Trapeze
How do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . . Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn’t gliding through the air of Cirque Mystique’s big top. As a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, Corey wakes up every day in a different place, buzzing for the moment she can suspend gravity during the night’s performance. When the circus pulls into small-town Sherwood, California, everything seems normal—aside from meeting the exceptionally cute Luke Everett at a local diner. But that night, in the midst of the performance, tragedy strikes and flames overtake the tent. While Corey narrowly escapes, in the ashes of the circus pitch lies the only home she’s ever known.Repeatedly thrown out of her comfort zone, Corey must learn how to push toward her future without forgetting her past, what it means to be a daughter to a mother she’s never known, and how to navigate the confusing magic of first love, even as she performs the high-wire act of being true to who you really are.

Trapeze Details

TitleTrapeze
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherWattpad Books
ISBN-139780993689956
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Trapeze Review

  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    Good book, but something was missingI think the cover is very pretty, but it sort of odd because the Trapeze artists in the story are sort of rivals with the Ariel Silk girls and the cover picture is an Ariel Silk girl, not a girl on a Trapeze. Despite that, I would have to give Trapeze 3.4 stars. It was good enough to be over three because it held my interest till the very end, but not enough to bump it up to 4 stars because something was just missing. I did like the ending, though it was a sur Good book, but something was missingI think the cover is very pretty, but it sort of odd because the Trapeze artists in the story are sort of rivals with the Ariel Silk girls and the cover picture is an Ariel Silk girl, not a girl on a Trapeze. Despite that, I would have to give Trapeze 3.4 stars. It was good enough to be over three because it held my interest till the very end, but not enough to bump it up to 4 stars because something was just missing. I did like the ending, though it was a surprise. I think that part of the problem may have been when the main character, Corey Ryder was going to school for a while there is seemed that for a while there were some boring descriptions of her days and unnecessary scenes.The book starts out very well, with great characterizations and a wonderful story about Corey’s life as a 17 year old Trapeze artist in training in the circus. They just have pulled into the town of Sherwood, California. Corey has a tradition of going to the first restaurant she sees in every town where the show sets up and if she has a good experience that means they will have a good opening night.She meets a cute boy at the diner, Luke Everett, who she invites to the show as she leaves. After practice she finds out she will no longer be in training, but will be the main trapeze artist. However, during the show tragedy strikes and she ends up having to leave circus life and move in with her Mother. She hasn’t lived with her Mom since she was two and doesn’t remember her. But it turns out the reason they came to Sherwood was because her Mother wanted to meet her.Going forward the book has a ton of angst, which is understandable. There is angst about living with a mother she doesn’t know, about going to school for the first time, about her homeschooling in the circus not being good enough, and most of all about kids finding out she was from the circus.Then she ends up in a class with Luke and when she does poorly on a test, he offers to be her tutor. I think one thing that could be done much better in the book is the relationship between these two. There are only a few times when they are together that are described in the book. But then at one point it is mentioned that they kiss a lot when they are together at his house. But most of those times were not written about. Yet a bunch of her school days and a trip to her guidance counselors office was. All in all, I did enjoy the book. It had some dark themes that I won’t get into, because I don’t want to give everything away. Some of these are slowly revealed as you read the story, so it was interesting how it all came out. I did like the ending, which was a HEA. I would like to say more on that, but I don’t want to give that away either. The book was definitely worth reading and wasn’t that long and there aren’t many books with the circus and trapeze artists in them so it is original in that way.Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a great first novel by Leigh Ansell. She has been publishing her work on Wattpad for the last 8 years and she has accumulated over 130,000 followers. I see great things in this young author's future. There were entire sections of this novel that were first rate - incredibly impressive, in fact. Leigh Ansell will only get better with time. Corey Ryder met Luke at the start of her bri My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a great first novel by Leigh Ansell. She has been publishing her work on Wattpad for the last 8 years and she has accumulated over 130,000 followers. I see great things in this young author's future. There were entire sections of this novel that were first rate - incredibly impressive, in fact. Leigh Ansell will only get better with time. Corey Ryder met Luke at the start of her brilliant career as a trapeze artist. But that same night, her career came crashing to a complete stop when the circus tent burned to the ground around her. She was lucky to have escaped with her life. Her Aunt Shelby has no choice but to send Corey to live with her mother. Corey struggles to find a place for herself in an alien and unwelcoming world. There are a few sections of this story that fall into the usual patterns: rowdy, drunken high school parties, bullying from the football star of the high school, having the cutest and most popular boy in the school fall for you, but the author's very good writing style went a long way to make up for her reliance on these standard tropes. I am more than willing to cut this talented author some slack here.The author did an excellent job in creating the character of Corey Ryder. I admired Corey's physical strength and stamina, as well as her refusal to give up and cry over her plight. The dialogue was often realistic. Luke's character needed a bit more rounding out, but he still came across as real to me.A lot of the other reviewers complain about the fact that the ending is open ended, but I don't understand why these reviewers are bothered by this. The author was obviously trying to create realistic characters, with realistic outcomes. As time has taught all of us, teen love does not always endure the rigors of separation and new interests and friends. There is still a tiny germ of hope for those die-hard readers who absolutely insist that Corey and Luke will find their way back to each other. But my philosophy has always been: rejoice that you have loved, even if it only lasted a very short time. Sending out love into this world creates much positive energy. Corey and Luke, being such caring and loving people, are bound to find love again - and who knows, down the road, they might find their way back to each other, after all?! Maybe the author has a sequel in the works? I will certainly be on the alert for any future novels from this author. Well done!
