All the Little Bones (Circus Hearts, #1) by Ellie Marney

All the Little Bones (Circus Hearts, #1)

A teenage trapeze artist and an apprentice strongman on the run from a terrible crime…Seventeen-year-old Sorsha Neary’s life is changed in one night when she defends herself behind the vans of her family circus troupe. Now Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm Mackay are travelling south, to evade the fallout and escape the long arm of the law. All they have in their favour is talent, an old promise, and slim acquaintance with the crew members...

Details All the Little Bones (Circus Hearts, #1)

TitleAll the Little Bones (Circus Hearts, #1)
Release DateSep 1st, 2018
PublisherBearded Lady Press
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance

Reviews All the Little Bones (Circus Hearts, #1)

  • Rachael
    I was very lucky to read an early draft of this captivating YA romance. I was immediately swept up in the circus atmosphere. I love ‘behind the scenes’ storylines and getting a taste of the authentic realities of the life of a full time performer. Sorcha is a new comer to this particular circus community and I love the dynamics and power struggles at work in finding her place. Good thing she has delicious Colm on her side. Not gunna lie: stro...
  • Jasmine
    OMG. This book is everything I'm looking for in a dark mysterious romance story. The background setting is, apparently, in a circus but who've thought of it as an evil place? The characters are insta-lovable and the romance between Sorsha (whose real name is actually Saoirse, which is one of my top favorite names of all time) and Colm is pure temptation. *heart's swelling* The best part of all these? For me it's definitely the mysterious murder c...
  • nick
    Reading a new Ellie Marney is always a treat. She is one of my favorite authors and I have vowed to read anything and everything that she releases. All the Little Bones, with its circus setting and its swoony romance, stole my heart from the get-go. It's lovely and passionate and so romantic!Sorsha, a trapeze artist, and her friend and strongman, Colm, are on the run from the police. Their journey brings them to a circus in the south known as Kla...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Saoirse Neary is evading the authorities. Defending herself against a sexual assault, the seventeen year old trapeze performer is escaping persecution accompanied by strongman, nineteen year old Colm Mackay.The PerformersSorsha Neary is a beautiful young woman. Orphaned as a child, Sorsha lives with caregiver, aunt Morrighan. Fostered by the stoic woman, also a fortune teller within the northern travelling circus. Frightened for the repercussions...
  • Karina
    I know book one only came out yesterday, but when can I be expecting book two? 💁♀💁♀ I know book one only came out yesterday, but when can I be expecting book two? 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️
  • Laura Trenham
    Circus Hearts 1: All The Little Bones is a new release ebook by Ellie Marney. As the title suggests, it is a book which is primarily set within a circus, in a setting which is never disclosed (but I assumed Australia as it was giving me beachy vibes in the first section of the book). It is a young adult book which focuses on two central characters, Sorsha and Colm, as they escape the circus in the North due to an incident which has the police sea...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: drowning, death, (view spoiler)[attempted rape (hide spoiler)]In the interests of full disclosure, I received an advanced copy of this from Ellie because I am demanding and she is delightful. This had no impact on how much I absolutely adored this book. The characters are great, the romance is A+, and there's plenty of mystery to keep you guessing, as you would expect with an Ellie Marney book. The difference here, though, is th...
  • Holly
    I thought this would be more of a mystery than it was, I guess? But it's really about two kids running away to a rival circus to get away from a bad situation. They have each other, but that's not quite enough. Sorsha is dealing with PTSD, and she's haunted by the past, and I was so grateful that was present because it felt necessary to her character. She needs to stay in the shadows, though, because she doesn't want to get caught, but her skills...
  • Emily Wrayburn
    Review originally published on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 31 August 2018:I’ve stopped opening reviews with “I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary but…” because I realised that’s not true anymore. What is still true is that I probably lean away from YA contemporaries that are as heavy on the romance as this one, but as you can see from my rating, it didn’t bother me in this case.Trapeze artist Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm ar...
  • Ellen
    3.5 starsThis was fairly light on plot, but I don't read Ellie Marney for the plot. I read her for the characters and this has an interesting cast of them. I would have liked the ending to be a little more fleshed out than it was. Everything just happened so fast. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Content warning: strong language, rape subject matter and some swoony make out scenes (though, I kind of liked them if I'm being honest :...
  • Tara
    LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED!!! I loved this story and these characters and I totally want to join a circus, not so much as a performer but more to just hang out with all of these incredible people. I read the book in two sittings and when I started I was instantly transported into the world of Sorsha and Colm (and hello swoon worthy moments!) I was sad to get to the end and am now chomping at the bit to read book two.
