Sleight PDF/EPUB Þ Hardcover

Sleight PDF/EPUB Þ Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Sleight
  • Jennifer Sommersby
  • English
  • 06 June 2015
  • 9781510732087

10 thoughts on “Sleight

  1. Helen Power Helen Power says:

    What a book Sleight captivated me from its first page with a fairy tale like prologue that introduces a uniue mythology which of course proves to be essential to the plot of the story Genevieve is a strong and relatable seventeen year old and her witty repartee is refreshing I wish all teenagers were this elouentI absolutely adore the setting of this novel I’m sure nearly everyone had a point in their childhood where they wanted to run away to join the circus This book makes me wonder what I missed out on by staying home The atmosphere is mysterious with just a splash of magic but it’s still our world It feels foreign and ethereal At the first mention of modern technology I was taken aback I particularly love how Sommersby handles the delicacy of animal rights issues Not only are the animals in this circus well treated but Sommersby takes this opportunity to show how a teenager can be a leader in activism Genevieve starts her own charity called Loxodonta where she demonstrates transparency about the circus’s treatment of their elephants and she donates the money she earns through this venture to relevant charities Sleight does an excellent job of introducing tiny elements that prove to be critical plot points later in the book There are some genuinely surprising twists and they’re the best kind—the ones that you feel you should have seen coming because the clues were all in place I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystical surrealness of books like The Night Circus with some modern day teenage romance thrown in the mix I can’t wait for the next installment in this series and this book hasn’t even come out yet5 starsI received a free copy of this ARC from the publisher


  2. Kristen Burns Kristen Burns says:

    35 StarsReviewI received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss This has not influenced my reviewI enjoyed this book It was slow paced without much action until the end but it had a good mystery and some likeable charactersI really liked the main character Geni She was intelligent mature and just imperfect enough to be realistic Her first thoughts in regards to the magical dangerous book was that she wanted nothing to do with it which was smart When she realized that wasn't an option she wanted to find it so she could destroy it and she continued to handle things as best as she could Even at the dinner party when Henry started flirting with her she considered the possibility that he might've been sent by his father to find out about her and what she knew so she didn't let her guard down She made a decision near the end that didn't uite make sense but it wasn't so bad as to ruin the bookHenry was likeable too in a sweet way He's the type of person I'd love to have around in real life because he was so kindAs for the plot as I said it was kind of slow with not a whole lot happening for a while since Geni was trying to figure out the mystery It was frustrating and didn't really make sense that Geni's mother would've kept Geni in the dark about everything the way she did though one of those if we're being honest seemingly forced plot things that had to happen in order for there to be a story But that issue was offset some by the fact that Geni also thought it was the wrong move on her mother's part and was eually frustrated It was also offset some by the fact that Baby a nickname he's basically her dad though not by blood told her everything he knew and was there to help her with all this That's something you don't see often in YA books where the protagonist has to figure out some sort of mystery the character actually getting information and help from an adult I liked that Baby really did play such a big part in things and was always there to help and tell her what he knewLast but not least there was the setting I had hoped when I saw the protag was an aerialist in a circus there would be some actual circus stuff especially about performing but there wasn't much other than the elephants and the fact that they lived in trailers on the circus grounds And I can't see the next one having much circus either That disappointment is on me though for having certain expectations And I'll admit the elephants were adorable they were rescues treated well and I think they were eventually going to go to a sanctuarySo overall while this wasn't as circus y as I wanted it to be it had mystery a bit of romance some supernatural abilities and a main character who was easy to root forRecommended ForAnyone who likes mystery slow paced stories mature and intelligent protags and YA books in which teens and adults actually work together Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight Initial ThoughtsA little slow but enjoyable with some mystery and a main character I liked Full review soon


  3. A Book Vacation A Book Vacation says:

    Sommersby is a fabulous storyteller roping in the reader in the very beginning through her pristine use of prose and characterization I was enad by both the characters and the writing as I read Sommersby has a wonderful gift with words and she captures the true nature of humanity as she creates life like characters right on the page Each character in the novel was created with love and care and as you read they become extremely real Sommersby develops her characters so magnificently that you will fall in love with them and truly feel like you know them All the characters are given true attributes of human nature making it hard to draw an exact line between good and evil though it blatantly existsAs the story progresses Sommersby does a phenomenal job explaining all the intricate details within the novel and keeping the reading informed leaving few uestions unanswered A mastermind storyteller Sommersby will have you on the edge of your seat as your turn through the pages I was hooked from page one as the mystery deception and tension took hold and I was amazed by the touching love story that will have all female readers jealous; Henry is magnificentTo read my full review


