I really wanted to love this book. I love a good circus story plus add magic to it... what's not to love? The story was slow and extremely descriptive. Normally a descriptive book would be my cup of tea but this time it just dragged everything out. The feeling of suspense was lost within the fantastic descriptions of just about everything in the circus. I felt very close to the actual scenery but not that close to the actual characters from within. I liked this book but didn't LOVE it. I believe the author has great potential but needs to work out the balance between the speed of the plot and the denseness of the descriptive wording.