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Alice Nuttall is a tea-swilling, lindy-hopping, perpetual student. She has escaped her Oxford attic, and now lives in a semi-fictional village. She has been writing since she could hold a pen, and currently divides her time between working on her novel, finishing her thesis, and unjamming photocopiers.
on April 27, 2014 :
I got this book for free, so it is proper to regard it as a review copy and to write a review.
I read the book fairly quickly, and tweeted a handful of errors to the author - and assume that these have meanwhile been corrected.
The book is written in a natural, easy to read style. Things do keep happening, pushing the story smoothly forward.
Lizzie, a teenage girl suffering from rages, is the main character. She runs away - or is kinda kidnapped by - with a circus that moves through the dimensions from world to world. (Please do not run away from house yourself, girls and boys.)
Lizzie is employed by Jack, a peculiar person who is the boss of the circus. She falls in love with Damien, another dimensional traveller; and appears to have an enemy in tightrope walker Selina. There are other enemies, though, within and outside of the circus, who do not mean well to the circus and its dimensional travellers.
Lizzie meets werewolves, dragons and other unusual persons and creatures.
It is only at the end of the book that Jack's and Selina's motivations become clear.
The author adeptly brings all the threads she spun together at the end of the book. I liked it how all of these plot elements came together.
I enjoyed this book, though I am a 56 year old man. I expect that most people - girls especially - between say nine and fifteen years old will enjoy the book as well.
I give five stars, because I have no regrets whatsoever to have read this book.
(review of free book)