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An alternative cover edition for this ASIN can be found here. I've been hunted my whole life...  My name's Mei Walker, and everyone wants me dead. Well, maybe not everyone, but some days it feels like that. Worst thing is, no one will tell me why. I'm not even sure my protectors actually know why. The Earthbound—the secretive organisation hunting me—has spies everywhere An alternative cover edition for this ASIN can be found here. I've been hunted my whole life...  My name's Mei Walker, and everyone wants me dead. Well, maybe not everyone, but some days it feels like that. Worst thing is, no one will tell me why. I'm not even sure my protectors actually know why. The Earthbound—the secretive organisation hunting me—has spies everywhere. I've been in hiding ever since I can remember, and I've never felt completely safe. We move regularly from place to place, and I can never be sure if the next person I meet will be the one who betrays me.To discover the secret behind their relentless pursuit, I have to make it to my twentieth birthday—that's when supernaturals come into their full power. It's not long now, but the Earthbound are stepping up their game. It's going to be fifty-fifty whether I make it. Truth is, I know I'm not special. The Earthbound have made a mistake. If I can stay safe until my birthday, I can prove them wrong. How hard could it be? Hidden Dragon features a kick-butt heroine, a centuries-old mystery and paranormal adventure.


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An alternative cover edition for this ASIN can be found here. I've been hunted my whole life...  My name's Mei Walker, and everyone wants me dead. Well, maybe not everyone, but some days it feels like that. Worst thing is, no one will tell me why. I'm not even sure my protectors actually know why. The Earthbound—the secretive organisation hunting me—has spies everywhere An alternative cover edition for this ASIN can be found here. I've been hunted my whole life...  My name's Mei Walker, and everyone wants me dead. Well, maybe not everyone, but some days it feels like that. Worst thing is, no one will tell me why. I'm not even sure my protectors actually know why. The Earthbound—the secretive organisation hunting me—has spies everywhere. I've been in hiding ever since I can remember, and I've never felt completely safe. We move regularly from place to place, and I can never be sure if the next person I meet will be the one who betrays me.To discover the secret behind their relentless pursuit, I have to make it to my twentieth birthday—that's when supernaturals come into their full power. It's not long now, but the Earthbound are stepping up their game. It's going to be fifty-fifty whether I make it. Truth is, I know I'm not special. The Earthbound have made a mistake. If I can stay safe until my birthday, I can prove them wrong. How hard could it be? Hidden Dragon features a kick-butt heroine, a centuries-old mystery and paranormal adventure.

30 review for Hidden Dragon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Ringmaster is book one in the Carnival Series by Trudi Jaye. I read it as part of the anthology, Powers, Spice, and Not So Nice. Rilla Jolly has been a part of the Jolly Carnival all her life. It is all that she knows. Her father is the beloved Abacus Jolly the last of a long line of Ringmasters. Rilla has been training to someday take his place but took her time. There was no need to hurry, her father had years before he would retire from the position, or that’s what Rilla thought until he was Ringmaster is book one in the Carnival Series by Trudi Jaye. I read it as part of the anthology, Powers, Spice, and Not So Nice. Rilla Jolly has been a part of the Jolly Carnival all her life. It is all that she knows. Her father is the beloved Abacus Jolly the last of a long line of Ringmasters. Rilla has been training to someday take his place but took her time. There was no need to hurry, her father had years before he would retire from the position, or that’s what Rilla thought until he was tragically killed in an auto accident. Rilla hasn’t even had time to grieve for her father as she is thrust into the spotlight to fill his shoes. There is something different, though, about the Jolly Carnival. The carnival is magical. Over three hundred years ago, the original nine started the Carnival and today, the descendants of those nine and their families are still there, all part of the magic that keeps the Carnival alive. And alive it is, almost as a living, breathing thing. As Rilla is attending her father’s wake, a man that used to be a part of the carnival thirty five years ago returns, claiming that he wants to challenge Rilla for the position of the Ringmaster. And with him is his sexy son, Jack. “I’m a Jolly. It’s what our family does. We run the Carnival, and we’re the Ringmasters. Ever since the shipwreck. I can’t…I won’t let the family down.” Along with trying to grieve for her father, adjust to a challenger for Ringmaster, there has been sabotages happening. Her father had been trying to find who was responsible before he died. The sabotage was weakening the magic of the Carnival. And now, the nine are doubting Rilla’s ability to lead. Should she just give up the position? Is she capable of taking over for her father? Jack is only here because his father convinced him to come along to help him to win the position of Ringmaster. But the longer he spends within the Carnival, the more he begins to love it. He begins to feel the magic. But everyone here that is a part of the magical Carnival has a special ability that makes them an integral part of it. What would his ability be? And then there is the beautiful Rilla. Their bond is becoming stronger. He sees the grief and the struggle she has in trying to lead everyone. So can he really go behind her back to help his father? Who would truly be the best Ringmaster? “How could he go back to his old life, knowing the Carnival was out there? The people, the friends he’d made, the things he learned. It would be like returning to black and white after experiencing the wonders of full high-definition color.” At each stop, the Carnival chooses a recipient of a ‘gift.’ It chooses someone that has a need that the Carnival can help to fill. It is the carousal that chooses who will be the ‘mark’ to receive the gift. But the gift this time is the most difficult one they have ever had. And, not all agree on how to deal with it. So on top of the sabotage, the challenge for the Ringmaster, and her grief for her father, Rilla has to deal with that as well. This book was very unique and had some pretty intense moments as Rilla and Jack try to find who is sabotaging the Carnival. I loved the magical aspect to it all. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with Rilla and my heart was with her as she struggled with everything on her shoulders. I really enjoyed the developing romance between she and Jack. As a whole, this was a really enjoyable read that kept me guessing right up to the end. There isn’t a cliff hanger but all is not resolved so I assume things will be continued on in the next book, The Gift.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♛Tash

