Seventeen-year-old Sorsha Neary’s life is changed in one night when she defends herself behind the vans of her family circus troupe. Now Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm Mackay are travelling south, to evade the fallout and escape the long arm of the law. All they have in their favour is talent, an old promise, and slim acquaintance with the crew members and performers of their new home, Klatsch’s Karnival. But the question for Sorsha and Colm isn’t if the police will catch up with them, but when…
Dark YA romance, with a criminal twist – Circus Hearts: Step. Right. Up. (From: Goodreads)
***Actual Rating: 5/5 Flying Stars***
”From such threads/ our lives are made/ From such lives/ are heartbeats gathered”
Circus Hearts is a dark YA, mystery romance trilogy written by one of my top favorite authors of all time, Ellie Marney. Her Every trilogy has my undivided attention from the first page till the end, so I’ve been determined to read all of her other books, including her future works, ever since. Therefore, when I found out she had this delicious YA series coming up this fall, I jumped on the bandwagon without hesitation. *wink*
The story started with Colm Mackay, a strongman in a circus,
escaping traveling with his partner in crime fellow performer, a trapeze flyer, Saoirse “Sorsha” Neary, after an accident occurred in their former circus. They later joined another circus in a southern city, which they thought would be a safe haven for both of them, only to find out it was just the beginning of a series of not-so-coincident tragedies.
He sighs out deeply. “So am I a witness or an accessory? I keep mixing them up.”
My whole body tenses in an instant. “Witness. You’re a witness. An accessory is someone who helps commit the crime.”
Sorsha couldn’t face the person she became after what she did in the past while Colm tried to help her find her own voice, at the cost of sacrificing his freedom and the chance to redeem himself. They were like the modern version of Bonnie and Clyde, with a darker shade of unspeakable truth and unforgettable kindred spirits.
”I know.” I slip my hands down to hold his, which looks laughable—my small, callused fingers in his enormous mitts. “But I needed Terry to know that my word means something. And I’m fighting for you.” I glance down at our joined hands. “I’ll always fight for you.”
As Sorsha and Colm’s adorable friendship evolved into swoon-worthy and heart-warming romance, I couldn’t help but fall for these lovebirds. They not only showed endless support and affection for each other, but also stood up for the other half when no one seemed to side with them.
Joining another group of circus performers never guaranteed them a better life, let alone an innocent one. Sorsha still had to fight against her personal demons that had haunted her since the horrific incident, and moving to this brand-new city didn’t give her the sense of security she was seeking. That is, the daughter of the ringmaster, Fleur, was a complete b*tch, who never welcomed Colm and Sorsha—umm, maybe just Sorsha if Colm weren’t her boyfriend—with open arms; hence, she was the one dragging the newcomers down along the way.
To my surprise, even with all this drama, Sorsha and Colm got their well-deserved happy ending in this book. Not that Fleur failed in her little tricks, though, the odds were obviously in S&C’s favor this time…luckily. Somehow I got the feeling that this dark side of the circus ran much deeper than it seemed and someone was indeed sabotaging the circus business and beyond.
*LET THE SHOW BEGIN…*
All in all, I enjoyed reading Circus Hearts 1: All the Little Bones immensely and couldn’t wait to share my thought on Fleur’s journey in book 2! Thus, I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE! I hope y’all love Sorsha and Colm’s story as much as I do! ❤
***Huge thanks to Ellie for offering me a chance to read an early e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.***