All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney – Review

all the little bones by ellie marney book reviewSummary:

A teenage trapeze artist and an apprentice strongman on the run from a terrible crime…

Seventeen-year-old Sorsha Neary’s life is changed in one night when she defends herself behind the vans of her family circus troupe. Now Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm Mackay are travelling south, to evade the fallout and escape the long arm of the law. All they have in their favour is talent, an old promise, and slim acquaintance with the crew members and performers of their new home, Klatsch’s Karnival. But the question for Sorsha and Colm isn’t if the police will catch up with them, but when…

Dark YA romance, with a criminal twist – Circus Hearts: Step. Right. Up.

Review: 3 Stars

I picked up All the Little Bones because of it’s set at the circus. I used to work at a carnival so I thought that I would return to that kind of world though this book. Even though I used to work at a carnival, I have always loved fairs, carnivals and circuses. The setting to this series is definitely my favorite part. I think that circus and carnie life is different than what most people are used to and it’s kind of magical. There is a draw to those kinds of events, everyone is hoping to capture a bit of magic. But I have a few issues with this book. There is a bunch of circus lingo thrown into this book and a lot of it goes unexplained ant it is just assumed that the reader understands what is being talked about. But I also wanted it to be more magical than it was, the circus is a great setting and it wasn’t fully taken advantage of in this book.

As far as the characters go I had a lot of issues with them. Sorsha was a victim of sexual abuse and it winds up being a massive part of the plot. While I don’t mind having sexual abuse in books, I don’t like when the whole plot centers around it. She clearly suffers from PTSD, but she is presented as more of a victim than a survivor. Which I don’t really like. She is quite a damsel and her weaknesses rather than her strengths are what I feel like was focused on. However I did really like her romance with Colm. I found him sweet and understanding.

The plot was interesting, even though it was secondary to the romance. But what I liked most about this novel that it was about healing and it held hope. While Sorsha was more of a victim than a survivor, this story told how love was still possible after horrors. I found Sorsha and Colm’s love story hopeful. Colm was a really good guy and I really appreciated how he was there for Sorsha.

I picked this up hoping for a quick romantic read set in the circus and that is exactly what I got. While I wasn’t a huge fan of how this plot was centered on abuse I learned that the rest of the series is actually about different circus characters. I do love the setting and wanted to learn more about the other characters, so I would love to follow up with the rest of the series.

I reviewed a free copy of this novel.

 

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