The holidays are almost over and I’m super thrilled to be kicking off week four of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. Once again Winter seems to be the favorite – Mab definitely has her charms – but that doesn’t mean they’re in the lead. It’s number of comments that count and it seems Summer is managing to hold its own.
Hannah of In the Best Worlds, who will be once again sharing an AWESOME guest post on Wednesday, and I are doing our very best not to disappoint King Oberon. We really, really don’t want to feel his wrath.
As it is week four, my stop today is a short review of episode two along with a teaser of this week’s episode. For those of you who are waiting for the finished book to come out, you’ll have quite a few peeks into this amazing world by then!
The final peek at episode two is tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette where you can see just what she thinks of this next episode.
As these are just episodes, my reviews will be of the mini variety so as not to reveal too much. But I promise not to reveal any spoilers. Though I’d really, really love to talk about….
Mini-review: Episode Two
The more I read of this story, the more in love with this book I am. And the more tormented I am when each episode ends. And while this episode doesn’t end on quite as much of a cliffhanger as the first episode did, reaching that last page and not being able to continue on is maddening.
Episode two teases readers with it’s beautifully written descriptions of the circus and its performers. It hints at the mystery that is Kingston. And it taunts us with the knowledge that there is more to Vivienne’s past than we – and even Vivienne – know.
Things are becoming even more dangerous for the performers. And we finally get a peek at the Summer Court. While I’d love to talk about just what happens with that, it is fairly spoiler-y. But let’s just say that secrets are being kept. Secrets that may prove deadly.
This second episode of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is every bit as captivating as that first episode. And it leaves readers with even more questions than before when it reaches its end at the conclusion of the seventh chapter.
The description wasn’t kidding when it said that not everything is as it seems. After seven chapters I’m left questioning everything and everyone.
The mystery has deepened, as has my suspicion. And with each turn of events and each new revelation, I’m left only with more questions. Questions about exactly what happened to Vivienne at the end of the first episode. Questions about just who… or what… Lilith is. Questions about Kingston, Melody and the Summer Court. And questions about just what Mab is really up to.
Questions I hope to find answers to in the coming episodes.
As agonizing as it is to have to wait for each new episode to download, much like the performers bound by contract to the circus, I am irrevocably connected to this amazing story and I’ll take any glimpse into the world that is offered, even if it is just a brief one.
Actually, I wouldn’t change a thing about the way I’ve been able to experience it. While the wait may be torturous, this dark and alluring tale is more than worth the wait.
There were a number of passages I considered favorites in this week’s episode. Sadly many of them were just as long as the teaser, if not longer, so I thought it best not to post them here.
I will just say that my most favorite was one involving Vivienne’s place within the circus. And my second involved Vivienne’s thoughts on Kingston.
The one I chose also involves Viv’s thoughts on Kingston. And although it is much, much shorter, it is one that makes me smile.
“What was that”? I ask when I reach him. He jumps slightly but doesn’t make a sound. When he sees it’s me, his fingers relax just a little. He really should wear a shirt backstage. His abs are distracting, even at the worst of times.
I duck under the tent flap and enter a room filled with dim light and the scent of hay and oil smoke. The sounds of a viola are coming from a man in the corner, and it’s like I’ve been transported back a few dozen years to the heyday of sideshows. The inner tent walls glow orange in the lantern light and there, on a wooden platform, is a Shifter girl. Her hair is pink and done up in six-inch spikes, and the only thing she’s wearing is a black dog collar around her neck. Every square inch of her naked flesh—from neck to nipples to heels—is pierced. Rings, studs, even what look like nails and acupuncture needles, all sparkle in the lamplight as she weaves a small, slow dance on the platform. The tent it mostly speechless men, all watching her undulate like a slow-motion belly dancer. She catches my eye as I walk in and winks, then goes back to entrancing the crowd. The black cauldron at her feet is already brimming with bills and coins.
***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***
About The Immortal Circus
Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
Format: Kindle eBook
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.
Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.
The show’s just beginning.
Step right up…
Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.
Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.
In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.
MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.
Tour Schedule – Week Four
MON, Dec. 31: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 2
TUE, Jan. 1: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 2
WED, Jan. 2: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST
THU, Jan. 3: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.
There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!
The giveaway is US ONLY.
The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.
There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!