Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby


Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.My mother is thrown backward.And she falls. Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tort...

Details Sleight

Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins Canada, Sky Pony Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts, Supernatural, Romance

Reviews Sleight

  • Kristen Burns
    3.5 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*I enjoyed this book. It was slow-paced without much action until the end, but it had a good mystery and some likeable characters.I really liked the main character, Geni. She was intelligent, mature, and just imperfect enough to be realistic. Her first thoughts in regards to the magical, dangerous book was that she wanted nothing to do with it (whic...
  • Rachel
    Gemma Flannery is used to living a life on the road. Traveling with the Cinzio Traveling Players Company involved just that. Traveling. But for the first time in Gemma’s life the show has decided not to leave town.Staying in one place and attending a regular high school is enough of a hurdle to overcome. Being gawked at or labeled a freak by the locals is nothing new for circus performers. But if her secret ever got out that she had the ability...
  • Chloe
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  • Helen Power
    What a book! Sleight captivated me from its first page, with a fairy tale-like prologue that introduces a unique mythology which, of course, proves to be essential to the plot of the story. Genevieve is a strong and relatable seventeen-year-old, and her witty repartee is refreshing. I wish all teenagers were this eloquent.I absolutely adore the setting of this novel. I’m sure nearly everyone had a point in their childhood where they wanted to r...
  • Rendz
  • Lisa Kilgariff
    Originally posted at http://baffledbooks.comWhile Jenn sent me a copy of Sleight for (the now cancelled) Indie Author Month, I will admit that I’d already bought a copy and was just waiting for an excuse to read and review it. After finishing Sleight, I don’t know why the hell I waited so long because it is perfect. There is so much to love and I don’t know what my favorite part is so I’m going to break it down:Characters: I loved how we ...
  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    I received an advance copy of Sleight to review from the author Jennifer Sommersby and was very excited to dig into this book. I love stories that have magic in them and I also love the circus setting.In a nutshell Gemma is grieving her mother's death when her whole life us upended. She soon comes to learn that her travelling circus life will stop that she has to attend a real high school and deal with all that comes with it. She is a very strong...
  • Britney
    I adored this book. It had everything that I love to read about--paranormal, romance, adventure, and strong female characters with great writing.A girl who grows up in the circus? And can see ghosts? I'm all in! At first I wasn't sure what to expect because I've never read a book that had a circus setting (even though people keep telling me I need to read Water for Elephants) and ghost stories can either work really well or not well at all. Sleig...
  • A Book Vacation
    Sommersby is a fabulous storyteller, roping in the reader in the very beginning through her pristine use of prose and characterization. I was enamored by both the characters and the writing as I read. Sommersby has a wonderful gift with words, and she captures the true nature of humanity as she creates life-like characters right on the page. Each character in the novel was created with love and care and, as you read, they become extremely real. S...
  • Heather Hildenbrand
    Oh. Wow. This book, Jenn's way with words, the descriptions, the story-line, Gemma's snarky sarcasm, Henry's devotion, Lucian's deviousness... ALL of it is 5 stars. I picked it up to support Jenn and then I couldn't put it down because it was awesome!! I cannot wait for Book 2, and Sleight has officially crept into my list of top 10 favorite books of all time! Go and read it. Now.The story is fresh and original and a new twist on "I see dead peop...
  • Shannon
    4.5*Sleight is a slightly different genre than what has been my go-to lately and it made me realize I really need to step out of what has been my “comfort zone” more often, and get back to reading a little bit of everything like I used to. And it reignited my love of the circus and memories of wanting to become a clown and join Ringling Bros! Although, as fun as it sounds, I don’t think I was really cut out for life on the road, but it was ...
  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    Warning: This book is very addictive and you will not be able to put it down!My Rating:5 Elephants! I absolutely loved the cover of this book. There is this beautiful girl with long red curly hair lying with her eyes closed relaxing on the green grass.Let me start out by saying this was a wonderful read from what I had been reading. This is a story set in the circus. I have never read a book that had that scenery so it caught my eye. I absolutely...
  • Jen
    I LOVE this book! I want to join the circus! WOW! When I first read the Blurb I was like .. "My best friend is an elephant?" Weird! But nope not at all! At least not when you grow up in the circus!! This book is an awesome PNR for YA (or my age :) The book starts off as we meet Gemma and her unfortunate bad luck - seems like this poor girl can't get a single break. Her mother just died. She didn't know her that well. She was sick - seriously sick...
  • Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
    Sleight was unlike anything that I have ever read before. The story line, characters, basically everything was completely unique to me. Have you ever read something that you loved so much you didn't even know how to describe your love for it? Well it's kinda like that with for me with this one.Let me start with the characters. First and foremost we have Gemma. She is troubled from the start considering, as the story begins, her mother, Delia has ...
  • Danny
    Well that was a ride! This is the story of Gemma and Henry. Gemma lives with a circus and this setting alone is unique and fresh since I cannot recall any other book that is set around a circus. I was however skeptical in the beginning, but I turned out to absolutely love this story and world building. Gemma just lost her mom and never knew her father. She lives with her Aunt and Uncle at the circus and never knew something else. The kids were of...
  • Jenny