    Ringmaster opens to the funeral rites of the previous ringmaster, Rillas's father, Abacus. With his death, Rilla needs to assume the role of the Ringmaster, but an unexpected challenge to her inheritance arrives in the form of an exiled carnie and his son, Jack. Rilla and Jack become rivals for the job, and whoever wins over of the Nine, who function as the carnival board, gets the job of the Ringmaster. On top of the competition, they have a sabotage/murder mystery to solve and a challenge of s Ringmaster opens to the funeral rites of the previous ringmaster, Rillas's father, Abacus. With his death, Rilla needs to assume the role of the Ringmaster, but an unexpected challenge to her inheritance arrives in the form of an exiled carnie and his son, Jack. Rilla and Jack become rivals for the job, and whoever wins over of the Nine, who function as the carnival board, gets the job of the Ringmaster. On top of the competition, they have a sabotage/murder mystery to solve and a challenge of sorts to complete for Carnival to maintain its full magic. Sounds familiar? Then you've obviously read The Night Circus. I have, and this book is its less attractive cousin. I will attempt to outline the similarities between the two books from memory: (view spoiler)[1.) The rivalry between two attractive magicians in the Night Circus, carnies for Ringmaster 2.) The founding members /the Nine- who have various functions for the circus 3.) A magical carnival/circus that feeds on the magic of the carnies and the ticket sales 4.) A challenge to complete 5.) the said attractive rivals fall in love against all odds. (hide spoiler)] The sabotage/murder mystery is all Ringmaster though, but this distinction is carried out most disappointingly. Actually, the plot in general is. This Dwight Schrute gif will sum up what I think of this book: I think that if the author dedicated a little more time on developing the circus, its magical traditions and backstory, Ringmaster would've been a decent read and perhaps series, but Jaye doesn't so much as give her readers a tour of the circus. All I know is that there's a big top, a menagerie, food tent, ticket booth and the caravans. Instead, Jaye focused on Rilla's and Jack's thoughts and feelings. The characters are forgettable at best, except Rilla maybe. The MC is just one big knot of anxiety. She always has either butterflies or piranhas in her stomach, and she always has stabbing pain in her chest. Someone questions her legitimacy as Ringmaster - stabbing pain to the heart, sees her friends laughing with the rival - piercing pain to the chest, Pluto declared not a planet - a Karate chop to the aorta. I admit that the last one isn't in the book but I imagine this is how Rilla would feel. 2 Stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    So, I requested this book a while ago but I couldn’t wait so I bought it. What can I say? For me it was like a breath of fresh air. It was different a great story with a great background. Ms. Jaye certainly knows how to build a world in such a short time span without it seeming rushed. Ringmaster is the first book in the series based on a Carnival to be exact. A long time ago, nine families were nearly killed at sea on their way to America. They prayed to be rescued and they were in exchange for So, I requested this book a while ago but I couldn’t wait so I bought it. What can I say? For me it was like a breath of fresh air. It was different a great story with a great background. Ms. Jaye certainly knows how to build a world in such a short time span without it seeming rushed. Ringmaster is the first book in the series based on a Carnival to be exact. A long time ago, nine families were nearly killed at sea on their way to America. They prayed to be rescued and they were in exchange for being rescued you could say that they were gifted with skills and talents. But there was an aspect that they all had to fulfill and that was to make someone’s wish come true, to bring them happiness and make their life better. Rilla is the daughter of the recently departed Ringmaster of the Jolly Carnival. Her rightful place is to be the next Ringmaster but there are several obstacles in her way. But an old family friend has come back to claim the position as Ringmaster with his sexy son Jack. There are lies, secrets that come to light. There is a matter of who can be trusted. The relationship between Jack and Rilla is rocky at best and I was really wringing for them. Certainly a series to read. I have the second book and will read it soon. Copy received by Victory Editing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eva Millien