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Gemma Flannery is used to living a life on the road Traveling with the Cinzio Traveling Players Company involved just that Traveling But for the first time in Gemma’s life the show has decided not to leave townStaying in one place and attending a regular high school is enough of a hurdle to overcome Being gawked at or labeled a freak by the locals is nothing new for circus performers But if her secret ever got out that she had the ability to see the dead she would become a freak on a whole new level Always being on the go helped to keep her secret safeAnd it also meant she never had to worry about losing her heart to someone Moving from town to town city to city back and forth across the country she never stayed long enough to fall in love Until nowFrom the moment she saw Henry Dmitri he caused her cheeks to flush and her heart to skip a beat Not only was he drop dead gorgeous but he was the son of the richest man in town The man who convinced the Cinzio’s to stay But unlike with Ash her childhood crush Henry seemed interested in herBut when she discovers secrets about Henry and his family Gemma doesn’t know what to believe And when bad things start happening not only is Gemma’s heart on the line but her life is tooSleight is a beautifully written and imaginative story brimming with dark secrets and powerful magic hidden away beneath the big top The story flows easily as the mysteries behind the AVRAKEDAVRA and its long history are revealedThe story captivates from its first line “The last funeral I went to was for a lion” And readers will be drawn deeper into Gemma’s story with each turn of the page The storyline is intricate but not complicated with plenty of room to delve further into the magical elements and learn about the rich history of the AVRA K in future books in this seriesSleight is suffused with wonderfully descriptive and gracefully written passages that will transport readers into the elaborate world the author created only to be returned as it reaches its cliffhanger endingWhile the story is longer than many in the genre it doesn’t feel like it The story moves along very smoothly and the end comes up very uicklyAuthor Jennifer Sommersby has written a story that is a must read for those looking for something truly different but with all the aspects readers come to expect from their favorite paranormalurban fantasy stories – action adventure romance magic evil a damsel in stress and a heroOn a personal noteYay for this new seriesSleight is one of those books that I wish I had time to read again Sometimes I finish a book and just want to go back in to re discover the characters and become completely submerged in the world once I know there were a million little details I missed on first pass and I so wished I had the time to re read this bookI love the author’s writing It flowed so beautifully and the passages were so descriptive I was able to visualize everything as it was happening I was at the circus with Gemma Junie Ash Ted Marlene and IrwinI haven’t read many stories if any about old magic stemming from a powerful book and in my lifetime only read one book about a circus so these ideas were very new and different for me And I’m glad that although the setting was in large part at a circus it wasn’t the whole story I didn’t feel like I was learning circus 101I love Henry although I’m still waiting for him to let me down I just don’t trust those nice boysThe jury is still out on Ash for me He seems like a redeemable character that has just gone astray but time will tell I like that the good guys and bad guys at least in this first book are clearly identifiable And that the bad guys are really really really bad guysThere is a great variety in personalities among the characters which I also liked And I feel like I got to know each of them really well though I’m still trying to figure Gemma out I think she may be trying to figure herself out She’s that mix of confident and not outgoing and shy brave and in need of protection that makes it difficult to put a label on her – but I liked that about her It’s very real She’s very realThe action really picks up toward the end and the ending is definitely a cliffhanger Fortunately the wait isn’t too long as the next book is out this fall But I was so sure that things would wrap up or at least we’d just be left midway through their journey at a happy stopping point so was totally caught off guard about that cliff Didn’t see that ending comingA partial excerpt from my favorite passage I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart Henry would be my undoing my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath I just hoped that when I finally did die at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity that Henry’s face would be the last I would see that his lips would be the last I would taste before moving onto the in between


  5. Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ says:

