The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1) by A.R. Kahler

The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)

Murdered contortionists aren't exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader, Mab, is the Faerie Queen of legend—and that she and the rest of the troupe are l...

Details The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)

TitleThe Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)
Release DateDec 4th, 2012
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    The Immortal CircusCirque des Immortels, Book 1By: A. R. KahlerNarrated by: Amy McFaddenThis is a "WOW" book, supernatural beings are the players in the circus and Mab is the owner. Mab, yes the fae queen. The main character is the has no idea what her past is, or why she is there. There are murders, attacks from the Summer Court, and lots of small mysteries. Great characters, twisted plot, and more. This is so good. The narrator is marvelous! Th...
  • Ashleyjo
    WTF did I just read?!? I feel like my girl, Alice, peering into some hole watching creepy crawlers, and I'm not sure I want to go down that mf'r and play, or not...I'm not sure?So, the norm is that one reads a book and can then give a brief synopsis of what the plot entails. Well, I read it and still have no mfing clue what's what, but I'll try to sum it up... There's a circus of paranormal beings. It's run by some hard ass fae queen who makes th...
  • VampireNovelFan
    The best Prime freebie I’ve read all year! Talk about an imagination! I wasn't totally sure of what to expect going into this one. I wasn't sure which book to choose for my monthly kindle prime freebie and time was running out. It was a debut, and it was originally a Kindle serial series. But all in all it turned out wonderfully.Though I've read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique. Mab is a really cool leade...
  • ☆ Kath Elizabeth ☆
    Honestly, the reason I'm giving this book a 3 star rating is because its so incredibly confusing.The Immortal Circus is about a travelling circus with an eclectic mix of performers. There are shapeshifters who can turn into anything they want to, magicians, faeries and some mortals. Everyone who works for the circus has a binding contract with the owner, Queen Mab. These contracts are full of clauses and rules that are different for each performe...
  • Bryce
    This book reads like fan fiction: little in the way of plot but plenty of descriptions of hunky men and unlikely sex acts. Usually, I can soldier through bad books and call it a learning experience, but I'm just not in the mood.
  • Meg
    Delightfully intriguing, with hints of magic and chaos. The Immortal Circus wraps you up in its world full of death defying acts and a mystery reaching back centuries.The circus has always intrigued me…mainly because you can eat as much fairy floss as you want and no one looks at you weirdly. That is my kind of place. Let me just start by saying that I went into this one thinking it was going to be a different story, so I think that is why I wa...
  • Tracey
    A strong start, but it just didn't get all the way there.This book would have benefited from some more world building. When there was world building, it was fantastic, but there's not enough description to truly embrace the uniqueness. It falls into plot too quickly. Another thing, I am not a huge fan of books about fairies, but Kahler does put them in a unique light that makes them more appealing.The protaganist, Vivienne, was all over the place...
  • Dean
    This book took me in straightaway.There was magic and intrigue.Death and conspiracy.We have a female protagonist, Vivienne. The new chic. Grrrl power.Except, this one is diluted by her constant pining over our Male lead, Kingston.The first 1/4 of the book I really was not sure I was going to get through.Vivienne's power appeared solely in her ability to drool and drop her tongue to her shoes whenever Kingston came about.Then-something shifted.It ...
  • Lör K.
    Warnings: graphic descriptions of violence and murderWhere can I even begin with The Immortal Circus: Act 1? Kahler has written such an amazing book, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what I want to talk about.First of all, the characters. Every character is three dimensional, with the idea that you could reach out and touch them, walk down the street and bump into them, turn around and find them there, staring into your soul. Kingston is beyond my f...
  • Lymarie
    I have conflicting feelings regarding this book. So conflicting that I changed my rating of it at least three times within the last several days, though it stayed well within the "I didn't HATE it, I just didn't like it" range. It was okay. I finished reading it, and I read the second one, and now I'm actually reading the third one, so you might think to yourself, "Well, you must have liked it!" Let's be clear: it was readable, although painful t...
  • Steph's Rom Book Talk
    Such a fun, new (to me) fantasy, and intriguing story that drew me in. I never thought I would enjoy reading about magic, fae, and fairytale feuds. I can't wait to read the next act! This specific video review will be included in the February 2018 wrap-up.For other video book reviews check out my Youtube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.
  • Wren
    Even with only the first few chapters released as of right now, I'm completely sold on The Immortal Circus. I may be a little biased, because I've known Alex for--holy shit--ten years, but he's always been a top-notch writer in my opinion. And his first 'real' book is no disappointment.There's magic, there's circus tricks, there's a sense of dark foreboding. What's not to love? I'm eagerly awaiting the next seven installments while simultaneously...
  • Shannon
    4.5 stars. What an intriguing book. It was mystical and magical, with evil like twists. It kind of reminded me of Carnivale, the HBO series from several years back. Definitely interested in seeing how this story progresses, on to book 2.
  • Alicia
