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Strong & Likable Characters,
This review is from: Circus Summer (Circus of Curiosities Book 1) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
I was put off when I first saw Kailin Gow's book, wondering what on earth I would find in its pages. The cover isn't one of those "beautiful girl face" ones we've come to expect from YA fiction! It was a book I had asked to read...just curious...and then wasn't sure I'd find it palatable once I got into it. Boy, was I surprised! The writing hit me right from the start! Ms Gow may be targeting the YA crowd with her book, but it swept me up with curiosity as soon as I read the Prologue. I think adults will enjoy her writing, as well.
Kailin Gow is particularly adept at dialog. Her characters are imaginative, but live in their certain and casual communication. It lends an easy realism to this dystopian novel that isn't experienced in many YA books of this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved her protagonist, Leela's strength and determination throughout the book. A strong and worthy female role model for young women. The character of her "best friend" Thomas was balanced and a great symbiosis of male who was worthy of respect and love. The circus itself took on a menacing persona from the out-start.
It is easy to see that Ms Gow is an accomplished writer. This is no first, debut novel. Her writing is strong and mature. The plot is well-developed and interesting in every aspect. Characters are engaging and mature as the story builds. There is a learning curve for all concerned, even the reader. Many of the incidents remind me of "The Hunger Games."
While the novel is not perfect in all its aspects, I think "Circus Summer...Circus of Curiosities: Book One" is certainly good enough to warrant my wanting to read Book Two! I'll be looking for it when it comes out.
I recommend this book as a definite buy on Amazon. Ms Gow can only get better with time. She's a real "find," and an author whose star I can see rising this year!