Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Series: Book # 1
Release Date: March 23, 2011
Blurb: Her mom is dead.
Ghosts follow her around.
Her best friend is an elephant.
And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret...
When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the über-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction.
Let the chase begin…
Warning: This book is very addictive and you will not be able to put it down!
My Cover Thoughts: I absolutely loved the cover of this book. There is this beautiful girl with long red curly hair lying with her eyes closed relaxing on the green grass.
My Thoughts/Review: Let me start out by saying this was a wonderful read from what I had been reading. This is a story set in the circus. I have never read a book that had that scenery so it caught my eye. I absolutely loved the book.
Characters in this book were great and you got to see the dynamics of a true family not blood related but bonded together by the circus. You saw how they loved and trusted one another. Ted was the circus owner and he was married to Marlene who was Gemma surrogate mother. Then you had fun loving blind uncle Irwin who despite losing his eye sight in an accident still worked ion the circus. Then there is loveable, cocky Ash and his twin sister Junie who is Gemma’s best friend. Then there is Gemma who is the center of the story because she is left an orphan because her mother killed herself and left her to live with Ted and Marlene. Then enter the man of the hour Henry Dmitri loveable and HOT HOT HOT! He and Gemma have this instant bond and begin this journey of theirs together. As you all know there is always a villain in every good story and we have drum roll please! Lucian Dmitri, he is charming and cunning and loveable oh and also very very very rich! And OMG he is bad bad bad…… He wants Gemma and will stop at nothing to get her.
This story is filled with ghosts, magic both good and evil and love. You will be pulled into the story from the very beginning of the story and will not be able to put it down. You will be caught up in the adventure of a lifetime with Gemma and Henry as they try to get to their destination in one piece.
I will give you all a special treat the first few opening sentences are the last funeral I went to was for a lion. Sarah. She was mauled to death by her lover. There was no casket. Just a canvas tarp and some very thick plastic….
Go out and get the book to read more you will not be disappointed!
I loved this book and I loved how Jennifer gave us a backdrop of the circus life. Jennifer is the next J.K. Rowling with this series! Congrats Jen on such a wonderful book.
Memorable Quotes: Page 287 Gemma and Henry are on the train and they are in their room getting ready to fall asleep.
Henry bent over and kissed my forehead, but I grabbed the back of his neck and pressed my lips against his. He kissed me, too, gentle at first but with more vigor when I refused to release his head. He tasted so good. His hair felt soft in my fingers. I loved his smell, the feel of his face so close to mine.
“Sleep now,” he said.
I smiled at him, my cheeks flushed but not from embarrassment.
“Stay close. Don’t leave me,” I whispered.
“Never, G.” He stroked my forehead as I succumbed to blissful, perfect sleep, safe in the arms of my future.
Advice: This is a summer MUST READ!!!!!!!!!
Image and Blurb from: www.goodreads.com