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The Fire Dancer: Vampire Cirque Dark Fantasy (Cirque Macabre Book 1) by [Strassel, Kristen]
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"I love a book that twists what I know about the supernatural and gives me a fresh take on paranormal, and holy mother does this book do it. I'm EXCITED by this book. It made me think, made me feel, and made me wonder if I read it again (which I will), what new things will I see? If you like a book that's like a treasure chest you never quite get to the bottom of, this is the book for you."--Julie Hutchings, author of RUNNING HOME

From the Author

Welcome to Cirque Macabre!  The Fire Dancer is the first book in the Cirque Macabre series. It spins off from The Night Songs Collection, so you're going to meet new characters, but you'll see some old favorites and get a totally different perspective on them. 
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Welcome to The Night Songs Collection! 
The Night Songs Collection (Rock Star Vampire Romance):
1. Because the Night
2. Night Moves
3. We Own the Night
4. Silent Night 
The Spotlight Series: (New Adult Contemporary Romance)
1. Secondhand Heart 
1.5 The Trouble With Bree
2. Too Many Reasons
Colorado Shifters: (paranormal romance novellas)
1. Lion and the Doe
2. Doe and the Hunter
3. Cougar and the Lion
4. Doe and the Pride 
Sawtooth Shifters:
1. Forever Home (free)
2. Rescue Me
3. Protect Me
4. Conquer Me 
5. Celebrate Me 
6. Shelter Me 
7. Complete Me 
The Escort (adult contemporary romance)
1. No Strings Attached

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  • File Size: 1119 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511918047
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W2SGL2O
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I really wanted to love this book. When I read the synopsis, I had to sign up for the tour and review. The plot was decent, but I felt I was missing a lot of backstory. The whole time traveling threw me off some also. I didn't feel any sort of connection with any of the characters, which is very rare for me.

Holly Octane is a fire dancer in Vegas. She's not human, she is a Bleed. We do find out more about her through out the book. I did like her job and found that interesting.

Holly wants love. She is missing that. She allows people to use her in order to gain their love. Even Rainey doesn't love her for who she is, she wants her to change.

There are a lot of other characters in this story. I believe this is a spin off from another series. Maybe if I had read that series, this would have made more sense to me. It's not a bad read, I just would have loved more background and for Holly to stand up for herself and to stop believing everything people tell her, especially when they want something from her.
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I loved this new twist on Strassel's vampire lore. We see a lot of familiar faces, including Blade, my favorite character, from Because the Night. We get to see another side of him in The Fire Dancer. But this is Holly's story, and her powers take us through time. She's a creature that I've never seen before, she's sassy, and she's not afraid to go for what she wants. Pick this one up for a fast paced and (at times) horrifying read. 
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This is the first book by Kristen Strassel I have had the opportunity to read and I must say I am absolutely hooked.

The Fire Dancer at first I was a little unsure of where the story was going to go, I am a huge paranormal story fan but this one definitely was outside your norm (in a good way). Holly is a performer in Las Vegas and she has had a rough time of it, she lost her parents when she was younger, she has her best friend but she is an outcast and doesn't have any other friends. Lucille the lady that she stays with is not very nice to her and honestly the poor girl just seems to struggle. Well that all changes when a Vampire named Cash walks into her life and takes over the show she is the star of when this happens I have to tell you this is when the stuff really hits the fan!! This story line absolutely gets so incredibly fantastic that I could not put this book down it was so full of action, drama, suspense some amazing chemistry between Blade and Holly, some incredibly tender moments as well. Blade since I didn't mention him earlier is a vampire that also can control fire like Holly thats all I'm going to give you though because I don't want to spoil the book :) Holly has some revelations a lot of information that she finds out about her family that she didn't know before but I have to say the odds are really stacked against both Holly and Blade.

Kristen Stassel does such a great job of creating such complex characters and creating that connection between the characters and the readers so that the reader really feels like they are going on the journey along with them. I cannot wait to see where Kristen takes us in the next book when she continues Holly's story.
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This is my first Kristen Strassel book and this series looks like its going to be a really interesting one.

The main character in the story is Holly Octane, who works at the Le Cirque Macabre, she bursts into flames five nights a week, her audience loves her, and she feels alive on the stage, she can travel through time and ignite's into flame. And I found this to be a very interesting concept for a Paranormal Heroine.

Holly lives with her aunt and her fortune teller girlfriend, Rainey, who also works at the Circque De Macabre in the stalls, but she has been having visions that are disturbing her, as they don't include Holly, she knows things are going to change.

Holly is about to be knocked off the top spot at Le Cirque Macabre, by Cash Logan a Vampire magician, but even he has an ulterior motive, he introduces Holly to a vampire that has the power of fire.

Cash want's Holly to help Blade learn to control his fire, Rainey leaves, and the attraction between Holly and Blake ignites, then other outside forces come into play that will cause Holly's future to change drastically.

Will Rainey's vision come to pass, what is the connection between Cash and Holly?

I devoured this book in one sitting and wow the ending leaves us wondering what Holly's future will be, and I look forward to reading more, it was a fresh take on the supernatural and Holly's past is one I hope we get to understand more as the series develops, I mean Time Travel opens up some really awesome plot lines :D
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Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Holly is The Fire Dancer, she has no idea where the talent came from, but it puts on a darn good show. Until Cash enters her life, she has no idea what she is or where she came from. But Cash is a vampire, and vampires are dangerous. When Cash asks for Holly's help with another vampire, Blade, who has the same talent, Holly's life spirals downwards.

This is, I believe, a spin off from another series. One I've not read. I do wonder if I should have read those books, because I struggled with this book. ASIDE from the fact that its only written from Holly's POV, I found myself not following what was going on at points, becuase there is reference to things that happened before, and I didn't know what that was. I KNEW that Blade was rejected by Callie, I KNEW there was history between Tristan and Blade, and all the other little bits that came through, I just couldn't put it all in place. I got a bit lost with Holly's mother, and all the hints and snippets that came through, again, I couldn't put it all together in time for the book to finish!

There is a MASSIVE supporting cast, huge number of people, just dropped in along the way. HUGE!! Most of them, after looking at the other books, are from those books.

I LOVED the idea, the plot line, while moving fast, was different and unique. The vampires had different powers, and Holly's power, that of a Bleed, was obscure in this world. Only Blade had that same power, but we knew not HOW he came to get it. (His previous book??)

As I said, told ONLY from Holly's POV, in the first person. Not my favourite, as you all know!

so,

3.5 stars.

**same worded reveiw will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
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