    She’s been on the run her whole life, everyone wants her dead but no one will tell her why. If Mei Walker makes it to her twentieth birthday, she’ll discover the secret behind The Earthbound’s relentless pursuit, because that’s when supernaturals come into their full power. The truth is The Earthbound have made a mistake and she’s going to prove them wrong. This urban fantasy has some fascinating and different elements that engage readers right from the start, for one thing most of the story is o She’s been on the run her whole life, everyone wants her dead but no one will tell her why. If Mei Walker makes it to her twentieth birthday, she’ll discover the secret behind The Earthbound’s relentless pursuit, because that’s when supernaturals come into their full power. The truth is The Earthbound have made a mistake and she’s going to prove them wrong. This urban fantasy has some fascinating and different elements that engage readers right from the start, for one thing most of the story is one big suspense gripping and adrenaline pumping chase with epic battles as Mei runs from her attackers. The plot is fast paced and full of strong, captivating characters all of which seem to have hidden agendas and their own endgames which leaves Mei with few to trust. The more Mei discovers, the more she has to wonder if anybody really knows what they are talking about and readers can’t help but become caught up in this exhilarating, secret keeping experience that is full of betrayals and unexpected twists that keeps readers on edge.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is also titled Ringmaster's Heir (Dark Carnival #1) in the US. There are parts of this that are wonderful. Rilla, the title character, is a totally real and likable central character. She is easy to root for, and isn't a princess perfect. The idea of a Carnival and a group of families that are quasi cursed to help Marks is interesting. The magic in the series is well thought out and has rules that are followed. The plot at the beginning is pretty good. Rilla's father has died (has he been mur It is also titled Ringmaster's Heir (Dark Carnival #1) in the US. There are parts of this that are wonderful. Rilla, the title character, is a totally real and likable central character. She is easy to root for, and isn't a princess perfect. The idea of a Carnival and a group of families that are quasi cursed to help Marks is interesting. The magic in the series is well thought out and has rules that are followed. The plot at the beginning is pretty good. Rilla's father has died (has he been murdered?), she faces a challenge to her inheritance as Ringmaster, made more problematic because the Carnival has been dealing with sabotage. The whole sequence with Rilla and the Mark, Kara, as they help each other is wonderful. The but to this otherwise good book is a few major buts. The first is that the romance feels entirely forced and as something the writer threw in because she (I presume the Trudi Jaye is a she, apolgizes if he/it/them is the preferred pronoun) thought readers would want it. The hero, Jack, is the son of the man who is challenging Rilla for the Ringmaster role. The Nine, men and one women besides Rilla, who control various aspects of the Carnvial (such as food, games, rides) will vote on it. Jack's father was exiled for 33 years for interfering with a Mark. Part of the forced romance feel is that Jack is really unlikable. At first, it is understandable why he wants to support his father in the quest for Ringmaster title. His father was ill, the return to the Carnival seems to be good for his father - who wouldn't want to help Dad, especially when Jack wants to get back to his job. So, yeah, he's a jerk and maniuplative (he uses a private conversation and its infromation), but you can understand why. It's when his father suffers a relapse and decides that Jack should take his place as challenger that Jack looks even more jerk like (why would he agree, especially when he wasn't raised in the Carnival or fully understands it?). Then Jerk Jack says he is doing it for Rilla's own good because she is sad about her dad. This after they slept together (which felt so forced that you were literally, going really) and after he realizes that Rilla was basically running the Carnival for her father anyway. WTF? What is more, the NIne (even the only woman of the Nine, who is the Foodmaster) are okay with this. AND NOT ONE WOMAN THINKS TO CALL THEM OUT ON THE SEXISM. The closest you get is Missy who hints, hints, at it. By the end of the book,when Rilla has been told by one of the men on the Nine that they love her and that's why they wanted Jack or his dad as Ringmaster because they were worried about her grieving. you want Rilla to shout, "Screw you, you SeXist Bastards and enabling Woman" and walk away. Instead she becomes co-Ringmaster with Jack who is still a fucking jerk. This might of been fine if the sexism had at least been addressed or even mentioned, but it's not. THe only reason, at least in times of the world in the book, that the NIne might vote for Jack or his Dad instead of someone who knows the Carnival, is that Rilla has tits and a v-j. It totally ruined the book. It really did. And then the reveal is something a reader can figure out about 100 plus pages earlier. There is a third plot point that just feels thrown in.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Joy Joy ♥