    This was actually a pretty decent bookI say decent because it really didn't surprise me or get my heart rate up But it was still a very enjoyable story that was refreshingly well written and only bored me for a few pages in the middleAnd now some bullet points Genevieve was a very decent MC She wasn't too annoying or too tough nor was she somewhat realistic either Which is honestly okay because this is one of those books where you KNOW everything isn't going to be realistic and if it was realistic it would ruin the magic of the story Henry was a dear and I would have liked of him There was A LOT of telling backstory rather than gradual reveals which is my preference so that was just a matter of personal differences instead of bad writing Baby deserves an award It was so nice to read a book where the teenage MC trusts adults and they work together with them towards the plot rather than the teenager just doing everything themselves THE ELEPHANTS OKAY I love them It was neat to have Mesopotamian mythology and culture as the mysticmagic part of this Please give spotlight time to mythologies like this It's great Sadly despite many modern references and the freuent use of the name AVRAKEDVRA there were zero Harry Potter references and I feel cheated okayBASICALLYThis wasn't terrible and while a bit slower than I prefer my fantastical stories and a saddening lack of actual circus time and Harry Potter references I actually liked this book Probably won't re read it but I wouldn't turn down a chance to read the seuel


  6. Lisa K Lisa K says:

    Originally posted at Jenn sent me a copy of Sleight for the now cancelled Indie Author Month I will admit that I’d already bought a copy and was just waiting for an excuse to read and review it After finishing Sleight I don’t know why the hell I waited so long because it is perfect There is so much to love and I don’t know what my favorite part is so I’m going to break it downCharacters I loved how we are introduced to the characters and their worlds While there is an obvious instant connection thing happening the relationship between Gemma and Henry is given time and space to grow nicely at a pace that makes sense I loved the connection that the families have both good and bad which offer the most intriguing balance of support and danger from all sides I really liked how the families were so intertwined and how everything kept being turned inside out This made perfect sense because along with Gemma and Henry the first half of the book carefully introduces and connects the reader to an amazing cast of characters who brought the book to life before pulling everything apart in the second half There were just so many layers of awesome that I just have to stop before this paragraph is any longerPlot Oh my gosh This was the most convoluted amazing plot ever I loved how so many bits and pieces of other peoples stories came together to make Gemma and Henry’s own personal one I loved the pieces of circus lore and magical history that made everything that little bit special I loved the twists and turns and turns of the pages that literally had me gasping the bf kept looking at me funny I loved how just as the story seemed to be making sense something new was thrown in there and yet the author knew just when to stop before it became overdone and annoying And I hated the end for leaving me on the edge of my seat without knowing what happens nextWriting As you can see from the first two sections the writing was fantastic None of that could have been accomplished without a perfect backbone There were no typos or weird grammatical things to make me cringe Without being overdramatic the language allowed the plot to come off of the pages or Kindle screen that’s what I was reading onMy one uibble While I loved the characters themselves it occurred to me after finishing that Gemma and Henry sometimes acted strangely for their age While they are often portrayed as very mature teenagers with a very mature bond between them this is contrasted by some very young teen behavior running away and getting drunk when something really bad happens I can’t really complain about this too much though because they are both older teens 17 and 18 and the situations they have been in have forced them to grow too fast So basically I’m complaining about nothing HmmmOverall A perfect read and one I would very highly recommend Sleight is the perfect balance of interesting history betrayal drama and swoon I loved it and cannot wait for the seuel Jenn tells me fall maybe? I hope you go and pick up a copy and love it as much as I do


  7. Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) says:

    I received an advance copy of Sleight to review from the author Jennifer Sommersby and was very excited to dig into this book I love stories that have magic in them and I also love the circus settingIn a nutshell Gemma is grieving her mother's death when her whole life us upended She soon comes to learn that her travelling circus life will stop that she has to attend a real high school and deal with all that comes with it She is a very strong character and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty if she has to but she is reluctant to deal with the ghosts or Shades as they're called in the book or her destiny to save the worldEnter Henri Dmitri gorgeous and smart Gemma and he are instantly drawn towards each other although everyone else wants to keep them apart They must figure out their strange connection and why Henry's dad Lucien wants them dead over a book called the AVARA K Their story of love and loss will have you reading late into the nightI loved this book Gemma's character reminded me of myself when I was younger I did have a bit of a hard time with Henri at first he is just too nice but throughout the book I found myself falling in love with him just like Gemma There's also a boy named Ash who I really really like Jenn I think I'll keep Ash for myself I loved the characters in this book Marlene Ted Junie Ash Gemma Henri and uncle Irwin he was an awesome uncle who made me laugh I also liked how the circus was used as a main part of this first book seeing as we'll be haeded somewhere else for book 2 Jenn's writing is so easy to read you just melt into the story and you actually feel for all the characters I could smell the circus taste the Jack Daniels and feel their genuine pain I am anxiously waiting for book 2 So if you like a good love story with twists turns and magic go buy this book Thank you again Jenn for the Advance copy