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  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    January 1, 1970
    Before I get into my review for this book, I do want to mention some triggers that this book includes. Mentioning some of these triggers may partially spoil some components of the story but I do want to include these triggers in this review because I think it's important for readers to have a warning. If you are worried about the triggers spoiling the storyline for you, skip the next paragraph.Some of the triggers that this novel includes are: abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional), domestic vi Before I get into my review for this book, I do want to mention some triggers that this book includes. Mentioning some of these triggers may partially spoil some components of the story but I do want to include these triggers in this review because I think it's important for readers to have a warning. If you are worried about the triggers spoiling the storyline for you, skip the next paragraph.Some of the triggers that this novel includes are: abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional), domestic violence, parental violence, addiction (mentioned but not heavily prevalent), and bullying. Now, onto my review. I really enjoyed this novel. This seems like an odd comparison but to me, this felt like reading a Sarah Dessen novel and I mean that in the most complimentary way. The writing flowed so easily and it was easy to get caught up in the story in no time. It was an emotional novel (in multiple ways) but I liked getting to know each of the main characters and their individual complexities. For those that are interested in reading a story involving the circus and a trapeze artist, I don't think you'll be disappointed but know that there is a good combination and mixture of settings. The circus is not the main focus. I thought that this book was solely going to be in the setting of a circus but it was not, it featured life in the circus as well as life in a small town. In fact, the majority of this story is not set in a circus setting. I think many will be surprised with the ending (and the resolution of more than one issue). I actually really liked the reality of the ending because I think it was more realistic than what the other alternate ending could've been, especially taking into account the character's ages. As well, I liked how the ending was somewhat open ended and I think readers may interpret different endings. This was definitely a good read and I would highly recommend it for those who like emotional coming of age stories similar to those written by Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson. ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Kiera
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review**This book comes out September 10, 20193.5 starsSummary from GoodreadsHow do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . .Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn **I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review**This book comes out September 10, 20193.5 starsSummary from GoodreadsHow do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?In this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling, heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly on the ground . . .Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t remember a time when she wasn’t gliding through the air of Cirque Mystique’s big top. As a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, Corey wakes up every day in a different place, buzzing for the moment she can suspend gravity during the night’s performance.When the circus pulls into small-town Sherwood, California, everything seems normal—aside from meeting the exceptionally cute Luke Everett at a local diner. But that night, in the midst of the performance, tragedy strikes and flames overtake the tent. While Corey narrowly escapes, in the ashes of the circus pitch lies the only home she’s ever known.Repeatedly thrown out of her comfort zone, Corey must learn how to push toward her future without forgetting her past, what it means to be a daughter to a mother she’s never known, and how to navigate the confusing magic of first love, even as she performs the high-wire act of being true to who you really are.My thoughtsThis book reminded me of a Kasie West romance, it was a fun, quick read and I quote enjoyed it. The story flowed nicely and I was immediately drawn into the story.If you are looking for a book with a main focus on the circus and trapeze this isn't the book for you. We don't spend a lot of time at the circus even though our character is a trapeze artist. There are really only two scenes where she is actually at the circus and both of those scenes are pretty short.I did feel like there was a little bit of insta love in this book. At one point the character is thinking about how she was drawn to him which was a little cliche. Otherwise I quite enjoyed Corey and Luke's relationship.Overall 3.5 starsI enjoyed this book but I would have liked this book to have more focus on trapeze and the circus as it was something that particularly drew me to this book.Get a Copy! https://www.amazon.com/Trapeze-Leigh-... this book comes out September, 10Or find it at your local library :)My review will be posted on my blog on August 30
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  • Fuzaila
    January 1, 1970
    I'm trying to look for diverse YA books here, and no matter what, most of them seem to disappoint me some way or other. Trapeze isn't diverse per se, but I'd liked that this book is about a trapeze artist. But surprise, surprise! There is less than 10% of circus in it :)) It seems as though YA books are just determined to turn out the same these days because this book ended up being just another teen flick. I've to admit though, the writing is reaalllyy good (but too polished?) and kept me hooke I'm trying to look for diverse YA books here, and no matter what, most of them seem to disappoint me some way or other. Trapeze isn't diverse per se, but I'd liked that this book is about a trapeze artist. But surprise, surprise! There is less than 10% of circus in it :)) It seems as though YA books are just determined to turn out the same these days because this book ended up being just another teen flick. I've to admit though, the writing is reaalllyy good (but too polished?) and kept me hooked nonetheless. The Plot Corey is 16 year old, and ever since she has been two, she's worked as a Trapeze artist for the Mystique Circus, moving place to place. She loved the circus folks like family. he found her place, and confidence, high up above in the air with a rope in her hand. Once at a diner in Sherwood, Corey meets Luke, a fellow teen, and they instantly hit it off. But she knows they can't have a lasting friendship. But a twisted fate brings her back to the ground, and she is forced to reunite with and stay with her mother whom she didn't even remember seeing. IN SHERWOOD. Guess whom she meets in her new school? Yep, Luke. Needless to say, Luke agrees to tutor her in math and she doesn't mind his interest in her, considering he's the most popular guy at school. He's also the only one in school who knows her true history - because Sherwood people isn't kind to people like her - circus artists. Like always, secrets don't stay buried for long...🕳 Those curly fries in the book gave me hunger spasms.🕳 Let's just say, Corey wasn't the most likeable of human beings. She's an introvert and practically speaks to no one, shut out her friends, ignores her mother, and basically thinks her life sucks.🕳 But the number of times she had things handed on a silver platter? Countless. As I said, she isn't very likeable. But the moment she steps into Franklin High School, she's dating the most popular guy there, is best friends with the student body president, a.k.a the popular girl and is even the should-have-been mean cheerleader is too nice to her even though she acts likes they don't exist.🕳 I liked the trapeze moments. I liked the way Corey describes her feelings while on the air. But I certainly wasn't a fan of how few of those scenes there were -_-🕳 Luke was okay. He's a good guy. But I didn't understand why he was so popular either. I didn't ever see him with anyone, talk to anyone, be friendly to anyone other than Corey.🕳 Also Kim and George. Best Friends. Welcomed Corey without question. They barely ever speak. WHY???? What's so special in her?🕳 Basically, there's ZERO actual friendship in this book.🕳 There were some intense moments in this book though.🕳 And did I mention I need Joe's curly fries RIGHT NOW?? TW: Physical abuseEither way, the ending was unexpected but I'm really satisfied with how things turned out eventually. I didn't ship Luke and Corey, they didn't even have a spark of romantic emotion between them, but I liked their interactions. And the circus came back in the end, so there's that 🙂 >> FINAL VERDICT << Nothing memorable.
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  • Kate R
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars*Corey is 17 and has been living in the circus life since she was 2. She is a breakout trapeze artist, and on her debut as lead in a very small town in California, a fire breaks out in the circus tent and she barely makes it out alive. When the only life she’s ever known is in ashes around her, she moves back in with her mother, and begins a real school for the first time in her life. With this life change is a girl trying to find her place in this new world, gaining confidence, findin *3.5 stars*Corey is 17 and has been living in the circus life since she was 2. She is a breakout trapeze artist, and on her debut as lead in a very small town in California, a fire breaks out in the circus tent and she barely makes it out alive. When the only life she’s ever known is in ashes around her, she moves back in with her mother, and begins a real school for the first time in her life. With this life change is a girl trying to find her place in this new world, gaining confidence, finding a new love and dealing with some very tough circumstances. I have to say this is definitely one of the best Wattpad novels I’ve read. With that being said, there’s quite a bit to unpack here. Let’s start with some trigger warnings. There is physical, emotional and verbal abuse; and bullying. Other things alluded to but not really seen were addiction and domestic violence. I was not prepared for how tough some of these scenes would be to read, but they were written and done incredibly well. I thought the circus part of the story was creative and different. The details here were quite impressive. You could almost see the circus routines. I do wish that there was more circus in the story because that was my favorite part. There was quite a bit thrown into the middle of the book; a little too much in my opinion. While it was certainly a page turner, it was overwhelming with how many important things were going on, and I really did not like how they were so neatly resolved. The ending was realistic for the heroine’s age and for the storyline, but I still wanted just a little bit more. Overall, this was a solid debut from a young author. I look forward to her future novels. * ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • xXForever_LoveXx
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness I loved this book. One of my favourites by Leigh. It was original, had a great character and plenty of underlying storylines to keep you guessing, and she has a fantastic prose that is unique and only hers. She is intelligent, capable and creative, and this positively shines through in her writing.Keep up the fantastic work!Adios, bookworms. x
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis started off so promising! I loved the first 70 or so pages - they were beautifully written and so engaging. Corey was such an easy character to get to know and I loved her meet cute with Luke. But it quickly went downhill after Corey started living with her mum and going to school in Sherwood. It became repetitive and all that happened was calculus and counselling. Again and again and again. I wanted to be invested with Luke and Corey's blossoming friendship and their eventual rela 3.5 starsThis started off so promising! I loved the first 70 or so pages - they were beautifully written and so engaging. Corey was such an easy character to get to know and I loved her meet cute with Luke. But it quickly went downhill after Corey started living with her mum and going to school in Sherwood. It became repetitive and all that happened was calculus and counselling. Again and again and again. I wanted to be invested with Luke and Corey's blossoming friendship and their eventual relationship but it took like 60% to get to their first kiss (IIRC) and before that, they barely spoke to each other. I did really love Luke and Corey though, I just felt like they were the only two well-developed characters in the book. I would still recommend this as it's quick and cute and Corey is a refreshing narrator.I received a free e-arc of this book from Netgalley
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    “If this is you falling to pieces,” he stated, his voice perfectly level, “then you’ve got to be the most together person I’ve ever met.”Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.Trapeze tells the story of Corey Ryder a seventeen-year old Trapeze artist, who after a tragic accident must ditch her leotard in exchange for a normal high school experience. From just the synopsis alone, I was intrigued, and I was getting some serious The Greatest Showman “If this is you falling to pieces,” he stated, his voice perfectly level, “then you’ve got to be the most together person I’ve ever met.”Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.Trapeze tells the story of Corey Ryder a seventeen-year old Trapeze artist, who after a tragic accident must ditch her leotard in exchange for a normal high school experience. From just the synopsis alone, I was intrigued, and I was getting some serious The Greatest Showman vibes. The story begins on opening night at the circus, and we get to delve into Corey’s life as a trapeze artist. I found that this was a refreshing change to a lot of YA contemporaries, and despite the circus not being the main setting. It is clear that her heart belongs to the circus. 
