Nothing would make 18 year old Moira Mitchell happier than being able to be a magician like her father. However her father is dead set against it. One day Moira intercepts an invitation from the Cirque. The invitations intended party being her fathers former apprentice, Raleigh. Moira takes the invitation and sets out to prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a magician. Moira arrives at the Cirque only to find out that her stage magic feels like real magic, Raleigh annoyed by her, and an enemy named Dez. Moira must work hard to prove herself or remain a Girl in the Shadows.
This is book in a series but can be read as a standalone. However i should note that characters from book 1 do show up. This book to me wasn’t as good as Gwenda’s first novel, but I still liked it. I didn’t necessarily love this book, but as i said it was still good. I enjoyed the theme of a circus because i feel not enough books cover settings like this. The characters started out great but felt as though halfway through, their development was lacking. The relationships felt a bit forced throughout the whole novel, and felt very superficial. I found the main character getting on my nerves with the whole adjusting so easy to magic. I felt maybe she should have had more emotion over it, not like “oh…that’s cool” and being so passive with it. Still an interesting concept for a book and i feel it deserves a chance from other readers. So, i’ll give this book 3 stars. Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
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