Saturday, September 10, 2011
Her mom is dead.
Ghosts follow her around.
Her best friend is an elephant.
And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret.
When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the über-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction.
Let the chase begin.
My thoughts: 2 of 5 Stars
Sleight had a great beginning but fizzled out half way through the story and never got better. I liked Gemma and her family and the fact that the story is set in the circus. I thought the love story was good at first, but again, it didn't keep me interested. After Gemma's mother killed herself her family decides that, instead of traveling, they are going to stay in one city. Gemma has never attended public school and on the first day she meets Henry Dimitri, the son of the man funding their show. Gemma and Henry hit it off and a relationship starts to develop. Gemma can see ghosts and soon she will discover that Henry has a supernatural power of his own. Gemma and Henry learn that they are the only ones who can stop the man who wants to become ruler of the free world. I felt there was a lot of waiting to find out what Gemma and Henry were going to do and then at the very end it felt like a cat and mouse game. Through out the book I kept wondering where the story was going. Sleight is a series and while I'm not a fan of this book I will consider giving the second book a chance.