I enjoyed reading about all the main characters. And, can I just go to Sherwood High to meet these characters? 
- Corey. Corey is our protagonist, throughout the novel she is adjusting to life outside the circus tent. I found that she was a very real and grounded protagonist, and some of her struggles throughout the book were very relatable. - Luke. Luke is the first person Corey meets at Sherwood. Out of all the characters he's probably the most cliché. He’s popular, good looking and is a straight-A student. However, he’s mysterious and has a secret, which unravels throughout the book.- Kim and George. These two are probably some of my all-time favourite best friends in YA contemporary novels. While the focus of the novel isn’t on them, I found their friendship incredibly sweet and relatable. Could we please get a prequel or sequel just focusing on them? 
- Claire. Claire was the character I most expected to fall into the cliché popular girl stereotype. So, it was a breath of fresh air when we find out that she’s genuinely nice. I loved reading about her, I only wish that there was more time dedicated to her ‘reveal’ towards the end of the book.
I really enjoyed the story, and I felt that some subplots were done very well, some of the more sensitive topics mentioned were handled with great care. However, I would’ve liked there to have been more of a focus on the relationship between Corey and her mum. Additionally, I think due to the prominence of some subplots, quite a few things were mentioned in passing, without any real repercussions. 
Overall, I’d give this book 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed thepremise and the story. I found the characters really enjoyable, and I’d love to meet them all in real life! I’ll definitely be keeping out for more books by Leigh Ansell in the future!
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based on an ARC of Trapeze which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Wattpad Books).Maybe some Wattpad novels should stay on Wattpad… This isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. I’ve read books not published via Wattpad, books from notable publishers, that are way worse. I did make it through the entirety of this one (barely), so that speaks for its being at least somewhat bearable. However the story comes across extremely amateurish. (Of course, it’s easy for me to This review is based on an ARC of Trapeze which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Wattpad Books).Maybe some Wattpad novels should stay on Wattpad… This isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. I’ve read books not published via Wattpad, books from notable publishers, that are way worse. I did make it through the entirety of this one (barely), so that speaks for its being at least somewhat bearable. However the story comes across extremely amateurish. (Of course, it’s easy for me to talk such big talk when I’m just a nobody critiquing somebody’s creative work. I get that. And I apologize if I sound harsh.) My problem(s) wasn’t even with the prose, voice, characters, or simplicity of the story. My problem with Trapeze is that so much of it just didn’t make sense. Below I have provided a compiled list of queries, concerns, and general annoyances of this fiction. (Note: List is not exhaustive.)—The girl on the cover is doing silks, not trapeze. Big oof. —“dull brown hair” (emphasis on the “dull”), because what other hair colors could a Wattpad heroine have?—“not a normal girl”, because what Wattpad heroine with “dull brown hair” is normal?—For some reason, there’s inexplicable drama between the different aerialists at the circus??? Even though you've worked together for goodness knows how long and should at least have a professional tolerance towards each other??—I really really really don’t get why she was even put in high school, honestly. If there was a system at the circus (sort of) figured out for minors to learn to drive and get their licenses, and a version of homeschooling going on, why didn’t Corey just take her GED? Why hadn’t she tried already? You can’t just… not go to school in America. There are laws against that. —And also why, when she was put in public high school, was she put in Precalculus? I had fairly decent math grades and I never even had to do any Precalc, so what gives?—The tutoring? Yeah, called that. —Also, the teacher wrote “See me” on her paper and she never did that. Oopsie?—She claims to be “best friends” with Kim and George even though they never go out, or text, or call, or really do anything besides have lunch together, which is mostly on Kim, which I also can’t trust as genuine friendship after all Kim said about being Student Body President and what that requires of her in terms of socializing with the Student Body. —Corey never seemed genuinely upset about her passion and livelihood being ripped out from under her without warning. Even though she said how upset she was, she never showed it in any way. —(view spoiler)[Why was Dave—and the rest of the circus for that matter—so keen on her staying in school and being normal? Surely he realizes that trapeze is her passion and she is great at it. Outside of the circus, there aren’t too many opportunities to make a career of the trapeze. So why do they all want to shun her away from her calling for a chance at a “normal” life? (hide spoiler)]—What’s wrong with being a “circus freak”? I would be living for that title. —(view spoiler)[One of Corey’s “friend’s” parents paid for the reopening of the circus? And this was saved until the climax because…? Yeah, that’s realistic. (hide spoiler)]—I don’t think that the author knows the difference between foreshadowing and bashing the reader over the head repeatedly with glaring neon signs. For future reference, this makes readers feel like they’re being called dumb and it’s not a nice feeling or one you really should aim to evoke. So, in the end, I didn't give up entirely on this story, which keeps it at two stars. A generous two stars, mind you. Don't get me wrong, tons of people will enjoy this and love it and revel in the cutesy contemporary love story meeting the underappreciated topic of the circus. I am not one of these people.
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  • Born To Read
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Mystique circus in in town. And Corey is part of it. She is a trapeze acrobat. But due to a tragedy, she has to stay in California with her mom. And she has never seen her! She must attend high school and there she meets another teenagers.And I can't say anything else. Because I couldn't finish the book. I tried. And I tried. And then I tried some more. For six day. But it was impossible. In my opinion, it was boring and it wa I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Mystique circus in in town. And Corey is part of it. She is a trapeze acrobat. But due to a tragedy, she has to stay in California with her mom. And she has never seen her! She must attend high school and there she meets another teenagers.And I can't say anything else. Because I couldn't finish the book. I tried. And I tried. And then I tried some more. For six day. But it was impossible. In my opinion, it was boring and it was dragging on. After 200 pages nothing had happened!