    3.8 Stars. Thoroughly enjoyed the creation of the setting and magic system on this. A magical circus helping people while struggling with their own internal (both circus and personal issues) struggles. I loved how the history ended up unfolding and much of everything getting tied together in the end. A good start and decent ending, but I do have to say that chunks of the middle is what caused the star rating to go down. It become confusing at some points and tedious. Although it did clear up as th 3.8 Stars. Thoroughly enjoyed the creation of the setting and magic system on this. A magical circus helping people while struggling with their own internal (both circus and personal issues) struggles. I loved how the history ended up unfolding and much of everything getting tied together in the end. A good start and decent ending, but I do have to say that chunks of the middle is what caused the star rating to go down. It become confusing at some points and tedious. Although it did clear up as things progressed, it was an issue that caused the book to become less immersive. The circus characters are interesting but do lack enough depth, in my opinion. I've read books 2 and 3 and have to say that it although there is improvement, it's still reaching in some places. I found the chemistry between the main characters left wanting for much of the book . The mystery behind the circus still has potential, but I worry about the quality of writing slipping and things just ended up coming off rushed and reaching. Will continue to stick with it with hopes that it will continue to really improve.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorie

    Nice try but a fail.. The plot sounded interesting plus the mc being able to fight should have made this book awesome except it was poorly executed. Too repetitive storyline and the mc constantly got beaten up or taken prisoner. No romance whatsoever. There was one kiss which was dry without chemistry. Got boring after awhile. No characters development. What a disappointment. Can't continue on this series. Same plot for book two with the mc getting cornered and being taken prisoner again. Nice try but a fail.. The plot sounded interesting plus the mc being able to fight should have made this book awesome except it was poorly executed. Too repetitive storyline and the mc constantly got beaten up or taken prisoner. No romance whatsoever. There was one kiss which was dry without chemistry. Got boring after awhile. No characters development. What a disappointment. Can't continue on this series. Same plot for book two with the mc getting cornered and being taken prisoner again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    BlebeTanja

    A surprisingly enjoyable read. Can't wait to read the sequel and learn more about this magical and mysterious world! And I am really surprised more people didn't read this book. Read it, people!! A surprisingly enjoyable read. Can't wait to read the sequel and learn more about this magical and mysterious world! And I am really surprised more people didn't read this book. Read it, people!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Full review: https://girlswithguns.org/hidden-drag... Mei is pitched at a nice level of ability: competent, without being super-powered, and there’s a lack of significant romance which is pleasant. There is a spell in the middle which edges towards the dreaded urban fantasy love-triangle, before it backs off – at least, for now… Jaye does a decent job of building a world lurking just beneath ours, with the standout scene perhaps being Mei’s retrieval of the box from a pawnbroker, who is also a co Full review: https://girlswithguns.org/hidden-drag... Mei is pitched at a nice level of ability: competent, without being super-powered, and there’s a lack of significant romance which is pleasant. There is a spell in the middle which edges towards the dreaded urban fantasy love-triangle, before it backs off – at least, for now… Jaye does a decent job of building a world lurking just beneath ours, with the standout scene perhaps being Mei’s retrieval of the box from a pawnbroker, who is also a collector of magical artifacts and… things. But safe to say, I think I prefer my fantasy considerably less shrouded in mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gilbert

