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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine

Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
Publisher: Prime Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (255 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin…

Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic.

That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape.

But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes.

Two of Tresaulti’s performers are trapped in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the Circus apart, just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now they must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within…

There is a unique condition you have to agree to before you can join this circus; you have to die first…

The author weaves a tale from the past into a circus in the present time and it’s a complex tale with many characters, all of whom have an important part to play in this story.

The history of the circus is interesting, and most characters joined up to have a sense of family, a place to belong and enough to eat. They all seem to have a past with mental and emotional wounds that haven’t healed. No one is very outspoken about feelings in the book, but you, as a reader, get interested in them and care about them, just like the boss does.

Ms. Valentine does a very good job of creating a dystopian future where things aren’t always what they seem. She creates conflict both internally and externally for the circus and its members. When the Boss and Bird are taken away by soldiers and the Prime Minister, young George is forced into a position of leadership he’s not ready for yet.

As the circus members nervously decide what action to take, you can feel the tension between the two factions and the uncertainty of what to do and how to do it. Their fears and disappointments are expressed very well. This author makes her characters live.

The story has a good flow to it, is an enjoyable tale, and while it’s fantasy, you want to believe every word. What a magical circus world! There is also a potential for a sequel to this story and I hope the author does write one. I want to know what happened to Bird… see, I told you you’d care about the characters!