by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
While books about shifters aren’t terribly unique, I did think this was a fairly unique idea to have the shifters be a part of a circus… one where they clearly fit in and are an accepted part of the society there.
I found Flo to be an interesting character. It was easy to empathise with her through the course of the narration. Even from the start, I found her a likable character. And it was good that the romance wasn’t really heavy.
It was good to see the different kinds of shifters in the circus. I liked being able to see how the different characters gathered into their own groups, or clusters. It would have been nice to see how close the characters were to their animal forms… such as if they had instincts as humans, or if they ate certain foods due to their animal heritage.
I didn’t like Nora’s character, at all. I couldn’t see much about her that had the potential of redemption. I didn’t see enough of Hari to understand his motivations… and Ava just seemed naive and insistent that she was doing the right thing, even though later on, it becomes clear that she has a lot to hide.
I did like the elephant triplets. Although Flo seems to see them as one-dimensional, they come across as deeper than that. I could understand Jett very well. Even when he didn’t come across as ‘heroic’, I could understand why he grabbed Flo and ran with her when there was danger.
The danger in this book did come across really well. I cared about the characters and what was happening to them… even Pru, although she didn’t come across as a very nice person a lot of the time.
There were a lot of good elements of tension and I found myself drawn really easily into this book. It’s one I would be interested in seeing expanded into a series. I’d like to see and learn more about the characters… especially the minor ones. And I’d really like to learn more about Rain.
I thought this was a good, unique twist on the shifter fantasy. And it was really cool how the main character was a horse and not something more ‘exotic’.