Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.
Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather–an infamous object of bad luck–planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.
As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.
I really enjoyed Girl On A Wire from beginning to end. The world is developed in a way that let me feel like, for the span of the story, I was circus. It brought back memories of when I was a child who dreamed of running away to the circus to perform trapeze (yes, I was that kid). The story was pretty easy to follow, even though there were a few parts that felt like they stalled the progress of the storyline.
The characters are brilliant. I had no trouble understanding where the characters were coming from and relating to it because of how well-developed they are. I also enjoyed the added aspect of the forbidden romance between rival families, which is so wonderfully punctuated by the characters’ names. This novel made me think and feel, laugh and cry. I am very glad to have read it (and disappointed I didn’t read it sooner)!
Overall, I rate Girl On A Wire 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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