  8. Shannon Shannon says:

    45Sleight is a slightly different genre than what has been my go to lately and it made me realize I really need to step out of what has been my “comfort zone” often and get back to reading a little bit of everything like I used to And it reignited my love of the circus and memories of wanting to become a clown and join Ringling Bros Although as fun as it sounds I don’t think I was really cut out for life on the road but it was a nice dreamThis was such an entertaining and captivating and uniue tale While a little slow to start Ms Sommersby truly brought life in the circus to life with her descriptions and detail Add in the magicalparanormal elements and I was transported into the world of Geni Baby Henry and the rest of the Cinzio Traveling Players Company Throw in a little danger and intrigue and call me hooked I loved how this story built up to its exciting and thrilling end which left me hanging on for I was torn up for Geni and all that she was going through from her mother’s death to learning about her history to the evil lurking just waiting to pounce She wasn’t afraid though determined to face things head on much to Baby’s dismay I loved that she didn’t shy away from her heritage instead making it a priority to learn everything she could about it I wasn’t sure about Henry at first I was leery he was being used as a means to an end But there turned out to be to Henry than expected and I ended up falling in love with his character I really enjoyed this story and I will be anxiously awaiting book 2 wondering what Ms Sommersby has in store for Geni and her friends Whatever it is I have a feeling it will be just as compelling as Sleight has been If that ending is any indication we'll be in for uite a rideCopy received courtesy of Edelweiss


  9. Britney Britney says:

    I adored this book It had everything that I love to read about paranormal romance adventure and strong female characters with great writingA girl who grows up in the circus? And can see ghosts? I'm all in At first I wasn't sure what to expect because I've never read a book that had a circus setting even though people keep telling me I need to read Water for Elephants and ghost stories can either work really well or not well at all Sleight worked amazingly well Jennifer Sommersby knows how to make the unbelievable believable From the very beginning there is action and mystery I mean check out that first line Attention grabbing and uirky enough to make you have to keep reading I loved Gemma Henry and the myriad of characters They all were perfectly fleshed out and I could see each of them and grew to love or despise them just as Gemma did Think Harry Potter and feeling as though you were friends with Ron and Hermione just like Harry Although Gemma had people in her life that I wanted to throttle than befriend I loved being able to feel like I was immersed in Sleight The only character I was left feeling as though I couldn't figure out was Ash But since this is a spoiler free review I can't discuss why I have mixed feelings on him So read it so we can discuss it Pretty pleaseAnd Henry Talk about literary crush worthy swoons and drools The writing style was amazing as well I loved the pacing and how the story developed I was a little hesitant about the magic book aspect but it worked The only complaint I have is that I want the seuel BadlyI'd suggest this book to those who love fantasy andor paranormal YA with a strong female protagonist and adorable romance wwwieatwordscom


  10. Ashlea Ashlea says:

    I do my reviews in the form of uestions makes it easier to get my thoughts together So here goesWhat made me pick this book up I saw it on either Netgalley or Edelweiss and the cover immediately caught my attentionWhat did I like about the cover Everything Literally It looks like an old circus poster I would totally have this hanging up in my room The colors are beautifulWhat made me read this book I got it as an ARC to review The synopsis sounded great and like I said the cover is amazingWhat did I like the most I love the story of it It's all very uniueI love reading about being in the circus and circus life Anything that has the circus in it is good for me I'm so jealous of her being able to interact with not only elephants but also tigersThe characters are well written I really like Henry He's my favorite And Baby I loved Baby All he wanted to do was protect Geni What didn't I like I can't really put my finger on anything I didn't like The story was good and the characters were good but for some reason it just wasn't spectacular to me I feel like it could have been so much that grabbed meAlso it ends in a cliffhanger Just a heads upWould I read the rest of the series from this author?Hmm I'm not sure I think I would read Overall it was a well written uniue story with great characters But it didn't awe me like I had hope it would


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Sleight[PDF / Epub] ☉ Sleight ❤ Jennifer Sommersby – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—Something slams into her The lyra whirls like a half dollar spinning on its edgeMy mother is thrown backwardAnd she falls Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—Something slams into her The lyra whirls like a half dollar spinning on its edgeMy mother is thrown backwardAnd 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 uestions 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 uestion whether she can trust her own mind .


