December 26, 2012

Review: The Mumbo Jumbo Circus (Mumbo Jumbo Circus, #1) by Jane George

If you enjoy stories by Diana Wynne Jones & J.K. Rowling, you're in the right neighborhood. Look over there. Magic. Mystery. Mayhem. The MUMBO JUMBO CIRCUS...
When the enigmatic Ringmaster asks 15-year-old Evanja (Evan) Leane to run away and join the circus, she says yes. Anywhere’s got to be better than foster home Number Eight. Evan learns that this ragtag circus, a haven for throwaway teens, relies on more than spectacle and illusion. This circus is built on magic. Each of the teens possesses a donvrai, a true gift, that manifests only in the presence of the Ringmaster’s mysterious Ju-Ju. Unlike many of the other teens who must wait for their donvrai to emerge, Evan’s gift surfaces on her first night: she can read horses’ minds. This would be totally awesome except she has been deathly afraid of horses since foster home Number Three. But circus is a dying art. If Evan wants to save her beloved new-found home, she must concoct a brilliant horse act that will bring in the crowds. And she’d better get over herself and get on with it fast; there’s a traitor close to the Ringmaster who will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn’t succeed.
This book is a wonder! All the main characters are so thickly outlined its hard to resist their journey. A rarity of a new kind. Anger seemed to be the only feeling I had when I was forced to stop reading. Immediately the plot and features of this book placed it on the list of books I would read again!  
Publisher-Red Willow Publishing
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Emma
Thank you to the Author for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Emma! I'm so happy you enjoyed The Mumbo Jumbo Circus. And thanks to Lora too for all her work with Read For Your Future.


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