  • Mandy
    Another super swoony and entertaining read from Ellie Marney, but was a little too short to be completely satisfying.Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
  • Tash
    Reviewed @ Thoughts By Tash Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest reviewI fell in love with Marney and her writing when she gave us Watts and Mycroft all those years ago now. She captivated readers with dark YA crime romance series that appeal to the darkness in our hearts If you loved those books , this series is everything that you loved about those books. It’s captivating , it’s authentic and it’s raw and ho...
  • Cally73
    Can Ellie write a bad book? I was hooked into the story from the beginning, with the tension of Sorsha and Colm on the run. You know something awful has happened and each piece of the story gradually unfolds. Even when they reach their destination, they still can't let their guard down. I loved the characters of Sorsha and Colm and their developing relationship. Sorsha might be small but certainly to be feared. Colm is not just a strongman as a c...
  • Amy
    Fast-paced and romantic, Ellie Marney's latest book All the Little Bones had me hooked from the first page. The vivid descriptions of the circus setting and routines were a delight. All of the secondary characters were unique and I loved seeing Sorsha's relationships with them grow, particularly her friendship with Ren. Also the romance between Sorsha and Colm was very well done, I could feel the tension between them as I was reading and I loved ...
  • Chloe Hughes
    I would have easily read this book within a couple of days but the timing when I started I came down with a terrible cold that I left this book for a week to get over my sickness to properly get into.This was intense from the get go. I love the sexual chemistry between Colm (the strongman’s apprentice) and Sorsha (who’s a trapeze artist) who’s attraction to each other couldn’t be denied to each other.The description of the circus and the ...
  • Diem
    I had the privilege of reading an early draft of All the Little Bones. No one writes contemporary YA romance like Ellie Marney.
  • Lara
    So, I am not a circus fan. Let's give thanks to Thomas Tryon's The Other and having a clown unexpectedly stick a feather duster in my face when my parents took me with them to see Barnum as child for that, shall we? Also, It, obviously. I am decidedly in the circuses-are-creepy-no-thanks camp. But I read this book anyway, because I like Ellie Marney so much, and because I figured...surely she won't make it creepy, right? RIGHT, ELLIE MARNEY?!?!?!...
  • Ellie
    5 out of 5 Stars Marney's writing and characters never cease to impress me. Her style and dialogue are so genuine, and it always makes her stories so fun and fast to read no matter the plot. But that doesn't mean this book doesn't deliver on plot too. This story follows a circus life which leaves a lot of room for lovable and unique characters in addition to the main character's story. Sorsha and Colm were very loyal and honest with each other. I...
  • Stef (Noveltea Corner)
    (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)I have been waiting for All the Little Bones ever since Ellie Marney hinted at it way back when and it didn't disappoint. It's no secret that I adore her writing - the stories and the characters always strike a chord with me - but when I heard that she was writing a series of stories set against the backdrop of a circus/carniva...
  • Megan G
    Everytime I read a book by Ellie Marney, I get swept away into a new world. The way she writes her stories, captivating you entirely and never letting you go. It has been a long time since I’ve read a book late into the early hours of the morning, and this book achieved that. I just couldn’t put it down!This world of circus life with high flying artists, strongmen, contortionists and costume designers, is utterly unique. Something I never tho...
  • Sue
    This is the start of a great new series by Ellie Marney. Colm and Sorsha are a hypnotic combination and the back story of being on the run was perfect to throw them together. As usual the first kiss between the two protagonists is HOT, which is an Ellie Marney speciality. Marney effectively paints a picture of circus life and show folk well, and I look forward to reading more about this cast of characters. Can’t wait for All Fall Down to drop i...
  • Leandre Zerbit
    3,5It started very well, the writing, the characters, the circus setting. But the beginning was stronger than the end, which happened way too quickly. Made me leave wanting more.
  • Amélie
    2.5 stars?I love a good book about/revolving around circus's. The cover of this book is what initially caught my attention and interest in reading it (who isn't a sucker for a pretty cover?).While making through this read, I quickly realized that this is a contemporary book. I'm not a fan of contemporary in the first place, so... The other reason why I gave this book a lower rating is because of the language/slang used. I don't think the location...
  • Andrea Koopaloop
  • Hannah • So Obsessed With
    Maybe closer to 3.5 stars but rounding up for the swoon!
  • NicoleHasRead
    Review also posted on www.nicolehasread.comOh. My. Goodness.Sorsha and Colm have made a quick getaway from the circus they call home and are headed south to a permanent show, where the boss owes Sorsha's aunt a favour. The events surrounding their departure are revealed gradually, and Sorsha suffers from flashbacks and nightmares as she relives the events of the night that changed everything. Too young to drive herself, Colm has been roped in to ...