Title: Girl on a Wire
Author: Gwenda Bond
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Magical Realism
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Amazon's Children's, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever wanted to run away with the circus? I always hated it when I was a kid, but I enjoyed it as I grew older. There was always a certain romanticism about it to me--living on a train, working with animals and doing amazing stunts! A circus, I've learned, is really a place for dreams, and for dreamers, to take refuge in. And Gwenda Bond completely captures that sensation in Girl on a Wire.
Meet the Maronis, a family whose profession is, you guessed it: circus performers. Julieta, the 'precious only daughter' in this slightly eccentric but very loving family, wants nothing more than for her family to be performing with the best. The best, apparently being, the Cirque American! (I can picture that across a poster, can't you?) And she gets her wish, albeit by rebelling. Soon, her family is taken in by the Cirque American. Family secrets and mystery and forbidden romance abound!
Julieta (Jules) was a fun main character for me, I found myself really relating to her, especially as the novel went on. Getting to know her, and her family, was easy. I enjoyed all the characters, and the pacing of the mystery aspect was good, but despite it all, even with all the facts tied down at the end, something just fell short for me.
The bottom line:It wasn't awful, but it wasn't spectacular. Good mystery, but something about it just really left me yearning for something more. Next on deck: Compulsion by Martina Boone!