Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis:Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—
Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.
My mother is thrown backward.
And she falls.
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, 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 Geni never questions. In a world of performers who astonish and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.
That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.
Still reeling from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also adjusting to the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark and dangerous history. And suddenly Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to be able to see.
As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni isn’t sure who she can trust. Even worse, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.
Oh wow, this book was amazing!
I seriously wasn’t sure I would love this one as much as I did, but I was completely blown out of the water by how amazing this book is. I have heard so many positive things about Sleight, but it was so much better than what I was expecting it to be like. It was wonderful!
The story in Sleight is so original and so much fun. I loved the whole circus theme (I really have a weak spot for books about circuses or carnivals – they always make me so happy and I have to read them all), and I though that there was just so much awesome fun going on here. I think this book really makes a great spring or summer read, and since it’s a lot of fun, you’ll want to carve out a rather large chunk of time to read it because you aren’t going to want to put it down.
The characters in this book really bring the whole story to life. They pretty much add another dimension of amazing to this novel, making me fall in love with both them and the story even more than I already had. They are so fantastic and well written that you pretty much can picture them jumping off of the pages and interacting with each other right in front of you.
This is probably one of the most perfect books that I have read in a really long time. I honestly have nothing bad to say about Sleight, as I loved every single chapter, every page. This book has so much to offer, and if you are a fan of the circus theme in your YA novels, then you simply cannot miss this one!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
I am a writer, copy/line editor, bibliophile, and mom of four living in the Great White North.
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