Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Circus settings always intrigue me—besides being so far removed from my own life, in books they often feel so whimsical and theatrical with great potential for drama.
Lyssa Mia Smith’s Revelle has all of that, featuring a resourceful, supremely talented family with Luxe, a cunning & loyal trapeze artist as the protagonist & secret leader of her family doing whatever she can to help them survive & hopefully even flourish.
While this book is ultimately hopeful it’s also darker than I expected, with violence & death & attempts of both throughout the book. This is a world where magic takes its toll, where not everyone gets along, where people are often at the mercy of those with the most powerful magic & those willing to stoop to any act to maintain their power.
The story is inventive, there’s sweetness in how Luxe forges a relationship with island newcomer Jamison Port, & there’s an intriguing characterization of her as more cynical & canny & him as more gullible.
Both Luxe & Jamison are brave & loyal & that’s how we get the ending we do, despite the darkness in other moments of the story.
All things considered, Revelle is unsettling & dynamic, a bit dark for me but sure to please many readers!
4⭐️. Out now!
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