by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This is the first book I’ve read that wasn’t a picture book set in a circus. I’m not a circus fan won’t go to them. But that is a discussion for another time. I will go to Cirque De Soli that is amazing and I consider it more of an work of art and they are athletes. Harley was an acrobat as well and it reminded me of being behind the scenes at Cirque. Harley’s parents want more for her. They said she could train and join their act after she finishes college and has something to fall back on. That isn’t to much to ask in my opinion. But I also get why she didn’t want to go and waste time and money getting a degree she didn’t want. College isn’t for everyone and if you know what you want to do grab it! Harley knows she wants to train and become an act in her parents Vegas show. They have big fight and she leaves and joins the rival act that doesn’t treat their preformers right and are shady. I like how the author showed some shows treat their preformers right and other’s not so much. That is true with any job but I’m guessing more so in the preformance industry. Overall I really enjoyed Harley in the Sky and will get checking out the author’s other books. While the backdrop of the book is a Vegas show it was so much more. It was a book about a girl following her dreams, stumbling in life, picking herself back up, family both the good times and bad. This book had a lot of heart in it and I enjoyed reading it.
About the book:
Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day.
After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion and collaboration. But at the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.
Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Carolyn Lee Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become this serial-killer’s next trophy. After she’s able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.
Ruthless is one that I’ve had on my shelf for a while but hadn’t picked up till yesterday. I started to read and then I couldn’t stop. This was such a non stop action game of cat and mouse, that now I’m wondering what took me so long to read it!? If you are looking for a creepy fast read than grab a copy of Ruthless from your local library or bookstore. Ruth aka: Ruthless is a very driven girl who show’s horses. She isn’t out to make lots of friends she is out to win. She has had to grow up fast with the family she has and that has shaped her into who she is now. She doesn’t stop till she gets what she wants even if it means stepping on toes and sounding ruthless. She isn’t a popular girl and only has a few friends. Even they get the rough side treatment from Ruth from time to time. I really think she is scared to let people in, scared of getting hurt, but that just might be my thinking. Ruth’s world changes and her drive is what will help her in the end. She is kidnapped by a serial killer and she isn’t going down with out a fight. Her abductor has met his match. Ruthless is not only character driven and told from Ruth’s point of view but also very plot driven. The whole book takes place in the time frame of her abduction. I never really got a sense of how long she was taken but I think it was at least a week maybe a little less but more than a day or two. The author does an excellent job at placing you in the cabin and woods. I could visualize what I was reading and felt like I was there or watching it on the screen. This by the way would make a great tv movie. What I liked most about Ruthless was Ruth. I know she was not such a nice girl but we really didn’t get to see that since this takes place only in the present. The author does give us flashback glimpses into the serial killer abductors life to get an understanding of how and why he is like that. For me it didn’t make me feel bad for him. He was a mean, cruel, twisted guy that preyed on little girls. So I didn’t really like those parts. I did find the short time leading up to him taking Ruth more relevant since it let you see how he stalked and gathered information on her. That part was very creepy, and made my skin crawl. I think the flashbacks of him leading up to taking Ruth were important but everything else I could have done with out. This is a YA but not one I’d let my middle grade reader read at this time. I really think the content is mature and for me a YA high school level read.