genre: young adult
Jules Maroni is a wire walker - a pretty dang good one. When her family of performers joins a new circus she's ready to show the world what she can do - but she doesn't anticipate meeting Remy. Remy the handsome trapeze artist, Remy who just happens to be a Garcia. And Maronis don't become friends with Garcias - there is a history there that Jules doesn't understand and the consequences of the past are far-reaching. Jules has to decide if she has the courage to be who she was meant to be and make her own rules in a tight-knit community where family is business.
I completely fell for this retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The magical/fantasy element took me a bit by surprise and I had to stretch a little to just believe it but once I did, I really enjoyed myself. Jules is a fleshed out teen - eager to prove herself and so breathlessly on the edge of a romance that she really wants. The plot all plays out along the backdrop of the circus and its season - which I found fascinating. I switched between audio and ebook on this one and the audio was quite good - the narrator had a good feel for the story. The story got a little slow in places and a few of the secondary characters were a little flat but I still liked it a lot, especially the very end. I love an ending that catches me by surprise in a good way.