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10 thoughts on “Sleight

  1. Helen Power Helen Power says:

    What a book Sleight captivated me from its first page with a fairy tale like prologue that introduces a uniue mythology which of course proves to be essential to the plot of the story Genevieve is a strong and relatable seventeen year old and her witty repartee is refreshing I wish all teenagers were this elouentI absolutely adore the setting of this novel I’m sure nearly everyone had a point in their childhood where they wanted to run away to join the circus This book makes me wonder what I missed out on by staying home The atmosphere is mysterious with just a splash of magic but it’s still our world It feels foreign and ethereal At the first mention of modern technology I was taken aback I particularly love how Sommersby handles the delicacy of animal rights issues Not only are the animals in this circus well treated but Sommersby takes this opportunity to show how a teenager can be a leader in activism Genevieve starts her own charity called Loxodonta where she demonstrates transparency about the circus’s treatment of their elephants and she donates the money she earns through this venture to relevant charities Sleight does an excellent job of introducing tiny elements that prove to be critical plot points later in the book There are some genuinely surprising twists and they’re the best kind—the ones that you feel you should have seen coming because the clues were all in place I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystical surrealness of books like The Night Circus with some modern day teenage romance thrown in the mix I can’t wait for the next installment in this series and this book hasn’t even come out yet5 starsI received a free copy of this ARC from the publisher

  2. Kristen Burns Kristen Burns says:

    35 StarsReviewI received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss This has not influenced my reviewI enjoyed this book It was slow paced without much action until the end but it had a good mystery and some likeable charactersI really liked the main character Geni She was intelligent mature and just imperfect enough to be realistic Her first thoughts in regards to the magical dangerous book was that she wanted nothing to do with it which was smart When she realized that wasn't an option she wanted to find it so she could destroy it and she continued to handle things as best as she could Even at the dinner party when Henry started flirting with her she considered the possibility that he might've been sent by his father to find out about her and what she knew so she didn't let her guard down She made a decision near the end that didn't uite make sense but it wasn't so bad as to ruin the bookHenry was likeable too in a sweet way He's the type of person I'd love to have around in real life because he was so kindAs for the plot as I said it was kind of slow with not a whole lot happening for a while since Geni was trying to figure out the mystery It was frustrating and didn't really make sense that Geni's mother would've kept Geni in the dark about everything the way she did though one of those if we're being honest seemingly forced plot things that had to happen in order for there to be a story But that issue was offset some by the fact that Geni also thought it was the wrong move on her mother's part and was eually frustrated It was also offset some by the fact that Baby a nickname he's basically her dad though not by blood told her everything he knew and was there to help her with all this That's something you don't see often in YA books where the protagonist has to figure out some sort of mystery the character actually getting information and help from an adult I liked that Baby really did play such a big part in things and was always there to help and tell her what he knewLast but not least there was the setting I had hoped when I saw the protag was an aerialist in a circus there would be some actual circus stuff especially about performing but there wasn't much other than the elephants and the fact that they lived in trailers on the circus grounds And I can't see the next one having much circus either That disappointment is on me though for having certain expectations And I'll admit the elephants were adorable they were rescues treated well and I think they were eventually going to go to a sanctuarySo overall while this wasn't as circus y as I wanted it to be it had mystery a bit of romance some supernatural abilities and a main character who was easy to root forRecommended ForAnyone who likes mystery slow paced stories mature and intelligent protags and YA books in which teens and adults actually work together Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight Initial ThoughtsA little slow but enjoyable with some mystery and a main character I liked Full review soon

  3. A Book Vacation A Book Vacation says:

    Sommersby is a fabulous storyteller roping in the reader in the very beginning through her pristine use of prose and characterization I was enad by both the characters and the writing as I read Sommersby has a wonderful gift with words and she captures the true nature of humanity as she creates life like characters right on the page Each character in the novel was created with love and care and as you read they become extremely real Sommersby develops her characters so magnificently that you will fall in love with them and truly feel like you know them All the characters are given true attributes of human nature making it hard to draw an exact line between good and evil though it blatantly existsAs the story progresses Sommersby does a phenomenal job explaining all the intricate details within the novel and keeping the reading informed leaving few uestions unanswered A mastermind storyteller Sommersby will have you on the edge of your seat as your turn through the pages I was hooked from page one as the mystery deception and tension took hold and I was amazed by the touching love story that will have all female readers jealous; Henry is magnificentTo read my full review

