book yet, you need to.