Girl in the Shadows (Girl on a Wire #2)
By: Gwenda Bond
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.
Let me start this review off with some honesty time: I haven’t read Girl on a Wire. It is sitting on my shelf unread and ready to be consumed, but it has yet to work its way to the top of by To Be Read pile. That being said, Girl in the Shadows functions as a companion novel as is just as readable and enjoyable with out having read Girl on a Wire.
Girl in the Shadows has magic and secret societies and lovey dovey-ness. Moira experiences all of these things, and Gwenda’s air of mystery that she weaves through the plot gives the book an enthralling, if sometimes confusing, edge. The performance scenes were pleasingly atmospheric and captivating, and the costumes and magic were delightful. Also: secret societies, man.
While the book was great and revolved around a concept, circus-ish-ness, that is regrettably not frequently visited in YA, there were a few major drawbacks. The love story felt rushed, Moira is head over heels for a guy very very quickly, and she is very accepting of some major revelations that I felt she should have had a stronger reaction to. Despite such issues, Girl in the Shadows was still a great read and it means I will have to pick up Girl on a Wire much sooner than expected.
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She’s also hard at work on some secret projects you don’t know about yet.
Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house inLexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online atwww.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.
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