  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Gemma Flannery is used to living a life on the road Traveling with the Cinzio Traveling Players Company involved just that Traveling But for the first time in Gemma’s life the show has decided not to leave townStaying in one place and attending a regular high school is enough of a hurdle to overcome Being gawked at or labeled a freak by the locals is nothing new for circus performers But if her secret ever got out that she had the ability to see the dead she would become a freak on a whole new level Always being on the go helped to keep her secret safeAnd it also meant she never had to worry about losing her heart to someone Moving from town to town city to city back and forth across the country she never stayed long enough to fall in love Until nowFrom the moment she saw Henry Dmitri he caused her cheeks to flush and her heart to skip a beat Not only was he drop dead gorgeous but he was the son of the richest man in town The man who convinced the Cinzio’s to stay But unlike with Ash her childhood crush Henry seemed interested in herBut when she discovers secrets about Henry and his family Gemma doesn’t know what to believe And when bad things start happening not only is Gemma’s heart on the line but her life is tooSleight is a beautifully written and imaginative story brimming with dark secrets and powerful magic hidden away beneath the big top The story flows easily as the mysteries behind the AVRAKEDAVRA and its long history are revealedThe story captivates from its first line “The last funeral I went to was for a lion” And readers will be drawn deeper into Gemma’s story with each turn of the page The storyline is intricate but not complicated with plenty of room to delve further into the magical elements and learn about the rich history of the AVRA K in future books in this seriesSleight is suffused with wonderfully descriptive and gracefully written passages that will transport readers into the elaborate world the author created only to be returned as it reaches its cliffhanger endingWhile the story is longer than many in the genre it doesn’t feel like it The story moves along very smoothly and the end comes up very uicklyAuthor Jennifer Sommersby has written a story that is a must read for those looking for something truly different but with all the aspects readers come to expect from their favorite paranormalurban fantasy stories – action adventure romance magic evil a damsel in stress and a heroOn a personal noteYay for this new seriesSleight is one of those books that I wish I had time to read again Sometimes I finish a book and just want to go back in to re discover the characters and become completely submerged in the world once I know there were a million little details I missed on first pass and I so wished I had the time to re read this bookI love the author’s writing It flowed so beautifully and the passages were so descriptive I was able to visualize everything as it was happening I was at the circus with Gemma Junie Ash Ted Marlene and IrwinI haven’t read many stories if any about old magic stemming from a powerful book and in my lifetime only read one book about a circus so these ideas were very new and different for me And I’m glad that although the setting was in large part at a circus it wasn’t the whole story I didn’t feel like I was learning circus 101I love Henry although I’m still waiting for him to let me down I just don’t trust those nice boysThe jury is still out on Ash for me He seems like a redeemable character that has just gone astray but time will tell I like that the good guys and bad guys at least in this first book are clearly identifiable And that the bad guys are really really really bad guysThere is a great variety in personalities among the characters which I also liked And I feel like I got to know each of them really well though I’m still trying to figure Gemma out I think she may be trying to figure herself out She’s that mix of confident and not outgoing and shy brave and in need of protection that makes it difficult to put a label on her – but I liked that about her It’s very real She’s very realThe action really picks up toward the end and the ending is definitely a cliffhanger Fortunately the wait isn’t too long as the next book is out this fall But I was so sure that things would wrap up or at least we’d just be left midway through their journey at a happy stopping point so was totally caught off guard about that cliff Didn’t see that ending comingA partial excerpt from my favorite passage I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart Henry would be my undoing my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath I just hoped that when I finally did die at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity that Henry’s face would be the last I would see that his lips would be the last I would taste before moving onto the in between

  5. Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ says:

