It is the start of week eight of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. And I am super excited because this week the final episode releases and the book’s official birthday is on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
With just three weeks remaining on the tour and only one more chance for Oberon to check in on just how I’m doing in support of the Summer Court, I am both saddened and relieved.
Saddened this book will be concluding. Saddened that there will be only one more teaser for me to share after this week. Saddened that I’ll only have one more peek at Kingston. And saddened that I won’t be teamed up with Hannah of In the Best Worlds to try and defeat the seemingly all-powerful Mab and her Winter Court.
But I will be relieved that I’ll be able to rest my battle-weary self without having to worry about just what Oberon might do. And relieved that I will get to read the final episode in just a few days and I won’t have to suffer the wait for each new episode. I shall have my answers!
Of course I’ve heard some things… things best left unspoken for now. I’ll just have to share that in two weeks when I’ll be reviewing the next – and final – episode.
Today I’m reviewing Episode Four. And as there are lots and lots of things that happen in this particular episode it may be slightly vague, as I’m desperately trying to keep my reviews spoiler-free. Even the teaser I’ve been allowed to share doesn’t give away too much.
Although the teaser that will be included tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette, along with her review, is rather… how shall I say it… revealing. Yes, revealing… perhaps deliciously revealing… but revealing nonetheless. Though it’s one you won’t want to miss.
My review, as always, is an attempt at mini review. But with the way I do tend to go on… and on… and on… I hope I’ve kept it as vague as I’d intended without being too obscure, murky or otherwise unclear.
Oh, and one last thing… be sure to visit all the stops this week for more chances to win one of the four IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Packs and to check out this week’s guest posts.
Mini-review: Episode Four
After the cliffhanger ending of Episode Three, I didn’t think I could be any more anxious for another episode in this series. And yet, when I reached the end of Episode Four I was more desperate than ever for the fifth and final episode.
The episode begins to answer those questions about Kingston and Vivienne that have been teasing and tormenting readers throughout the series. And while certain things about Vivienne’s past are revealed, there are still more questions awaiting answers about just where she came from, just what she did and just why she entered into the contract she was given.
Each answer revealed seems to lead to more questions. With the biggest puzzle of all revolving around Lilith. About just who and what she is. About just what it is she can do. And about just what her fixation on Kingston means for Vivienne.
There are still questions about many of the characters’ motivations, questions about what the Summer Court will do in retaliation for the events that took place at the start of this episode, questions about what Mab will do after a rather damning discovery she made and questions about the future of the Cirque des Immortels.
Episode Four adds even more twists and turns to this already mysterious, dark and twisty story. It invites readers even further into this world that is full of secrets, lies, deception and betrayal. A deadly world of illusions where no one is safe. Where no one can be trusted. Where anything seems possible.
At just four chapters, this latest episode is an incredibly quick read, but packs the most information onto its pages of any of the previous episodes. And it sets the story up for what I can only imagine will be an epic conclusion.
With tensions growing between the Summer and Winter Court, between Mab and Vivienne, between Vivienne and Kingston and between Vivienne and Lilith, it doesn’t sound like things will end happily at the conclusion of this story. Someone… or many someones… are bound to lose. And it seems very likely one of those someones will be Vivienne.
And with the way the episode ended – with betrayal, a set up, and a broken heart – the fifth and final episode promises to be deadly, exciting, and heartbreaking. And it is one that I am anxiously waiting for on the very edge of my seat.
All my most favorite passages were spoiler-y. And my very most favorite one was the spoiler-y-est of them all. Because it was the last two paragraphs of this episode. The passage that made me incredibly desperate for next week’s episode.
But this very short passage is one that I also love, as it says so very much, in very few words, yet very beautifully.
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I’m smiling, but I can feel it slip. Something digs in the back of my head, something pulling itself up to consciousness. It smells of brimstone and fear.
“I’m three hundred and forty-one,” Kingston says.
The numbers drop like guillotines, but he doesn’t look away from me as he says them. Clearly, he’s judging my response. I try to keep my face composed, and my response is as witty as I can make it.
“You don’t look a day over two hundred,” I say. “Must be all the popcorn.”
He shakes his head, but he’s smiling nonetheless. Again, he looks at me like I’m amusing. But there’s something else behind it. Surprise?
“What did you do?” I ask. “Why did you join?” Most of our performers were in a bind, Mab had said. What could Kingston have done?
“Well,” he says. “I used to live in Salem.”
***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***
About The Immortal Circus
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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…
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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 Eight
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MON, Jan. 28: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4
TUE, Jan. 29: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4
WED, Jan. 30: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST
THU, Jan. 31: 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!