    Not bad. Not great though. Not a fan of how long Viv, and thus The reader, was left in the dark about any potential for her power. I can't say I love any of the characters except Mel.
  • Kristin
  • Ashley
    Was able to download this one for free, and I can see why. No thank you.
  • Chelsie Hinds
    I really enjoyed this book. I figured I would because it's in the range of books that I normally enjoy—you know, the creepy paranormal, what-in-the-world-is-going-on kind of deal. This book had all of that. It wasn't incredibly creepy like a actual horror book would be. But there are real thriller moments in there, moments where you except something to just pop out of the bushes seeking blood. I really think the plot was well-thought out and br...
  • Jessica Fox
    The main character had irritated me a bit at first. She seemed whiny and selfish. She quickly turned around towards the end and I was pleasantly surprised. This was a fun book, will definitely continue the trilogy.
  • Lisa
    I try not to do reviews when I've only just finished the book (like 2 mins ago) as they tend to be a bit confused and I need some time to PROCESS...oh well I can always come back and amend it!I loved this book even though it has some flaws which is why I'm torn between 4 & 5 stars.It is about an immortal circus (Ha! well, der...should def not be carrying on with this but am ignoring myself) where the performers/members are contractually obligated...
  • Elizabeth
    I would be lying if I didn't say the cover was the first thing that attracted me to this. I mean, wow. It's darkly beautiful. The book itself, though, I have mixed feelings about. I really liked the idea behind it and the circus characters. I'm a fan of creepy circus stories and this book did not disappoint in that area. The circus family was mysterious and interesting and frankly I could read about them all day. And the story itself wasn't bad e...
  • K. Bird Lincoln
    This apparently started out as a serial on Amazon, and I can see in the shape of the chapters where specific events anchor each chapter and kind of end on a note of questioning for the next event how that shaped the story.However, that didn't negatively impact this first "half" of the story for me. Vivienne has joined "the Immortal Circus" under vague, but binding contract terms. The only two circus members who really talk to her are the Magician...
  • Eddie
    I've never read a serial book before, so obviously this is my first one. I guess the way they work is like a TV series, more chapters, like episodes, are released as time goes forward. This book is nine chapters deep at the time of my purchase and still has more to go. I'm not sure how much more, but I'm also not sure if I will continue on with it. As I am writing this review, I realize what book this is similar to; American Gods, by Neil Gailman...
  • John Lester
    Queen Mab - no not that one, she's older than Shakespeare - is the owner and ring-mistress of Cirque des Immortels. Oh, and also the Queen of the Winter Court."Welcome to Cirque des Immortels! Tonight, we have a show to ensnare and entwine, filled with acts to allure you, hellish and devine. Tonight - tonight only - we offer you this, a night of estacy, a night of bliss".Vivienne, like so many other performers are there to escape something, but, ...
  • Mareena Sirois
    I picked the “Immortal circus” a paranormal/fantasy fiction story by A.K Kahla thinking it would be like a book I once read. I had high expectations but within just a few chapters I was hooked. The main character, Vivienne, has run from her past and when she met Mab- a circus ring leader- she signs a contract with more bindings than she can remember. After she joins the circus things about herself and her past are very hazy. After a performe...
  • Natalia Rox
    I think the concept is well developed. I love the idea of magic being part of a circus. I just watched cirque du soleil's ama luna and I find myself applying the awe I felt that night with the characters in this book. our main character Viv is a great guide into this immortal circus. You have the excitement of unraveling the secrets through her and it takes you out of your day and under the big top. thar be spoilers ahead....okay, I am not a fan ...
  • Lola Oretade
    This book was one of the best and now one of my favorite books. Although to some it may not seem original just with the plot of a magical circus, the story runs much deeper than this and sucks you in. I've honestly read nothing like it and the end left me hanging so bad I almost screamed in frustration. Vivienne starts out quite flat, but she is indeed a dynamic character. She may seem typical at first being a normal girl who ran away from her pa...
  • K.N.
    I'll start with the positives. The circus world that Kahler's created is beautiful, dark, dangerous, and sexy. There were a few creative and good ideas sprinkled through the book. That's about as much praise as I can muster, however.Vivienne is not a good narrator or protagonist. She spends too much of the time indifferent to things that she knows are strange and even more time obsessed with a man that I think barely had character development bey...
  • Tyla Rodriguez
    I love the idea for this book. A supernatural circus with loads of mysterious secrets waiting to unfold. Definitely kept me wondering what was going on and didn't know what to expect next. I'm excited to read the sequel.. Although I wasn't too fond of Vivienne, the book's protagonist. She often made silly decisions (sneaking out at night to “protect” her friends from the unidentified murderer knowing at the time that she was a mere mortal) an...
  • Tracy
    Vivienne joined the Immortal Circus to escape her past but it appears her only skill is making cotton candy (which is usually a job for the local mortals) while everyone else in the cast has a magical circus act. Vivienne remembers signing a contract but can't remember the specifications of her contract. Come to think of it, Vivienne can't even remember the past she escaped. Everyone in the Immortal Circus will live forever but then someone in th...