    Decent Fast moving and action packed urban fantasy that jumps from moment to moment, barely slowing then to breathe or let the heroine consider her situation. As passengers to her adventure, we witness the highs and lows that smack her, including the gut wrenching realization that trust is far too fragile in this world. Pros: - Intriguing concept. - Plot moves at a quick clip. - I like the FMC... I think. Hard to tell. Very little introspection. Cons: - her dad? Ugh. Just ugh. Not the main villain, Decent Fast moving and action packed urban fantasy that jumps from moment to moment, barely slowing then to breathe or let the heroine consider her situation. As passengers to her adventure, we witness the highs and lows that smack her, including the gut wrenching realization that trust is far too fragile in this world. Pros: - Intriguing concept. - Plot moves at a quick clip. - I like the FMC... I think. Hard to tell. Very little introspection. Cons: - her dad? Ugh. Just ugh. Not the main villain, but definitely a villain of the heart. - Sometimes TOO fast.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Janka H.

    Magic under pressure. Can Rilla be a Ringmaster for the Carnival? Or will the role go to sly Blago or his handsome son Jack? They don't know anything about Carnival, not with Blago leaving 30 years ago. But Rilla is weakened by the recent death of her beloved father, the former ringmaster. And his death is possibly a murder. How to help others with the Gift, when ine seems not to be able to help even themselves? But Carnival is the one who is going to choose...if they find the saboteur between them Magic under pressure. Can Rilla be a Ringmaster for the Carnival? Or will the role go to sly Blago or his handsome son Jack? They don't know anything about Carnival, not with Blago leaving 30 years ago. But Rilla is weakened by the recent death of her beloved father, the former ringmaster. And his death is possibly a murder. How to help others with the Gift, when ine seems not to be able to help even themselves? But Carnival is the one who is going to choose...if they find the saboteur between them till the decision-making moment. First half is fantastic. The fresh new world, interesting coming-of-age questions, believable tensions between people, relatable characters. But after the first half - ironically, after the Harlequin moment - all went downhill, from sizzling to boring. It is unsettling, because I truly enjoyed the first part and because the authoress obviously has the vivid imagination. Fingers crossed for the courage to go deeper the next time!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Too much Despite my love of the previous books and the carnival world plus characters, this one was a mess of too much happening without any payoff. This book had a ridiculous amount of subplots and the time flow was way off even with the magic element. The absence of any reference to Zephyr or Maddy despite the major roles of their partners felt wrong, too, especially since a huge deal was made in The Gift about Maddy's connection to Garth and magic even before they were officially together. Add Too much Despite my love of the previous books and the carnival world plus characters, this one was a mess of too much happening without any payoff. This book had a ridiculous amount of subplots and the time flow was way off even with the magic element. The absence of any reference to Zephyr or Maddy despite the major roles of their partners felt wrong, too, especially since a huge deal was made in The Gift about Maddy's connection to Garth and magic even before they were officially together. Add in Celestine and Sam making poor decision left and right along with more Veronica escapes and I'm kind of just over it despite lingering curiosity. There were some good moments, but there was just too much crammed into the book and that's BEFORE the random character intro less than 10% from the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Great fun but . . . Much as I loved Zephyr's return and everything about his relationship with Missy, it felt a little clunker than previous books. The new carnival was horrifying yet beautiful, and I loved the contrast against The Jolly-Knight, but it sometimes felt like an information dump was happening. However, Veronica was a perfect villain and I loved the growth of Jack with regards to understanding his role in the carnival and how he affected others. It's nice to see he didn't become perfe Great fun but . . . Much as I loved Zephyr's return and everything about his relationship with Missy, it felt a little clunker than previous books. The new carnival was horrifying yet beautiful, and I loved the contrast against The Jolly-Knight, but it sometimes felt like an information dump was happening. However, Veronica was a perfect villain and I loved the growth of Jack with regards to understanding his role in the carnival and how he affected others. It's nice to see he didn't become perfect overnight and I look forward to seeing the new ideas incorporated into future books. Onward to book four!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Heidtman

    I love stories set in carnivals or circuses, preferably scary or magical ones. The Jolly Carnival is magical, as is the story of Rilla, Jack, Garth, and the rest of the crew. I did think there was a bit too much of Rilla's insecurity at first, but it still wasn't enough to make me stop reading. Later I saw that it had been necessary to show how much she grew and matured into a self-confident ringmaster capable of sharing with the man she loved. The ending was perfect in that it left the story op I love stories set in carnivals or circuses, preferably scary or magical ones. The Jolly Carnival is magical, as is the story of Rilla, Jack, Garth, and the rest of the crew. I did think there was a bit too much of Rilla's insecurity at first, but it still wasn't enough to make me stop reading. Later I saw that it had been necessary to show how much she grew and matured into a self-confident ringmaster capable of sharing with the man she loved. The ending was perfect in that it left the story open for the second book, yet completely wrapped up the story in the first one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    T.

