Circus of Shadows
Circus of Shadows is a YA Gaslamp fantasy sweet romance that can be described as Stephanie Garber’s Caraval meets a romanticized version of the 2006 film drama, The Prestige.
When seventeen-year-old Gracie Hart gets caught stealing a ride on a circus train, she expects to be arrested. Instead, she is offered a job as the new assistant to the circus magician and knife-thrower, Jack. He’s charismatic and genteel, but his aim isn’t perfect-hence the position opening.
The work is better than jail, but once Gracie starts performing with Jack, she begins finding threatening notes hidden in her costume. At first, she thinks she’s being haunted by the ghost of the last assistant, but she can’t shake the feeling that things are even stranger than they appear.
Plagued by reoccurring déjà vu, cryptic notes, and suspicions that Jack may not be who he seems to be, Gracie is swept into the supernatural secrets surrounding Vincenzio’s Circus Troupe & Menagerie. And when a second death is discovered in the circus, one thing becomes threateningly clear: if Gracie can’t figure out the mysteries under the big top, her next venue might be the afterlife.