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  • Jade - theelderbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Summer is coming, and so are summer reads ! Contemporaries are my to-go genre for the summer, and when I saw Trapeze on Netgalley, I thought it would be a great read for the beginning of June.First of all, this is a Wattpad book. I used to love Wattpad before so many kids used it ! There were a lot of amazing stories, especially romances, and they were pretty cool to read. I'm sure there are still some around, but they're drowning in horribly written fanfictions now... Anyway, I'm super happy Wa Summer is coming, and so are summer reads ! Contemporaries are my to-go genre for the summer, and when I saw Trapeze on Netgalley, I thought it would be a great read for the beginning of June.First of all, this is a Wattpad book. I used to love Wattpad before so many kids used it ! There were a lot of amazing stories, especially romances, and they were pretty cool to read. I'm sure there are still some around, but they're drowning in horribly written fanfictions now... Anyway, I'm super happy Wattpad one day got the idea of creating a publishing house for the gems on its website. Some books there really deserved the love, and it's great the group is helping those stories get into the world in a more professional way.As all teenage romances, Trapeze has a few clichés in it : Corey is the outsider, the "weirdo" and Luke, main love interest is the popular guy with a secret. Family relationships aren't great and drama is never too far, and the "villain" of the story was pretty easy to figure out.That being said, I must admit a few things surprised me, especially towards the end, and this is why I liked the story. There are some clichés, but everything is not one, and the author still tried to make a few things realistic regarding Corey and Luke.Moreover, the characters are really likeable, and I found myself rooting for both MCs, but also some background characters, such as Kim and George, two of Corey's friends (that could definitely be more present by the way, they're nice !)I wouldn't say this is a spectacular book, but it's a nice cute beach read that I thoroughly enjoyed !
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Do you know how it feels when you find a book that you just connect with from the first page? That is the feeling that I had while reading this book. I grew up from age 6-24 learning the aerial arts so I immediately knew the passion and dedication that goes into the circus. The way this author was able to really mold Corey into a graceful,driven, and independent teenager was amazing.After tragedy strikes the circus that she calls home, Corey is sent to live with a women who she hasn’t seen or he Do you know how it feels when you find a book that you just connect with from the first page? That is the feeling that I had while reading this book. I grew up from age 6-24 learning the aerial arts so I immediately knew the passion and dedication that goes into the circus. The way this author was able to really mold Corey into a graceful,driven, and independent teenager was amazing.After tragedy strikes the circus that she calls home, Corey is sent to live with a women who she hasn’t seen or heard from since she was two...her mother. I loved seeing the dynamic between her mother and build into something that resembled a family as the book went on. I also loved that the author didn’t shy away from the awkwardness, but embraced it. Almost all of the characters were very well rounded and possessed kindness and sometimes cruelty which made this a very interesting read! I loved that I was always expecting the book to go one way but was thrown for a loop when something else happened. In the end, I might not have gotten the ending I wanted, but I think it’s one that needed to be written. This book was such a quick read that I felt like I was devouring each page! If you want something that will keep you guessing what will happen next and what outcome will this decision have; then please read this book! This is a book that I will definitely be purchasing when it is released to add to my school’s library!***I received a free copy of this ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. This book was a super quick but super enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the characters and how they progressed throughout the story. My main issue was that, for a book called Trapeze, there wasn’t very much trapeze in it. I wished there was more about Corey missing it when she wasn’t doing it or even trying to find ways to practice. For something that was her whole world for 15 years, to have her not even think about it after a month I was given a netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. This book was a super quick but super enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the characters and how they progressed throughout the story. My main issue was that, for a book called Trapeze, there wasn’t very much trapeze in it. I wished there was more about Corey missing it when she wasn’t doing it or even trying to find ways to practice. For something that was her whole world for 15 years, to have her not even think about it after a month seemed a little out of character. I thought the Luke storyline was also well done and his character seemed morphed by his experiences. (I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say what) I think it was true to life the way he dealt with things and I liked that. Overall it was a really good read that I would recommend to those wanting something soft and easy.
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  • Emma Kiely
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.Honestly this book was hands down one of my favourite reads so far this year.I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and amazing description.I quite literally could not put this book down it was so good!I loved the characters and the whole circus element made it even more interesting and magical.Both main characters come from broken family backgrounds and honestly lukes story broke my heart!A thrilling read t I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.Honestly this book was hands down one of my favourite reads so far this year.I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and amazing description.I quite literally could not put this book down it was so good!I loved the characters and the whole circus element made it even more interesting and magical.Both main characters come from broken family backgrounds and honestly lukes story broke my heart!A thrilling read that kept me engaged the whole way through.It was such a cute romance I can’t say enough how much I loved these characters.Well deserved 5 stars.4 stars
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  • Marie Clarisse
    January 1, 1970
    "They say time is a circus, always packing up and moving away." The author of this story has writing skills so incredible, they could put a lot of professional novelists to shame. It's not everyday that you get to come across a tale that catches your attention with the very first sentence (quoted above.) The beginning was beautiful, the ending was beautiful. Most of the stuff in between was a little too dull for my liking. Oh well, I guess I should just stick to full-time circus books. Almost "They say time is a circus, always packing up and moving away." The author of this story has writing skills so incredible, they could put a lot of professional novelists to shame. It's not everyday that you get to come across a tale that catches your attention with the very first sentence (quoted above.) The beginning was beautiful, the ending was beautiful. Most of the stuff in between was a little too dull for my liking. Oh well, I guess I should just stick to full-time circus books. Almost the entirety of Trapeze was set in High School like most contemporary YA romances do. Putting this into consideration, I'd have to say that though the main concept of this story was actually original, most of the events that built up the plot weren't.
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. A stunning debut! Leigh Ansell's writing is smooth, effortlessly honest and full of life. The good, the bad, the in-between. If you're a fan of Morgan Matson, Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen, you'll likely want to keep Leigh Ansell on your radar. Trust me on this one: we're going Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. A stunning debut! Leigh Ansell's writing is smooth, effortlessly honest and full of life. The good, the bad, the in-between. If you're a fan of Morgan Matson, Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen, you'll likely want to keep Leigh Ansell on your radar. Trust me on this one: we're going to hear plenty from her in the future. Compelling and emotionally charged, Trapeze is primarily about moving forward and all of life's changes. Sprinkle in smalltown life and circus elements, it is a different spin on the more common coming of age stories I've read as of late. And as with most coming of age stories, Ansell tackles multiple topics such as grief, violence and abuse, bullying and more. Trapeze takes these topics and explores them with grace, never once sounding like an after-school special. Our protagonist is the shining star of Trapeze and this fact becomes clear almost instantly. I find that the story speaks for itself however it wouldn't succeed half as much without Corey. Corey is the perfect main character; flawed, heartfelt and captivating. In short? Corey feels real and I'd grown very attached to her in the course of Trapeze--I think many readers, too, will feel the same. Fortunately, the other characters featured within Trapeze are just as compelling and likable as Corey. Each stand out in their own right and defy the archetypes that we might have set up for them in our minds. Trapeze toes the line between being a plot-driven contemporary and a character driven one, easing us into the thick of things beautifully. I found myself often thinking that these are the types of characters I'd have loved as a teenager--they felt like friends. In short, I really enjoyed reading this one. While I felt it had its share of flaws (issues re: things not quite being explained and other subplots that just didn't make sense in context or otherwise) that are worth noting, there was something unforgettable about this book. It has a lot of heart, where so many of its contemporaries don't. Trapeze was a fantastic read and an eye-catching debut--and it should be at the top of your autumn TBR! If you're looking to ease yourself into the cooler weather this fall, this will likely hit the spot and give you all the warm and fuzzies you need. After all, what's better than a cup of your favourite hot beverage and a sweetened contemporary romance?