    I purchased Hidden Dragon during a .99 cent promotion. A good story line with a lot of fighting action and running/hiding from the enemy. Some surprises and plot twists kept me reading. Not quite a cliffhanger, as the book ends in a good place, but it's obvious there is more to to story. Not sure I'll continue reading as I prefer more proactive heroines, rather than ones who are reactive once caught. The story could easily develop in a direction where Mei takes more control of her fate, but at t I purchased Hidden Dragon during a .99 cent promotion. A good story line with a lot of fighting action and running/hiding from the enemy. Some surprises and plot twists kept me reading. Not quite a cliffhanger, as the book ends in a good place, but it's obvious there is more to to story. Not sure I'll continue reading as I prefer more proactive heroines, rather than ones who are reactive once caught. The story could easily develop in a direction where Mei takes more control of her fate, but at this point it seems she is too reliant on others.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angelique

    WOW! Who knew a random pick from a swipe would lead to such an adventure? This book delivered everything that I never knew I needed in the world of magical circuses. I absolutely loved the characters who felt real and fleshed out with struggles, flaws, and insecurities that weren't just for show. Rilla was a great character who showed how grief can be a hindrance and a help while Jack was an amazing example of someone finding their place with next to no clue which made him a perfect foil to Rilla WOW! Who knew a random pick from a swipe would lead to such an adventure? This book delivered everything that I never knew I needed in the world of magical circuses. I absolutely loved the characters who felt real and fleshed out with struggles, flaws, and insecurities that weren't just for show. Rilla was a great character who showed how grief can be a hindrance and a help while Jack was an amazing example of someone finding their place with next to no clue which made him a perfect foil to Rilla's expectations. I can't wait to start the next book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angelique

    Amazing! I've never been a fan of instant connections, but it worked for Garth and Maddy's story. I loved the idea of someone so inherently tied to the carnival finding love with an outsider who lacked ties of her own. The multitude of connections between them and the role their bond played with Hugo, Simon, and the events made the magic feel even more real. I loved the new ideas presented like blessing magic plus the last quarter of the book with the Winter Spectacular head my heart rate and anx Amazing! I've never been a fan of instant connections, but it worked for Garth and Maddy's story. I loved the idea of someone so inherently tied to the carnival finding love with an outsider who lacked ties of her own. The multitude of connections between them and the role their bond played with Hugo, Simon, and the events made the magic feel even more real. I loved the new ideas presented like blessing magic plus the last quarter of the book with the Winter Spectacular head my heart rate and anxiety up. I'm a little worried about Missy, though so onward to book 3!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Hilliker

    Ringmaster=New storyline! If you love paranormal, but tire of vampires and werewolves, this is a refreshing series! Instead of different takes of classic ideas, you have a carnival that guides its own as they have a long history of granting wishes to feed the magic. If you're more into the story, this is AWESOME fiction. If you're in it for hot and heavy erotica, not for you. Trudi Jaye is very quickly becoming one of my go to writers! Ringmaster=New storyline! If you love paranormal, but tire of vampires and werewolves, this is a refreshing series! Instead of different takes of classic ideas, you have a carnival that guides its own as they have a long history of granting wishes to feed the magic. If you're more into the story, this is AWESOME fiction. If you're in it for hot and heavy erotica, not for you. Trudi Jaye is very quickly becoming one of my go to writers!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aurelia Casey

