Before I get to my review of The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler, I’d like to talk briefly about the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (R.I.P) reading challenge that Carl V. Anderson hosts annually at Stainless Steel Droppings.
Now in its eighth year, R.I.P. VIII officially begins September 1st to October 31st and unofficially starts today. R.I.P. VIII challenges readers to choose a Peril that requires them to read a certain number of spooky, Gothic, horror, or mystery books between September and October. Readers then write a review on their own site or post one at the official R.I.P. VIII review site and see what others have been reading. For more information go here.
This year I choose Peril the First which requires me to read four books, and so begins my review of A.R. Kahler’s The Immortal Circus.
The Immortal Circus is a completed Kindle Serial, so if you read it in e-book format (which I did), you will see sections broken down into episodes, then chapters. It’s a short book–only around 224 pages, but Kahler puts a lot of action into the book, particularly over halfway through to the end. This YA book is the first in a series, and I just received the second book.
Reading The Immortal Circus will take you to the uncharted territory of fairies, witches, shape shifters, mortals, night terrors, and others who work under contracts specially tailored for each member of this traveling circus. Everyone in The Immortal Circus has a secret, a gift, or a past they wish to hide from, or, in the case of the heroine, Vivienne–forget.
Intrigue, romance, and mystery form the foundation of The Immortal Circus. I enjoyed reading it, and I figured out quickly that The Immortal Circus is a young adult (YA) book not just because of references to high school, but because of how she thinks of and pursues her love interest. Vivienne herself has an air of mystery about her that kept me reading even though I became frustrated with the character. In the beginning, Vivienne seems a little dense, not quick on picking up things and putting them together or applying what she’s learned from one situation to the next. However, a little over halfway into the book to the end, her character development speeds up, and in the world of The Immortal Circus Vivienne becomes a more mature, well-rounded, character.
Vivienne’s air of mystery rests on what I call self-inflicted amnesia and makes her an intriguing character. I will read the second book, The Immortal Circus: Act Two.
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