    This was actually a pretty decent bookI say decent because it really didn't surprise me or get my heart rate up But it was still a very enjoyable story that was refreshingly well written and only bored me for a few pages in the middleAnd now some bullet points Genevieve was a very decent MC She wasn't too annoying or too tough nor was she somewhat realistic either Which is honestly okay because this is one of those books where you KNOW everything isn't going to be realistic and if it was realistic it would ruin the magic of the story Henry was a dear and I would have liked of him There was A LOT of telling backstory rather than gradual reveals which is my preference so that was just a matter of personal differences instead of bad writing Baby deserves an award It was so nice to read a book where the teenage MC trusts adults and they work together with them towards the plot rather than the teenager just doing everything themselves THE ELEPHANTS OKAY I love them It was neat to have Mesopotamian mythology and culture as the mysticmagic part of this Please give spotlight time to mythologies like this It's great Sadly despite many modern references and the freuent use of the name AVRAKEDVRA there were zero Harry Potter references and I feel cheated okayBASICALLYThis wasn't terrible and while a bit slower than I prefer my fantastical stories and a saddening lack of actual circus time and Harry Potter references I actually liked this book Probably won't re read it but I wouldn't turn down a chance to read the seuel

  6. Lisa K Lisa K says:

    Originally posted at Jenn sent me a copy of Sleight for the now cancelled Indie Author Month I will admit that I’d already bought a copy and was just waiting for an excuse to read and review it After finishing Sleight I don’t know why the hell I waited so long because it is perfect There is so much to love and I don’t know what my favorite part is so I’m going to break it downCharacters I loved how we are introduced to the characters and their worlds While there is an obvious instant connection thing happening the relationship between Gemma and Henry is given time and space to grow nicely at a pace that makes sense I loved the connection that the families have both good and bad which offer the most intriguing balance of support and danger from all sides I really liked how the families were so intertwined and how everything kept being turned inside out This made perfect sense because along with Gemma and Henry the first half of the book carefully introduces and connects the reader to an amazing cast of characters who brought the book to life before pulling everything apart in the second half There were just so many layers of awesome that I just have to stop before this paragraph is any longerPlot Oh my gosh This was the most convoluted amazing plot ever I loved how so many bits and pieces of other peoples stories came together to make Gemma and Henry’s own personal one I loved the pieces of circus lore and magical history that made everything that little bit special I loved the twists and turns and turns of the pages that literally had me gasping the bf kept looking at me funny I loved how just as the story seemed to be making sense something new was thrown in there and yet the author knew just when to stop before it became overdone and annoying And I hated the end for leaving me on the edge of my seat without knowing what happens nextWriting As you can see from the first two sections the writing was fantastic None of that could have been accomplished without a perfect backbone There were no typos or weird grammatical things to make me cringe Without being overdramatic the language allowed the plot to come off of the pages or Kindle screen that’s what I was reading onMy one uibble While I loved the characters themselves it occurred to me after finishing that Gemma and Henry sometimes acted strangely for their age While they are often portrayed as very mature teenagers with a very mature bond between them this is contrasted by some very young teen behavior running away and getting drunk when something really bad happens I can’t really complain about this too much though because they are both older teens 17 and 18 and the situations they have been in have forced them to grow too fast So basically I’m complaining about nothing HmmmOverall A perfect read and one I would very highly recommend Sleight is the perfect balance of interesting history betrayal drama and swoon I loved it and cannot wait for the seuel Jenn tells me fall maybe? I hope you go and pick up a copy and love it as much as I do

  7. Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) says:

    I received an advance copy of Sleight to review from the author Jennifer Sommersby and was very excited to dig into this book I love stories that have magic in them and I also love the circus settingIn a nutshell Gemma is grieving her mother's death when her whole life us upended She soon comes to learn that her travelling circus life will stop that she has to attend a real high school and deal with all that comes with it She is a very strong character and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty if she has to but she is reluctant to deal with the ghosts or Shades as they're called in the book or her destiny to save the worldEnter Henri Dmitri gorgeous and smart Gemma and he are instantly drawn towards each other although everyone else wants to keep them apart They must figure out their strange connection and why Henry's dad Lucien wants them dead over a book called the AVARA K Their story of love and loss will have you reading late into the nightI loved this book Gemma's character reminded me of myself when I was younger I did have a bit of a hard time with Henri at first he is just too nice but throughout the book I found myself falling in love with him just like Gemma There's also a boy named Ash who I really really like Jenn I think I'll keep Ash for myself I loved the characters in this book Marlene Ted Junie Ash Gemma Henri and uncle Irwin he was an awesome uncle who made me laugh I also liked how the circus was used as a main part of this first book seeing as we'll be haeded somewhere else for book 2 Jenn's writing is so easy to read you just melt into the story and you actually feel for all the characters I could smell the circus taste the Jack Daniels and feel their genuine pain I am anxiously waiting for book 2 So if you like a good love story with twists turns and magic go buy this book Thank you again Jenn for the Advance copy

