Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

imageEighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows


I loved Girl on a Wire and was so excited to see that there was another book out by Gwenda Bond.  To be honest I’m not sure if this is a sequel or not, there are a lot of the same characters from Girl on a Wire and there is a lot of talk about the mysterious missing coin again so I guess you could chalk it up as a sequel.

I devoured the book rather quickly and fell back into the life of Cirque American.  Moira had to fight to be able to perform her magic and it comes with rather high consequences.  Dez did bother me to start with, he just rubbed me the wrong way, you can sense that he is hiding something but what isn’t found out for quite a while.  I did enjoy the story but it’s a slow build with not much action.  As Moira tried to discover who her mother is and just how her magic came about and how can be used safely is the theme of this book.  It does get a bit confusing in parts as so many people are looking for the coin and for their one purposes.  Plenty of secrets  and mystery to go around as well.

While I did enjoy it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Girl on a Wire.  Maybe it was hard to capture the magic of the first book.  It’s still a good story and easy to read.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars



Pre-order: Amazon

Pre-order: Amazon UK

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