A Unique Writing Style
I try not to read reviews of a book before I begin them, especially for review copies, because having a pre-formed opinion isn’t something that helps me go into a book unbiased. Which is basically me saying I don’t read reviews before I read a book because I like the experience to be all mine.
I had a friend borrow this book before I read it, and once she was done, she very loudly projected her opinions onto me.
So, despite trying not to, I went into this book with some semblance of the story already in my head, along with thoughts about it.
I was SO SO excited when a LOVELY publicist at Rock the Boat UK contacted me asking whether I’d be interested in reading this book because YES! I ADORED Olivia Levez’s debut, The Island, as it kept me company on a fourteen hour train journey and I even had the AMAZING Olivia Levez on my blog last year. Basically, I’m a fan.
While The Circus was a GOOD BOOK, it wasn’t as good as The Island.
1. I was slightly disappointed that the actual part of Willow BEING in the Circus was so little. Rather than it being about a girl that found her place among a merry band of outcasts, this was about her life after she ran away, and while that by itself was a good story, it really took away that the TITLE of this book was The Circus. I hoped that I’d be surrounded with unique characters with even better circus acts, but that was not the case.
2. I liked Willow but NOT ONCE did I condone her running away from home or feel sympathetic for her. I understood that she was neglected a bit, but she lived this life of COMPLETE AND UTTER COMFORT that she really didn’t care for and threw away without a second thought. There are so many kids in the world who would be so grateful to have a fraction of what she does, but there was no appreciation for any of what she had.
3. One of the things I REALLY LOVED was Olivia’s writing style. It’s a very free spirited style of writing, like her main character. It captured the essence of a life without a home, life in a circus and the mind of a very live in the moment teenage girl REALLY REALLY WELL.
4. I don’t entirely know if I loved or hated Suze. I certainly understood her more than Willow, and I loved her ability to make costumes like they were magic, but there was nothing in particular that made me connect with her. I guess that she and I aren’t similar at all, and I couldn’t relate.
Do I recommend this book?
I CERTAINLY 1000% recommend getting lost in Olivia Levez’s writing style because she has a TRUE TALENT but if it came down to it, I would certainly pick The Island over The Circus. Still, this author is DEFINITELY one worth reading! 3.5 stars.