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsCorey had been traveling with her aunt's circus for practically her whole life, but when a fire ravaged the big top, her future as an up and coming trapeze artist was put on hold, and she was forced to settle down with her estranged mother. Faced with so many new and intimidating situations, Corey pushed on as she awaited the fate of future with the circus. • Pro: I absolutely loved the premise of this story. I am always up for a good fish-out-of-water tale, and having someone f Rating: 3.5 StarsCorey had been traveling with her aunt's circus for practically her whole life, but when a fire ravaged the big top, her future as an up and coming trapeze artist was put on hold, and she was forced to settle down with her estranged mother. Faced with so many new and intimidating situations, Corey pushed on as she awaited the fate of future with the circus. • Pro: I absolutely loved the premise of this story. I am always up for a good fish-out-of-water tale, and having someone from a traveling circus settle down in one place was something I was interested in learning more about. • Pro: I was captivated by all the trapeze portions of the book. The author's appreciation of the art form was obvious, and I thought she did an impressive job pulling me into that world and helping me see the beauty these artistic athletes create. I actually wish there was more of this, because it was one of my favorite parts of this book. • Pro: I was so happy with the group of friends Corey found outside of the circus. Kim, George, and Luke were all fantastic, and I enjoyed seeing their friendships grow. • Pro: I was especially fond of Luke. I shipped these two from their first meeting in the diner. He was just as closed up as Corey, so it was gratifying to see them learn to share more of themselves, even the ugly parts, with others. I was really please with the direction Ansell took his story, even if it didn't go exactly how I had wished. • Pro/Con: I had such a love/hate relationship with that ending. There were way more positive things than negative things, and I was very grateful for the vast number of plot lines Ansell tied up, but she left a few things a little murky, and it basically made my heart ache. I am known for needing really definitive endings, though, and I do believe others would be ok with it. • Pro: Corey was a great protagonist. I found myself immediately invested in her story and was torn between wanting her to embrace her new life and wishing she could return to her life on the road. Her struggle with assimilating, catching up, trying to open up to others, and battling her loneliness had me turning the pages, which was a good indication, that I cared. An interesting fish-out-of-water story, which captivated me with the high flying routines and captured my heart with its exploration of complicated family dynamics, friendship, and romance. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Kajree Gautom
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to read this book since I enjoyed the story on Wattpad. Well, reading it now, I did find it a little stupid though. I loved the beginning of this book. The author's starting line was hooking and engaging and had a great punch. The first few chapters flew off really well, as we get to see the characters and learn about them. I also enjoyed the whole setting of the circus and how disaster struck so soon. The story was basically very predictable though. I enjoyed seeing the che I was really excited to read this book since I enjoyed the story on Wattpad. Well, reading it now, I did find it a little stupid though. I loved the beginning of this book. The author's starting line was hooking and engaging and had a great punch. The first few chapters flew off really well, as we get to see the characters and learn about them. I also enjoyed the whole setting of the circus and how disaster struck so soon. The story was basically very predictable though. I enjoyed seeing the chemistry between our love interests and how friendships were formed, I really enjoyed that. But at the same time, I wish there was more of the circus and the lights and glamour. I found the story basically the MC complaining about not being in the circus, worrying about people finding out about her truth and also wanting to be in love. Haha. It just didn't jell well. Well, towards the middle, I lost interest in the story. It got boring and monotonous, the author trying to forcefully add twists to the story. I felt like a few scenes could've been well removed and the story would've been still great. Apart from this though, I enjoyed this book. The ending was predictable but beautiful. It was lovely and a sweet contemporary romance if you're looking for light summer reads. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the e-arc of this book. All opinions expressed are fully mine.
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  • Alissa H.
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review!Review to come!
  • Sumaiya Ahmed
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW: https://wordsunfilteredbys.wordpress....I literally finished reading it about an hour ago and I’m just sitting in awe. I loved this book. It was phenomenal and so, so well written. I did notice some changes from the Wattpad version and if anything, it got even better. Leigh’s writing has always been amazing but it’s only improved over the years, and this version of it is marvelous, honestly. When I finished reading it, I knew that this is a book I will be raving about to all my frie FULL REVIEW: https://wordsunfilteredbys.wordpress....I literally finished reading it about an hour ago and I’m just sitting in awe. I loved this book. It was phenomenal and so, so well written. I did notice some changes from the Wattpad version and if anything, it got even better. Leigh’s writing has always been amazing but it’s only improved over the years, and this version of it is marvelous, honestly. When I finished reading it, I knew that this is a book I will be raving about to all my friends. It touches on the things we try to push away, making us realise that sometimes the cycle we’re in isn’t always right and it isn’t something we should be used to. It makes the reader realise that when seeing something — when finally seeing beneath the surface and the mask someone puts up — that is so awful and harrowing, there needs to be something done about it.In some ways, it was reminiscent of Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. I won’t say why. But the latter half of Trapeze really reminded me of that particular book.Trapeze is a book that has always stood out amongst other Wattpaders, and this version is no exception.
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  • Sahar
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I greatly appreciate.Trapeze had a really great premise. The idea of a teenage trapeze artist who then gets dropped into a high school after being homeschooled all her life (much like in Mean Girls) is a really interesting plot. Unfortunately, the book doesn't seem to quite know what to do with a really interesting character like Corey. Corey reacts to situations in such interesting ways. She's very street smart but I received an ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I greatly appreciate.Trapeze had a really great premise. The idea of a teenage trapeze artist who then gets dropped into a high school after being homeschooled all her life (much like in Mean Girls) is a really interesting plot. Unfortunately, the book doesn't seem to quite know what to do with a really interesting character like Corey. Corey reacts to situations in such interesting ways. She's very street smart but doesn't behave like a normal teenager because she never had a chance to be one. I really liked Corey as a narrator. I also liked the way the main romance played out, it was a nice twist for a ya romance. At points in the story, it seems like Corey's going to develop more as a character, but at the end of the novel, it doesn't seem like all that much has changed for her. On the subject of the ending, it seems a tad unrealistic in my opinion. It's very anti-climatic, I would recommend this book for people looking for a young adult novel that has a fish-out-of-water storyline, as well as to people who want a book with some representation (there are people of color and at least one LBGTQA+ character mentioned in the book). However, the representation isn't the focus. Here's one of my concerns with the book. There were no trigger warnings at the beginning, and there were graphic depictions of abuse of one of the main characters. I know trigger warnings are controversial with many people because they find it "spoiler-y" but I think general warnings are necessary, and this book definitely warranted them. Another qualm I have is that for a book name Trapeze, I would have appreciated more circus scenes. And more development of the characters in the circus, aside from Corey.I would actually rate this book 3.5 stars, but that's not an option on Goodreads, so 3 stars it is.
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  • Estee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI love the idea of a circus setting. Circus life intrigues me! However, majority of this book does not take place in a circus or on a trapeze. It starts off that way, but it quickly becomes a novel about a teen girl in high school.Unfortunately because of the 'negative stigma' surrounding circus performers, Corey was quick to hide everything that made her different..so what made Corey quirky and different was quickly lost. Although this book was easy to read, I felt like some things wer 2.5 starsI love the idea of a circus setting. Circus life intrigues me! However, majority of this book does not take place in a circus or on a trapeze. It starts off that way, but it quickly becomes a novel about a teen girl in high school.Unfortunately because of the 'negative stigma' surrounding circus performers, Corey was quick to hide everything that made her different..so what made Corey quirky and different was quickly lost. Although this book was easy to read, I felt like some things were unexplained and others were not believable. I also wished that there was more emphasis on the time Corey and her mother spent together reestablishing their relationship. I felt like this was a promising book that ended up being just ok. Thank you to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for providing an advance copy of this book.