  8. Shannon Shannon says:

    45Sleight is a slightly different genre than what has been my go to lately and it made me realize I really need to step out of what has been my “comfort zone” often and get back to reading a little bit of everything like I used to And it reignited my love of the circus and memories of wanting to become a clown and join Ringling Bros Although as fun as it sounds I don’t think I was really cut out for life on the road but it was a nice dreamThis was such an entertaining and captivating and uniue tale While a little slow to start Ms Sommersby truly brought life in the circus to life with her descriptions and detail Add in the magicalparanormal elements and I was transported into the world of Geni Baby Henry and the rest of the Cinzio Traveling Players Company Throw in a little danger and intrigue and call me hooked I loved how this story built up to its exciting and thrilling end which left me hanging on for I was torn up for Geni and all that she was going through from her mother’s death to learning about her history to the evil lurking just waiting to pounce She wasn’t afraid though determined to face things head on much to Baby’s dismay I loved that she didn’t shy away from her heritage instead making it a priority to learn everything she could about it I wasn’t sure about Henry at first I was leery he was being used as a means to an end But there turned out to be to Henry than expected and I ended up falling in love with his character I really enjoyed this story and I will be anxiously awaiting book 2 wondering what Ms Sommersby has in store for Geni and her friends Whatever it is I have a feeling it will be just as compelling as Sleight has been If that ending is any indication we'll be in for uite a rideCopy received courtesy of Edelweiss

  9. Britney Britney says:

    I adored this book It had everything that I love to read about paranormal romance adventure and strong female characters with great writingA girl who grows up in the circus? And can see ghosts? I'm all in At first I wasn't sure what to expect because I've never read a book that had a circus setting even though people keep telling me I need to read Water for Elephants and ghost stories can either work really well or not well at all Sleight worked amazingly well Jennifer Sommersby knows how to make the unbelievable believable From the very beginning there is action and mystery I mean check out that first line Attention grabbing and uirky enough to make you have to keep reading I loved Gemma Henry and the myriad of characters They all were perfectly fleshed out and I could see each of them and grew to love or despise them just as Gemma did Think Harry Potter and feeling as though you were friends with Ron and Hermione just like Harry Although Gemma had people in her life that I wanted to throttle than befriend I loved being able to feel like I was immersed in Sleight The only character I was left feeling as though I couldn't figure out was Ash But since this is a spoiler free review I can't discuss why I have mixed feelings on him So read it so we can discuss it Pretty pleaseAnd Henry Talk about literary crush worthy swoons and drools The writing style was amazing as well I loved the pacing and how the story developed I was a little hesitant about the magic book aspect but it worked The only complaint I have is that I want the seuel BadlyI'd suggest this book to those who love fantasy andor paranormal YA with a strong female protagonist and adorable romance wwwieatwordscom

  10. Ashlea Ashlea says:

    I do my reviews in the form of uestions makes it easier to get my thoughts together So here goesWhat made me pick this book up I saw it on either Netgalley or Edelweiss and the cover immediately caught my attentionWhat did I like about the cover Everything Literally It looks like an old circus poster I would totally have this hanging up in my room The colors are beautifulWhat made me read this book I got it as an ARC to review The synopsis sounded great and like I said the cover is amazingWhat did I like the most I love the story of it It's all very uniueI love reading about being in the circus and circus life Anything that has the circus in it is good for me I'm so jealous of her being able to interact with not only elephants but also tigersThe characters are well written I really like Henry He's my favorite And Baby I loved Baby All he wanted to do was protect Geni What didn't I like I can't really put my finger on anything I didn't like The story was good and the characters were good but for some reason it just wasn't spectacular to me I feel like it could have been so much that grabbed meAlso it ends in a cliffhanger Just a heads upWould I read the rest of the series from this author?Hmm I'm not sure I think I would read Overall it was a well written uniue story with great characters But it didn't awe me like I had hope it would

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