Circus of the Darned
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From the Publisher
Fran isn’t your typical teenager. She can sense an object’s history and discern a person’s thoughts with a mere touch. Oh, and her boyfriend is a vampire. But her concerns are the same as any teen’s—finding her place in the world, finding someone to love…and finding some time (and a cool outfit) for an actual date. Unfortunately, life—and the craziness of traveling around Europe with a band of witches, mediums and magicians—keeps intruding, and the hundred-year-old Viking ghosts she accidentally conjured into being are unmanageable to say the least.
From the Back Cover
I’ve given up all hope of having a normal life. As if things weren’t freaky enough traveling around Europe with a group of witches, mediums, and magicians who make up my home-away-from-home (aka the GothFaire), now I also have to cope with a mysterious man who wants to steal my horse, and a time-travel counselor who insists I’m Cleopatra reincarnated.
I just want to go on a date with Benedikt, but when your boyfriend’s a vampire, nothing is easy. Not only is Ben keeping secrets from me, but somehow, I raised an entire battlefield of warring Viking ghosts—all of whom refuse to be sent back.
And I thought all I had to worry about was what to wear on my date…
Author: Katie Maxwell
My Area of Interest: 2nd in Katie's teen vamp. series. I've read almost all of her Paranormal Romance series (Katie MacCallister)
Finished 3/27/07 - Pretty good. It's left wide open for the next book. I should have read this one not too far after the first one, mainly because it took me a few mins to place everything.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I might share this with the Club VLAD gals after I've read it as I think it was CandyDarling who sent around the first in this Goth series.
Francesca "Fran" Ghetti has been traveling across Europe with her mom and the GothFaire for the last several months. Fran is finally beginning to realize that she'll never have a normal life she once craved. The traveling GothFaire and all the strange and mysterious people that work there, her Wiccan High Priestess mother, and Benedikt, a really cute Dark One (aka vampire) who claims she is his Beloved are just the start! She's also got to deal with her psychometry skills—the ability to read a person or object's past, as well as their thoughts and emotions, through touch—and try to integrate that into her life. But at least she's beginning to accept, perhaps even like, her new life.
However, just as things have started to look up, it all begins to fall apart. First, someone steals her horse Tesla, most likely the oddly curious man who had expressed an interest and offered her an amazingly large sum of money for such an old horse. Then, she accidentally manages to raise an entire battlefield of warring, Viking ghosts... who refuse to move on to the afterlife! Buggers! All this just in time to ruin her first "real" date with Benedikt on Saturday.
While this book had a good story to it, there were several things about Fran's character that bugged me. For example, I got tired very fast of all the teen-ish giggly, girly stuff going on. I had to laugh though because even Fran herself would admit she didn't like "going all girly". Too bad she can't listen to her own advice. LOL But it's not just this book really... I have the same problem with most of this author's characters—they're all too ditzy, girly, catty, or just plain stupid for my taste; she's never really written a character that has endeared herself to me. (For proof, just search for "macalister" on my blog to read my past reviews.)
This book is now reserved for a Club VLAD/BookObsessed bookray as several other BookCrossers there are interested in reading it, having read the first book shared by CandyDarling.
Since I'm keeping this bookray limited to Club VLAD and BookObsessed members, I'm not going to be too stringent with rules since most of the people in these two subsections of BookCrossing are well-known and trusted. Therefore, all I ask is to let me know if you plan on hanging onto this book for a really long time, i.e. 6 months or more. It's a short, quick read though so I doubt that'd really be necessary. Thanks. :)
Current List (updated 3/17/09)
CandyDarling, Finland <-- end here
Mailed to MaplesFlowers on 4/24/09 via USPS First Class Mail.
Started & finished in one day. It wasn't as good as the first book, imho. In fact, 5 minutes after finishing it, I couldn't recall what it had been about.
I'll be mailing this out to Tayla tomorrow. Maybe she'll like it better than I did. In any case, thanks, Cherie, for sharing!! <>
I didn't really enjoy the book. I guess I wanted more of a backstory.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I can't find the next reader's address anywhere and she is not responding my PM's. I am going to send it on to nikel.
Good read, thanks for sharing with me.
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Enjoy the book
I will pass these two books forward soon.