Girl on a Wire (Cirque American #1) by Gwenda Bond

Girl on a Wire (Cirque American #1)

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wi...

Details Girl on a Wire (Cirque American #1)

TitleGirl on a Wire (Cirque American #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2014
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Girl on a Wire (Cirque American #1)

  • Janice
    What a charmer?! I'm a sucker for well written novels with dazzling leads; throw in info about a subculture and I'm sold. You can tell that Ms. Bond spent a lot of time doing the research into circus families and the tricks that they devote their lives to. I felt transported.Here's to Jules and her hero, Bird Millman: Princesses of the Air.
  • elizabeth tobey
    Girl on a Wire started out really strong: I cared about the characters, I felt my heart speed up during the tense scenes, I didn't want to put the book down.And then, the ending came. And it was pretty much a Scooby Doo moment where the Bad Guy just explains Why He Did It. I gave it 4 stars because up until the last couple chapters, I was in love with the book. But those last two get 1 star.
  • Rachel
    Damn. This was much better than expected, but it still left me wanting more.It did a lot of things right, especially in regards to Jules and her character arc, and it didn't fall into any of the gross YA tropes I brace myself for when I read a new author. The problems I had were more metaphysical. Because while it was good, I knew the entire time reading that it could be better. That was constantly going through my head: "I like this, but good go...
  • Kristen Burns
    4 StarsFull Review:I knew I wanted this book as soon as I saw it because CIRCUS! I absolutely love circus. And one of the best things about this book, as opposed to other circus books, was that the author really delved into the descriptions of the acts and made the practices and performances an integral part of the story rather than just using the circus as a backdrop.Not only that, the descriptions of the wire walking and trapeze—not even of w...
  • Tracey Mamerow
    **Spoilers**This book was definitely entertaining. I loved the look into the circus life (I think I'm on a circus kick) and I loved the strength of the main character. It kept my curiosity, stressed me out when she was on the high wire, and made me want to see what would happen. However, my one disappointment was with the ending. The story built up so well, asking questions about magic and who had it in for them, etc. that I was expecting a more....
  • Alaina Meserole
    Enemies become lovers or do they?This is a take on Romeo and Juliet, but in the circus. Girl on a Wire is about Jules, who is a wire walker. Sounds highly dangerous but hey, the circus life is for her. There she runs into the Garcia family. Jules doesn't have the best relationship with them or Remy Garcia due to the bad blood that runs between them. However, Remy and Jules start to develop feelings for each other - sounds cliche but it was actual...
  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    Reading this book I realized that I know way more about circus life then I thought I did. Since Water For Elephants I have noticed a lot of books are using the circus as a whimsical setting for their novels and this knowledge seems to be rubbing off on me. I think that’s one of the reasons that, although I enjoyed this book, I found myself comparing it to a lot of other stories and it ended up losing some its magic.Jules Maroni is a high-wire w...
  • lisa
    i have a lot of thoughts that are tangential to this book, so:1. i don't understand how LITERALLY NO ONE IN THE BOOK commented on the fact that these two families who hated each other had kids about the same age who were LITERALLY NAMED ROMEO AND JULIETTA, even after they were caught sneaking around and making out.2. i was trying to figure out why i was so unbothered by the problems in both this and the paper magician, and then i realized that i ...
  • Julie
    At first glance, this seems like it should've been my jam: a Romeo and Juliet retelling set against two rival families of circus performers. Pretty great premise, right? I love circuses!But nah. Most of the time, I was waffling around 2 stars -- the ending made me straight-up want to take yet another star off, but I'm going to be forgiving since the high-wire scenes were tense and well-written, and there were some good elements here, they were ju...
  • Alex
    You can read my review over on my book blog, Bluegrass Book Nerd. (Well, it's not up on my blog yet, but will be soon!)Girl On a Wire is a taut, gripping read. (Ha. Taut. As in wire tension. Guys, I made a pun.) There was so much that I loved about this book, even though it's a bit of an obvious retelling of Romeo and Juliet. (The protagonists' names are Romeo and Julieta; not exactly subtle, but I'm willing to look past it.)I read this book whil...
  • Albert
    Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond is a Romeo and Juliet tale set beneath the big tent and high up on the wire. A feat Bond does well in this teen lit book that mixes romance, intrigue and dark magic into a novel of forbidden love and betrayal. Jules Maroni is a sixteen year old high wire walker who is following in the family business. But she is tired of the small circus route and dreams of making it big time. Only her family are outcasts in the circ...
  • Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic NerdI received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MY THOUGHTS Wow! This was such a surprising read!I've been seeing this book all over the web, but never thought that it would be worth reading. All I knew was that it took place in a circus, which didn't interest me for some reason. I eventually read the synopsis and decided that I should give it a try. I saw t...