    This is a truly great story, the idea is superb and the execution is clean and bright. I loved every minute and couldn't wait to get back to reading whenever I had to put it down to face reality. We are treated to the sometimes snarky but often vulnerable inner thoughts of Gemma as she faces first the ordeal of not fitting in at her new school and then a whole spectrum of catastrophes and new experiences that are thrown her way. And let me just s...
  • Jessica
    Sleight was a wonderful, unique tale and I can't wait to see where it goes with the next book. It is about Gemma, a young girl who knows no life beyond what she has while traveling around with circus. They have become her family and that is more important than ever since her mother just passed away. But things are more complicated for Gemma because she can see ghosts. Soon Gemma learns that the circus will be settling somewhere for a while, which...
  • heather
    I find this cover fascinating! The color of Gemma’s hair is bright and wonderful! Just as described between the pages of this book.Gemma’s story is very different and I have not come across one like this in the YA genre as of yet. I enjoyed the whole circus scenario. Who doesn’t love the circus? It was interesting to see how some things were actually run under the big top.The characters are very enjoyable. The book is full of some strange c...
  • Drottni
    I am baffled by the number of great reviews this book has received. I don't understand. This book was nothing amazing and did not hold my interest at all. It became a chore to read it and finish it. I had wanted to like this book a lot (especially after reading the acknowledgments page) but sadly I can't even give a 3 star rating because honestly this book was "just ok". Yes the idea was sort of original (the magic and seeing dead people part was...
  • Bella
    WOW this book was breathtaking. Form the start to the end and I still want more!! It was for sure a page turner and a must read. Lots of love, actions and just all you want in a book!! There was just so much story and I really related to the characters and each of there stories, I am SO excited for the next book!! This is a must get and a must read! I hope you fall in love like I did!!
  • Jena
    “The Cinzio Traveling Players, a well-oiled machine, has plans for all contingencies. Almost all. Delia falling three stories to her death was not among those plans.”Genevieve Flannery grew up in the Cinzio Traveling Players circus. It’s the only life she’s ever known. Watching her best friends throw each other around in the sky, spending large amounts of time with elephants and lions, and playing the violin upside down from a length of s...
  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-
    Goodreads Synopsis:Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.My mother is thrown backward.And she falls.Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has...
  • Ashlea
    I do my reviews in the form of questions, makes it easier to get my thoughts together. So here goes.What made me pick this book up: I saw it on either Netgalley or Edelweiss and the cover immediately caught my attention.What did I like about the cover: Everything. Literally. It looks like an old circus poster. I would totally have this hanging up in my room. The colors are beautiful.What made me read this book: I got it as an ARC to review. The s...
  • Jagged
    Okay...the description on this book said that Gemma was best friends with an elephant....yeah, it lied. From what I read--and perhaps my book was a dud--Juniper was Gemma's best friend, and the elephants only showed up on a few occasions.I found that I liked Henry more than I liked most of the other characters in the book. I, too, am not a fan of Shakespeare. He wound up having more depth than any other character, and for the most part his person...
  • Marcie
    Sleight is a wonderfully written novel by Jennifer Sommersby. Sleight is about a girl named Gemma Flannery. Gemma has had an unusual upbringing. For most of her life she has traveled with the Cinzio Traveling Players which is a traveling circus. Gemma is raised by Marlene and Ted. They've cared for Gemma since she was little. Gemma's mother recently committed suicide after suffering for a long time with mental illness. Gemma's father is unknown. ...
  • Caitlin
    The first chapter of this book is exceptional. We meet Gemma at the funeral of her chronically mentally ill mother. Gemma doesn't really know how to feel about this; which is understandable. She is of course sad about her mother's death, and sad about how she died, but at the same time she didn't really see her mum or know her properly as she was hospitalised for most of Gemma's life. I love Gemma's family, the circus performers that took her in ...
  • Ana Lucía
    Sleight is a beautifully written story and is one of the most original plots I've read so far. The idea of growing up in a circus surrounded by all kind of things, traveling around the country is very appealing and makes you wonder: how would that be?The first chapter is the hook for the rest of the book, the funeral of Gemma's mother. She doesn't even know how to feel about this, she spent her life seeing her mother in and out of psychiatric hos...
  • Patricia
    This book had been in been my TBR pile for a while and now I wish I'd pick it up sooner.The circus atmosphere was impressive. I could clearly envision the big top or the elephant pen. I could almost smell the popcorn and the cotton candy. That it was set in the wonderful and glorious state of Washington was a total bonus for me, having been raised in the Pacific Northwest I could totally picture every scene and I loved the descriptions of the are...
  • Sandra
    What a great read! It's so different from all the other YA saturated on the market, but at the same time it is equally enjoyable. Gemma has lived the with circus since she was a child, but since her mother passed away there have been some changes. The circus is staying in one spot longer, they have a new wealthy financier, and Gemma and the other circus kids are being forced to attend public school. There she meets Henry, the financiers son; they...
  • Rachel
    Sleight is the first self-published book I’ve ever read. It would have completely escaped my attention, had I not seen two fellow book bloggers discussing it’s awesome-ness on Twitter late one night. After reading a few reviews on Goodreads, I immediately downloaded it from Amazon to see for myself.The story itself is one of the more original plots of any YA novel I’ve read lately. Gemma is part of an extended circus family, but just happen...