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  • Jessica Smith
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Wattpad Books, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Corey has been with Cirque Mistique since she was two years old. It's all she's ever known, and she's fine with that. She has a family in the rest of the circus crew as well as her Aunt Shelby. She's part of the trapeze team and loves every second of the gruelling training that Silv You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Wattpad Books, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Corey has been with Cirque Mistique since she was two years old. It's all she's ever known, and she's fine with that. She has a family in the rest of the circus crew as well as her Aunt Shelby. She's part of the trapeze team and loves every second of the gruelling training that Silver puts her through. When they roll into Sherwood, it's just another stop on a map filled with pins, however, this stop will change the entire circus' future and none of them know it. After an accident on opening night, Corey is soon thrust into the real world where she is sent to live with the mother she hasn't seen in fifteen years, who she's knows nothing about and hasn't even spoken to. Now she finds herself having to navigate a life that seemed to be part of another world, a world she's never lived in. She must make her way through high school, making friends, first love and the awkwardness of her home life. Feeling more scared of this than having her body suspended above a crowd by a piece of rope and wood, can she do it? A young adult contemporary story about growth, learning and making tough decisions, Trapeze was a really enjoyable read. I've discovered that I really enjoy reading these kinds of books where as I never would have even looked twice at them even 18 months ago. The first thing that drew me in was that cover, can we please just take a moment to bask in how beautiful it is?! I know, I know, the book is called Trapeze and the girl on the cover is clearly doing aerial silks, but that's beside the point. There are aerial silk artists in the circus so it's not entirely out of left field, it just doesn't exactly fit with the title. But still. It's so freaking pretty! When I first started the story, I couldn't help but be incredibly annoyed by Corey, our main character. It's a ritual for her at each new town to wander off and have a meal in the first restaurant that she comes across, this meal generally dictates how opening night will fare. If the meal is good, the night is good, if the meal is poor, well, so is opening night. She finds herself in a diner called Joe's, having a conversation with a local boy, Luke Everette. When he asks about her, she has no problem gushing at how she's an exotic trapeze artist with the travelling circus and basically talking herself up to no end. I understand being proud of your achievements and being proud of what you do, but this was bordering on arrogant boasting. So I didn't like her for about the first quarter of the book. She's a very caring character, and this is illustrated as the story progresses, so if you find yourself being irritated by her at first, I implore you to persist because she does get better. It takes the accident for us to get a look behind the mask she so carefully wears, we get to see the insecurities, the worry, and the anxiety that she has when she thrust into something that she's never had to deal with before, namely, life. I know a few people said in other reviews that I read that they thought the circus and trapeze would be a big central part of the story, it's because of these review that I went into the book knowing that for the most of it, that wasn't the case, so I think I enjoyed it a lot more having known that. Yes the circus and trapeze is a big part of Corey's life, but it's not really at the forefront of the story, this story is about a girl just trying to get through a situation that left her feeling lost. The supporting characters were great too, I loved Luke's character and how much depth there was to him, I also enjoyed Kim and George and even Claire to a degree. All the characters were written really well, distinctively different from one another. I love how Ansell put a lot of focus on the strained relationship between Corey and her mother. I enjoyed that it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies from the minute they met again after fifteen years, because we all know that's not entirely believable. The relationship that Ansell created here was written beautifully and executed really well. This book isn't as light as it may seem, it does deal with some pretty heavy issues in the form of (view spoiler)[abuse, and miscarriage (hide spoiler)]. But it deals with these issues so well. I had worked out early on what was going on with something, but that's neither here nor there really, it was still a great addition to the story and really added another dimension to it. The story itself was good, it was well thought out and executed and even had a dash of mystery thrown in which I thought was absolutely great. One of the biggest things I loved about this story was (view spoiler)[ that everything didn't end up fairy tale perfect (hide spoiler)] decisions were made and things happened and it really worked for the story, if it had have gone the other way, I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much when I put it down finished. All in all, a wonderfully written debut by a promising author. I can't wait to pick up the next book!!
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  • Kelly Parker
    January 1, 1970
    SPOILERS BELOWI decided to check out Trapeze by Leigh Ansell because I’m a fan of YA fiction and was intrigued about the life of a teenager in the circus.Well, too bad for me that life in the circus was hardly covered; the author gave some very rudimentary exposition that anyone with a Google search could find, and the parts of the book where Corey was actually IN the circus were very short anyway.Apart from that, there were other things that rubbed me the wrong way:To start off – it’s known fro SPOILERS BELOWI decided to check out Trapeze by Leigh Ansell because I’m a fan of YA fiction and was intrigued about the life of a teenager in the circus.Well, too bad for me that life in the circus was hardly covered; the author gave some very rudimentary exposition that anyone with a Google search could find, and the parts of the book where Corey was actually IN the circus were very short anyway.Apart from that, there were other things that rubbed me the wrong way:To start off – it’s known from the beginning that Corey is cared for by her aunt and uncle, and that mom isn’t in the picture. Eventually, it’s revealed that her mom got pregnant with Corey as a wild teenager, and was a train wreck who got messed up in drugs. Her aunt eventually intervened by bringing Corey with her on the road, and introducing her to circus life. This had me wondering: how was the TRAVELING CIRCUS the most stable environment for a toddler? What about her grandparents?! They were involved enough to help her mom get clean and put her life back together but had nothing to do with their grandchild? And after her mom got straightened out, and back on track, she still didn’t contact her daughter for FIFTEEN YEARS?? Not even a birthday card? Corey’s aunt even mentioned that her mom was the reason the circus kept circling back to that same area in California; so all that time, nobody ever mentioned, say, meeting for lunch? I wasn’t buying it. It seemed like lazy writing to me. If you want to have a girl grow up in the circus, fine. But come up with a plausible back story. And once disaster struck the circus, Aunt Shelby sure wasted no time dropping Corey off with her mother - a woman she doesn’t know at all – sending her away from everything and everybody she knows. Come on. She has raised Corey for almost her ENTIRE life and then, she drops her off in the middle of the road to meet a virtual stranger? I hope she at least came to a complete stop before having her get out of the car. And then she didn’t even go visit…some aunt she turned out to be. Again, another example of writing that is just looking to get from point A to point B without paying attention to details – like character development.Another biggie – the author has written a YA book, but does not seem to know teenagers. Their conversations and interactions just don’t ring true. The “party scene” read like it was researched from watching 1980’s John Hughes’ movies – stereotyped and outdated. And do teenagers really go around saying, “He’s the most popular guy in school”? Maybe. But not the ones I know. Also, silly things, like Kim mentioning they’re going to be late by telling her friends, “We better get going…Physics is way across campus.” Yeah. They go to that school; they probably already know that. And speaking of school – it sounded like Corey never had any formal schooling prior to be dropped off at her mom’s. So…nobody cared that there are no school records to speak of? No placement exams or anything? Just show up in pre-calc- you’ll be fine!Anybody who spends any time at all with a teenager knows they don’t go ANYWHERE without their phones and that they check them about as often as they blink. To expect Corey to discover that everybody knows about her blown cover by showing up at school and seeing her classmates’ reactions is ridiculous. And for Luke’s dad to freak out because Luke and Corey are gone and he has no idea where they went?? Uh, why didn’t he just call Luke? Or text him? Or use Find Friends like the rest of the planet? If you want to write about teenagers, but not include how their ENTIRE EXISTENCE in inundated with technology, set it in 1998.The gist of the book was Corey being a fish out of water and having to fit in to a world she is completely unfamiliar with. That’s a universal teenage topic; everybody has felt like that at some point and that’s why it’s a theme that never gets old. But I don’t think the author needed to include so many other “important issues” – teenage pregnancy, bullying, child abuse, teenagers afraid to come out. Seriously, I think just about every After School Special topic was covered. Everything was tied up nice and neat - the evil dad is going to prison, the circus is back up and running due to an outrageously generous gift from an outrageously generous benefactor, and Corey is still probably going to end up with the adoring guy that she ignored for months. It was all a little too convenient for me, but whatever. Some people love those happily ever after endings.And one last little thing: Corey’s mom is described as the “youngest” of two sisters. If there are only two, she would be the “younger.” Nitpicky, yes, but isn’t that kind of thing someone’s job to fix?Okay, so this review is a little harsh. But it’s because I tuly think teenage readers (and adults who love YA books) deserve better. There are YA writers who get it right. This book didn’t. If you want to write about teenagers, for teenagers, get to know them first. Thank you, Netgalley, for giving me an advanced reading copy of this book.