    This story has everything: magic, the circus, death, mystery, drama, romance. It's seriously awesome. If you like paranormal romance you'll love this story. If you love urban fantasy thrillers, you'll love this story. I really related to Rilla, the main character, because I've had those times when nothing makes sense and your usual talents/skills seem to have deserted you. Also, the ending was wonderful. But that's all I'll say about it. You'll have to read it to find out why. This story has everything: magic, the circus, death, mystery, drama, romance. It's seriously awesome. If you like paranormal romance you'll love this story. If you love urban fantasy thrillers, you'll love this story. I really related to Rilla, the main character, because I've had those times when nothing makes sense and your usual talents/skills seem to have deserted you. Also, the ending was wonderful. But that's all I'll say about it. You'll have to read it to find out why.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Slow start but robots! Unlike the previous books, I wasn't sucked into this one from the first chapter. Henry and Few were great characters, but I didn't get into the story until they went on the run. Mostly I missed the carnival and even cameos by the other characters weren't quite enough to make me love it like previous books; however, I did like the ending and the robots were a favorite part of mine with all their quirks. Onward to book five! Slow start but robots! Unlike the previous books, I wasn't sucked into this one from the first chapter. Henry and Few were great characters, but I didn't get into the story until they went on the run. Mostly I missed the carnival and even cameos by the other characters weren't quite enough to make me love it like previous books; however, I did like the ending and the robots were a favorite part of mine with all their quirks. Onward to book five!

  23. 5 out of 5

    DeeDee

    Very Interesting I'm impressed with this book. I picked this book due to the carnival plot and I thought it would be cheesy but I was wrong totally didn't know what was going to happen. Definitely want to read the rest of the series Very Interesting I'm impressed with this book. I picked this book due to the carnival plot and I thought it would be cheesy but I was wrong totally didn't know what was going to happen. Definitely want to read the rest of the series

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Vella

    Her first book was amazing and The Gift was the same, Jaye creates an amazing world with colourful characters that grab hold of you from the first page and don't let you go until the end! Her first book was amazing and The Gift was the same, Jaye creates an amazing world with colourful characters that grab hold of you from the first page and don't let you go until the end!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read

  26. 4 out of 5

    mirba

    Unusual urban fantasy that is very well written. Nice setting, nice rules for magic, good world building.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    3 & 1/2 stars rounded up. This was a decent read, it hooked me into the story pretty quickly and had me reading until I was done with just a few breaks. The flow was sort of a rollercoaster ride, it would be fast & furious in places & others dragged on. There were a lot of places that could have used more info as to what was going down, I think this would have helped the story solidify for me. It's definitely a very, very slow burn. If it weren't for the single kiss, I might have thought that thi 3 & 1/2 stars rounded up. This was a decent read, it hooked me into the story pretty quickly and had me reading until I was done with just a few breaks. The flow was sort of a rollercoaster ride, it would be fast & furious in places & others dragged on. There were a lot of places that could have used more info as to what was going down, I think this would have helped the story solidify for me. It's definitely a very, very slow burn. If it weren't for the single kiss, I might have thought that this wasn't even going to have romance. Mei was an interesting character, for being so prepped for worst case scenarios all her life, I kept thinking she was doing stupid things that made no sense for the amount of special training her mentor/handlers gave her to survive. I few times I didn't like her very much, and I really felt I didn't learn much about who she is by the end other than she can sometimes kick butt, and has been on the run for her whole life & is a dragon. Seth, well he seems to mostly be the strong silent type who thought this job would not help his career advance, I didn't really learn a lot about him in this book to decide how I feel about him in the end. The end was definitely a cliff-hanger. So I'm not sure I liked this enough to continue on with the series. I'll have to give that some consideration.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Spinneretta

    Cliffhanger Alert! This is the first in a series about Mei, who has lived her entire life in protective custody, where apparently people from a group called the Earthbound are trying to kill her. When a new agent is assigned to her protective team, things come to a head. Mei has to live until her twentieth birthday, but no one wants to tell her why. It’s a complicated story, and I don’t want to spoil it, but I shall say a few things: It’s a fast paced, well written trip, but a lot of what’s going on Cliffhanger Alert! This is the first in a series about Mei, who has lived her entire life in protective custody, where apparently people from a group called the Earthbound are trying to kill her. When a new agent is assigned to her protective team, things come to a head. Mei has to live until her twentieth birthday, but no one wants to tell her why. It’s a complicated story, and I don’t want to spoil it, but I shall say a few things: It’s a fast paced, well written trip, but a lot of what’s going on leaves not only Mei, but the reader in the dark! That’s not to say it’s bad or that you don’t learn anything, because the truth is that it’s actually very good, and some BUT not ALL of the secrets are revealed. If you enjoy fantasy or urban fantasy with hidden heroes, secretive backgrounds and more, you’ll enjoy this one.

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