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Saturday, July 7, 2012

GIVEAWAY "Circus Summer..Circus of Curiosities" by Kailin Gow

Circus Summer (Circus of Curiosities Book #1) by Kailin Gow is a YA Dystopian Fantasy -
Releases July 2, 2012  
In post-apocalypse America, every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, curious, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a live grand performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of The Center find themselves chosen to be in this Summer's Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their feelings for each other? Leela Sinclair needs to win in order to get to The Center where she can get medical help from the best physicians for her ailing mother, plague with a condition no one have heard of. For Zachary Nile, his reasons for becoming a performer at the Circus is more mysterious.  Only the ringmaster and the Circus of Curiosities owner Dex Hightower (Dr. Dex) knows what the touring Circus is really about amidst the magic and splendor.  Despite the Great War and the poverty surrounding the land except for the towns fortunate enough to be near the Center, Dr. Dex and the Circus performers all know, "The show must go on."

About Kailin Gow 
Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are:  The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more.  A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film.  She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and has
traveled extensively around the world.  
You May Find Kailin Here :
Website: www.KailinGowBooks.com
Blog: http://KailinGow.Wordpress.com
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/KailinGow
Facebook: http://Facebook.com/KailinGowBooks

You May Find Her Books Here : 
All books on B&N : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/kailin-gow?keyword=kailin+gow&store=allproducts

The Dame's Review :

I was put off when I first saw Kailin Gow's book, wondering what on earth I would find in its pages. The cover isn't one of those "beautiful girl face" ones we've come to expect from YA fiction!  It was a book I had asked to read...just curious...and then wasn't sure I'd find it palatable once I got into it.  Boy, was I surprised!  The writing hit me right from the start!  Ms Gow may be targeting the YA crowd with her book, but it swept me up with curiosity as soon as I read the Prologue.  I think adults will enjoy her writing, as well.

Kailin Gow is particularly adept at dialog.  Her characters are imaginative, but live in their certain and casual communication.  It lends an easy realism to this dystopian novel that isn't experienced in many YA books of this genre.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I loved her protagonist, Leela's strength and determination throughout the book.  A strong and worthy female role model for young women.  The character of her "best friend" Thomas was balanced and a great symbiosis of male who was worthy of respect and love.  The circus itself took on a menacing persona from the out-start.

It is easy to see that Ms Gow is an accomplished writer.  This is no first, debut novel.  Her writing is strong and mature.  The plot is well-developed and interesting in every aspect.  Characters are engaging and mature as the story builds.  There is a learning curve for all concerned, even the reader.  Many of the incidents remind me of "The Hunger Games."

While the novel is not perfect in all its aspects, I think "Circus Summer...Circus of Curiosities:  Book One" is certainly good enough to warrant my wanting to read Book Two!  I'll be looking for it when it comes out.

I recommend this book as a definite buy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Ms Gow can only get better with time.  She's a real "find," and an author whose star I can see rising this year!


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Giveaway ends  July 31st

4 stars                         Deborah/TheBookishDame



This sounds like a great story. I am really starting to get into the trilogy thing too. I love anything with circuses or curiousities.
I would like to be entered into the giveaway contest.


I am uncertain about a book that sounds like it is built on a very similar idea to the Hunger Games, but I will give it a try since your review is favorable to it.

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