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  • Bunny21
    January 1, 1970
    I dabble into YA fiction from time to time because I like to try it for my teenage stepdaughters. I have found some real gems that I really enjoyed and with its background in the circus I was sure this would be one I would enjoy.Corey is a teenager sigh a slightly unusual life in the circus Mystique. Estranged from her birth mother, Corey has been brought up her Aunt Shelby and trained as a trapeze artist. Now 17, Corey dreams of becoming the lead artist on trapeze and a lifelong career with the I dabble into YA fiction from time to time because I like to try it for my teenage stepdaughters. I have found some real gems that I really enjoyed and with its background in the circus I was sure this would be one I would enjoy.Corey is a teenager sigh a slightly unusual life in the circus Mystique. Estranged from her birth mother, Corey has been brought up her Aunt Shelby and trained as a trapeze artist. Now 17, Corey dreams of becoming the lead artist on trapeze and a lifelong career with the company. However, one fateful night in a town called Sherwood a terrible fire changes Corey’s future completely. Mystique are ruined and Aunt Shelby can’t give her a home anymore. The police are suspicious about the cause of the fire and so many performers are injured there is no way forward. Corey is forced to reunite with her estranged mother who happens to live in Sherwood. Now she is like every other teenager, going to school every day and living in the suburbs. How will Corey adjust to this new way of living and will she ever build a relationship with her birth mother?Family is a major part of the novel and I enjoyed the way the author subverted the usual ideas around the best way to bring up children. Hazel, Corey’s mother, could not offer her the stable family she needed. Everything we think is wrong for children has been Corey’s norm: the travelling lifestyle, minimal schooling, living in a caravan and performing every night. The instability of the circus has been her constant so any disruption of that, even for a more ‘normal’ environment, is going to have an impact. The author illustrates this best when Corey first goes to Hazel’s house. In contrast to the colourful, cramped surroundings of the circus, Corey’s new home feels vast, cold and sterile. Her bedroom is very white with nothing out of place. Corey yearns for the cramped trailer, her glittery costumes and the sound of other voices. Hazel and Aunt Shelby may be sisters but their characters seem to match their decor; Aunt Shelby is warm and welcoming whereas Hazel feels quite austere at first.School is another hurdle and contrasts sharply with the bits of schooling she’s had previously. Corey feels out of her depth, emotionally and intellectually. The new classmates she meets are friendly but she also faces discrimination and scrutiny. The fire is front page news and Corey is horrified to hear how some classmates talk about her circus friends, accusing them of vandalising a new housing estate and speculating on who started the fire. However, she does befriend Luke, and they form a relationship that gives Corey more stability in this new world. While she is struggling to bring her school work up to standard and improve her relationship with her Mum, Luke feels like a constant. The book does focus in on their romance and how it impacts on their respective families. While reading I wondered whether Corey would become so involved with Luke and Sherwood that the circus and her talent as a performer we would be lost.I was glad to see that the author chose not to go for the saccharin happy ending, not everything is tied up neatly. I think it’s important for YA fiction that endings are more realistic and not hearts and flowers. I imagine the original format of the novel made it difficult to come to a conclusion - the book was serialised on WattPad before publication and readers would have been heavily invested in certain characters and subplots so pleasing everyone would be difficult. I think Corey is such a sympathetic character that it’s hard not to root for her and I was wishing for an ending where she can get back to her true love, the circus. The lesson that not everyone is cut out for a conventional lifestyle was something teenagers need to hear. It’s ok to follow a different path and do what you love.I received a proof copy of the novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carin
    January 1, 1970
    I'd never read a crowd-sourced book before, and I wasn't sure how it would be. This book is being published by Wattpad, the app where writers can upload manuscript and readers can read, comment, and review them. Wattpad has decided to publish in print the books that are the cream of the crop. I think it's great that for their first list, all of the books are Young Adult. As much as editors try desperately to keep their thumb on the pulse of the zeitgeist, teens also want desperately to keep adul I'd never read a crowd-sourced book before, and I wasn't sure how it would be. This book is being published by Wattpad, the app where writers can upload manuscript and readers can read, comment, and review them. Wattpad has decided to publish in print the books that are the cream of the crop. I think it's great that for their first list, all of the books are Young Adult. As much as editors try desperately to keep their thumb on the pulse of the zeitgeist, teens also want desperately to keep adults out. Not to mention, the trends and needs just change so darn fast. I think YA books in particular can really benefit from the readers telling us publishers what they want to read, instead of the other way around.This book took several twists I wasn't expecting. It starts out with Corey doing her usual pre-show routine in a new town: heading to the closest restaurant for dinner. if the food is good, the show goes well. The show meaning, the circus, where she's in the trapeze act. Until Sherwood, California. She meets a cute boy at the restaurant, he highly recommends the fries and he's right--they're amazing. and things seem to be heading towards amazing with the lead trapeze artist promoting Corey into the lead position for the first time, but in the middle of their act, the worst thing happens: fire.Stop reading now if you don't want some minor spoilers. But I do need to tell you a little more to really explain the book. Because at this point, I was thinking the book was Water for Elephants meets The Circus Fire for teens, but it completely stops being about the circus or the fire at this point. Corey's aunt, who owns the circus, has been raising her since Corey's own mom, who was a teen when she had Corey, was a hot mess when she was a baby. Turns out her mom lives in Sherwood and has gotten her act together. While the investigation happens and various people are hospitalized and the circus itself doesn't have the funds to repair, let alone move on, they're stuck here for now. And it's best for Corey to go live with the mom she's never known. So she'll be attending the local high school (with the cute guy who likes French fries) and she SO doesn't want anyone to know she's from the circus, although her spotty education up to this point might out her. Turns out the cute boy is in her Precal class and is great at math and can tutor her.At this point I was expecting just a traditional teen romance, but things took yet another turn or two! There's a lot more meat on the bone of this book than I had expected, and I really appreciated that. I do wish Corey had checked in more with the circus and her friends and family there, as it felt very cut off from the beginning of the book and like she didn't care about the circus, but I'm choosing to interpret that as simply her being too overwhelmed by her circumstances, and the natural self-centeredness of teens developmentally. It does circle back around at the end. The book is melodramatic in all the best ways for teens, pretty darn clean in terms of sex (but there is excessive drinking and some violence), and certainly unique in storyline and background. I think teens will eat it up. And that cover is just gorgeous!