  • Karolina Kat
    Solid 3.5 stars rounded up due to my pure enjoyment.Girl on a Wire enchanted me with the choice of theme and thrilling descriptions of circus performances. It's a nice, fast and pleasant read, where it's easy to bond with characters, even the heroine, who despite her flaws is still the one to root for - especially during her wire-walks.The only disappointing part of the story was villian's revelation. As mentioned in many reviews, it trully was S...
  • Nancy The book junkie
    Review coming soon!
  • Mieneke
    One of the two inaugural authors for Strange Chemistry back in the day and one of my favourites from their list is Gwenda Bond. I've read and enjoyed both her previous novels, Blackwood and The Woken Gods , and thought her newest offering, Girl on a Wire sounded very intriguing. Thus, when the author approached me about reviewing it, I didn't hesitate to say yes. And it has to be said, that with Girl on a Wire Bond remains on form. It was a de...
  • Suze Lavender
    Jules Maroni wants to join the Cirque American. It's a big and famous circus and she'll have the chance to do a fantastic performance there. Jules is a high-wire walker. She can makes pirouettes on the rope and she isn't afraid to take risks. She tricks her family into joining the circus of her dreams. Only the Garcia family is also working for the circus and they hate the Maronis. Jules doesn't understand what's going on with her grandmother. Th...
  • Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
    Yup! A Romeo and Juliet circus mystery. Who could say no?The parallels between Romeo and Juliet are perfect. The old family rivalry. The fist fight at the beginning (Poor Tybalt-- I mean, Sam!). The secrets. The children knowing they couldn't be seen with people in the other family. Forbidden love. However, I appreciate how they aren't drawn out too much. There are subtle variations which keeps us on our toes. [spoiler]For example, Sam and Dia en...
  • alisonwonderland
    I've never been a big fan of circuses, but I found Girl on a Wire to be an excellent read. It has an evocative and compelling story line with a bit of mystery and a bit of romance. I'll definitely be reading more from Gwenda Bond!By the way, while the story involves some magic, this is not - to my mind, at least - a fantasy novel (like, say, The Night Circus). It's much more grounded in reality (and I think there's a pun in that statement). Also,...
  • Melliott
    I really enjoyed this. It had a few awkward, clunky moments, and the suspense was prolonged a little too long for the payoff, but who doesn't love a book about the circus? Julieta and Remy are appealing protagonists, and setting them down in the midst of feuding circus families with hidden agendas and careers on the line makes for a great tale.
  • Paul
    Decidedly more Y I generally like my YA, and absolutely a little Scooby-Do. The story follows Jules (short for Juliette) and her circus performer family as they join a far more successful and reputable circus after she threatens to run away on page 3 - this is kind of glossed over, sparing Bond the trouble of writing a scene that justifies how a rebellious teenager can impulsively make drastic and dramatic changes to the lives and livelihood of h...
  • Cyndy Aleo
    The worst thing for a reviewer (or reformed reviewer) is getting to that star rating Kindle serves up as you scroll past that last page and thinking "meh" but that's where we are. Meh.I purchased Girl on a Wire with a great deal of excitement. I've heard great things about its author. And it's a circus book and if you've read even 10 of my reviews, you probably know how that goes.There's not a lot I can say about this book. It's competently writt...
  • Katy Noyes
    Circus-set mystery for teensI liked this at times, and at others found my attention drifting a little. A teenager girl, heir to her family's circus dynasty is desperate to find their place among the greats again, restore their name and fortunes after decades in decline. Managing to secure them a place in a successful circus, they don't find a warm welcome and Jules learns it is related to bad blood between another circus family and her grandmothe...
  • Britt
    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, though I had some minor issues with the pacing and the main character. Jules was just really selfish at certain points and it grated on my nerves. I loved her character development though, so she redeemed herself in the end. The setting was established decently - there was some circus history included that was really interesting to read about and I felt drawn in to the performance family. I wanted a litttttl...
  • Callie
    Meh. I liked the razzle dazzle of the circus setting, but the mystery aspect of the plot was just kind of a mess. The main characters went on in the dark way too long, which made the big reveal of the villain unbelievable. And so much of the story just seemed like filler, not really accomplishing anything. And while many people compare this to Romeo and Juliet, that's a gratuitous overstatement. The characters have similar names and their familie...
  • Dorottya
    I fell in love with the circus society of this book on the first pages. I think there was a load of thorough research done from he author's side, because all the descriptions felt organic. It was truly something else, wonderful, magical. I also loved the characters and the family dynamics, too.I also liked how some tropes were turned upside down and were not used in a cliché way. We finally have a grandma here who is not your typical perfect fai...