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  • Roo
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn’t at all what I expected going in. I was thinking it would be a typical sweet and cozy contemporary love story with some thoughtful bits in it, basically a happy pill in the form of a book. But I was wrong, but I was wrong in the best way possible.Trapeze is a contemporary coming of age story with a surprising amount of depth and darkness to it. It’s a nice balance between the classic contemporary cute romance element and the more serious parts of living in a small town where ever This book wasn’t at all what I expected going in. I was thinking it would be a typical sweet and cozy contemporary love story with some thoughtful bits in it, basically a happy pill in the form of a book. But I was wrong, but I was wrong in the best way possible.Trapeze is a contemporary coming of age story with a surprising amount of depth and darkness to it. It’s a nice balance between the classic contemporary cute romance element and the more serious parts of living in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It’s about what choices we make that defines us as human being and that we’re all flawed in some way. Corey is a trouper after everything she’s gone through and I would have loved to get to know her a bit better. Even though the story is about her having to find her place in a “normal” world there’s not really that much to her that doesn’t directly connects to the people around her to push the story forward. Don’t get me wrong, I like Luke, Kim and George, but I left the book feeling that I didn’t get the chance to know Corey as much as I would have liked. Maybe it’s just how I am as a person but to me the ability to go deeper into a character and their feelings and experiences is what makes books worth reading. A book is only as good as it characters, which luckily for Trapeze is not a problem but like I said I would have liked more “alone time” with just Corey. Also I really liked Luke, he wasn’t the typical “he’s so dashing” but more that he felt like a real person and acted in a way someone would in his situation. He’s not a golden dream boy fantasy but a flawed boy trying to figure out life for his own and handle his demons. One thing that bothered me a bit was that sometimes the story jumped forward a bit to much and I felt a bit lost at it moved to much at ones, but it was not a really big thing that ruined the reading experience in any way. I also adores the ending, again not what I expected even for this kind of book but it left me with a satisfied feeling which is nice. Overall I would say it’s a really nice coming of age story which has it’s flaws here and there, but I became really invested in the story and the characters it housed. The “darkness” was a surprise, but in a nice way and took the book in a direction I didn’t expect it would going into it. Corey is a main character that I really liked, and I would love to live in this world and just be friends with this group of characters. So I’d definitely recommend the book, but beware that there are possibles triggers in the story as it has physical abuse mentions in it.***I got this for free from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you NetGalley!***
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  • Emmie (Oncemorewithreading)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Life on the road is all Corey Ryder has known. At seventeen years old she works at her aunt’s circus as a trainee trapeze artist. Being up in the air performing every night is what she loves to do and cannot imagine her life any other way. The circus is her home and its performers her family. The circus stops at Sherwood, California and to Corey it seems like nothing can go wrong especial Thank you to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Life on the road is all Corey Ryder has known. At seventeen years old she works at her aunt’s circus as a trainee trapeze artist. Being up in the air performing every night is what she loves to do and cannot imagine her life any other way. The circus is her home and its performers her family. The circus stops at Sherwood, California and to Corey it seems like nothing can go wrong especially when she is given the opportunity to be the lead trapeze artist for the performance. However, a rogue fire leaves her life in tatters and Corey is forced to leave the circus and revisit a part of her life which she’s been trying to forget. Corey is thrust back into her mother’s life and the two are exceptionally awkward around each other. Her mother is quick to enter Corey into high school and for Corey it’s a clear sign that this is her new home. There would be no more travelling, instead she would be cooped up in a house which her mother obsessively cleans and having to start fresh when all she really wants is to be back on the road with her true family. Corey is convinced she’ll never fit in to Sherwood and cannot wait for the moment that she can finally break free and return to life on the road. However, an unlikely romance blossoms between Corey and Luke Everett, the most popular boy in school, which has Corey second guessing leaving Sherwood. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it within a few hours! I was completely hooked from the synopsis and the book did not disappoint. The characters were well written and the universe that Leigh Ansell has created is phenomenal. I adored Corey and how strong she was through everything that happened in this book. She was thrown into a situation which was completely out of the norm for her but quickly adapted and found herself even wanting to achieve at school. Her relationship with Luke was adorable and I was rooting for them from their first meeting in Joe’s Diner. This book did touch on physical abuse and I’m impressed with how well Leigh Ansell wrote those scenes. Sometimes when you read books about abuse, trauma, mental illness the writer sometimes has trouble trying to make it realistic, but Leigh did a fantastic job of making it feel so real even when the matter was so dark. I do wish I could have seen more scenes of the circus life and more scenes of Corey and her mother trying to form a relationship after seventeen years. There wasn’t much dialogue between the two and I would have just liked to see the two sit down and have a proper conversation. Overall I really enjoyed this book and have given it a 5/5 stars. It’s such a quick but unique story about a young girl who is thrown into a situation that is so out of her element and how she deals with it. I really do recommend reading this and I cannot wait to pick up the final copy!
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  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *3.5 stars. This was a cute YA read with some stereotypical high school tropes while still having enough originality to be something fun and different. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I liked it just the same. Corey is a trapeze artist who gets ripped from her life following a fire at the circus she performs in. She winds up living in the town of Sherwood, California and attending the local high * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *3.5 stars. This was a cute YA read with some stereotypical high school tropes while still having enough originality to be something fun and different. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I liked it just the same. Corey is a trapeze artist who gets ripped from her life following a fire at the circus she performs in. She winds up living in the town of Sherwood, California and attending the local high school. This shift in her life is difficult and she finds herself in several new situations that she isn't quite sure how to respond to. It's a bit of a stumbling journey for her. I liked this book well enough, but in the end found a few things lacking for my own tastes. With the title of "Trapeze", I expected much more of the circus atmosphere, but that dissolved rather quickly and it was moved to the side as things swayed into more of a stereotypical high school YA novel. The writing was good, I will admit and I stayed fairly hooked with the narrative despite the movement away from the element that drew me to the book in the first place. The character of Corey was created well enough, with her personality fully displayed and her emotional journey well explored. However, the supporting characters felt a little flat to me and sometimes their character shifted in a way that felt unnatural to everything that had been developed so far in the story. This happened in particular with Luke and, on one notable occasion, with Kim. I needed more plot development on these side characters.In fact, the plot was where most of my issues stemmed. The pacing moved really well for about 2/3 of the book, but seemed to go completely out of whack for the last 1/3. It moved overly quickly and things tumbled together in a way that felt a little overly contrived. I wanted it to be a bit more convoluted and complex. And...as is oh so often my juggernaut, the ending just didn't suit my tastes. It was handled well enough and everything was more or less tidied up and explained without being overly perfect, but it just didn't sit right with me. I'm not sure what exactly I needed other than I needed more. Overall, a good and quick YA read. I just was left a little underwhelmed.
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