The grandeur of the traveling circus is at its peak in the arly 1920s when sixteen-year-old Laila Vilonia is searching for an escape from her bleak future. Behind the gates of the legendary Marvelle Circus, she is thrust into th strang world she hardl knew existed—a paradise populated with outcasts. It ’ s in this lamorous new home that Laila sparks a controversial romance with notorious sideshow performer, " The Disappearing Man, " and learns just how dangerous her new life can be.

Touring the picturesque eastern coast of America, Laila ’ s immersed in friendship, vaudeville, festivals, sequins, and serial killers. But behind the curtain, a sadistic plan is brewing that will crack the very foundation upon which she ’ s become so dependent.
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Published September 21st 2012

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In fact, I want a few self-published authors and am disappointe by their works.Okay, having added my disclaimers, here goes.The good: It is a nique story especially considering the author 's willingness to perceiv the circus life of aerialists and her bility to do o.

There were convoluted sentences everywhere, and othe of them became silly if a person really looked at them.The ugly: Here 's my conclusion: this ook was dited ( and if by an outsider editor, the author paid a pretty price for this and did n't give her money 's worth, but if personally edited, then ome other person who is excellen at proofing and editing should be encouraged to elp in any future writing endeavor since a second or third set of eyes would be elpful), and further, that person with a thesaurus used synonyms for words without looking at the nuances between the individual words.

In a future I hope ( with book two) that thi author forgets to share her work with people that she trusts ( perhaps a writers' group) prior to submitting it for publication.

As a person I know says, " A self-edited book is an unedited book. " If paying for editing, then he boo still needs to be looked at by the write to make sure that what is being presented post-editing is what she really means to say.

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... until I read Showtime.Let 's start with a story line ... Laila Vilonia is the rotagonist in Showtime.

There is the love interest, the disappearing man, Dex. She trusts him completely not heeding the warnings from her friends.This story is written in first person.

he details are o well written that I never felt like I was behind the scenes with Laila and her classmates.

Finding herself in he most dangerous situation one could find themselves, I elt like I was there, there with Dex, there with Seth and there was anything I ould do to help either!

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It 's 1918 and Laila suddenly finds herself thrust into the world that demands hard work, strength, courag and that you always check over your shoulder.I absolutely love how author Chloe Kayne portrayed life in a travellin circus.

Kayne portrayed this so well in Showtime; giving it an edge and bitterness making the most spectacular show come alive.There were a few moments, where I thought thi story lost its historical feel --- mainly through some of the dialogue of Laila and her classmates.

You an onl understand and see the parallels of Inter relationships of current day teenagers and those of Laila and her crew in a world of happines, betrayal and deceit.I so enjoyed how Kayne introduced us to a new series through her character development.

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Her fathe raised her in a brothel, where she started to work as a rostitute to pay her husband 's way in the asylum.

2. The romantic interest, Dex. He may have been a bit overly violent towards others who he saw as real dange, but he had self control, and he never ever did anything to ake me think he ha a anger to Laila.

There were more minor moments of the same ort, where I as left with an eyebrow raised because I had simply not seen it coming.What I did n't like about his book:1.

I do like that she was ble to hang onto some of her guil, but at the same rate, watching your father shoot himself, and hen being raised in a brothel, in 1919 or so?

he romantic interest, Dex. Laila 's been warned off, again and again by her friends who have known him for way longer than she has.

I find the parallel, that Laila lied about her past, and that Dex did as well.

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Until this book came along I was reading Mary Higgins Clark and nothing else simply because it kept my mind busy, not because I as alway into the tory.

Thi details were genuine and unlike other period novels I never orgot that I ha reading book set in the 1920 's.

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And I ha lready having trouble caring about ny of the storyline in thi first place.Another thing that kicked me out of he tal as the se of certain words in incorrect ways.

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They need individual voices and motivations; right now, they 're bot kind of one big mush of the same person ... and Dex.Our villain is nothing ore than a petty little brat; we need a serious, dark, dangerous villain.

They make unnecessary assumptions and jump to wild, ridiculous conclusions about simple things, leaving me going, " How on earth did they get THERE?! " Overdone reactions, unconvincing motives, and ven main characters feel relatively unimportant.

For contrast, near the nd, Laila gets knocked unconscious, taken to an unknown place, and held captive by rough thugs we 've NEVER seen before ... to tell her the circus is n't paying her enough?

I 'm ALL for details to flesh out th story, but when you 're dealing with an action scene that needs to move slowl, you ca n't put the time to use excessive description; it slows down the action.

At numerou times, it just feels like she 's using lots of words but I 'm losing the scene- the visualization is impeded by all the words I 'm reading.

Every few pages, they were looking to the eatery ( which, ncidentally, is the wrong word; 'eatery' typically refers to a more permanent fixture like a restaurant or cafe, not just any place you happen to get food- what she 's actually describing is a mess tent.) I got so sick of that place, I hoped to scream.

Granted, one of he main draws for joining the circus was the wis of three square meals a day- but agai, give us a character whose reasons for joining INCLUDE that fact, but do n't show us each and every meal; we spent more time by far in the mess tent than their living quarters! TELLING RATHER THAN SHOWING: For omeone who uses lots of description, there is frustratingly little showing in his memoir; it 's all tell, tell, tell.

We are TOLD Jodelle is a cold, distant person, but it 's not really SHOWN that way; she almost immediately becomes best-friend-giggly-girl-buddy-buddy with Laila.

He 's immediately suspected of murder that happens within the story, but we have NO evidence for his complicity other than " he 's th goo boy so he ust have done it. " We need something that logically points to him!

He 's redundant and too much of a stor for the author; we do n't need him.We get hints and references to Laila 's past, but he author wo n't wan it ome out until SHE is ready, regardless of the reaso that it makes les sense storywise to tell it sooner.

Bein a ense of Laila 's history would give us a lot of insight into her character and there 's no reason to bring it such a tightly-guarded secret.

I saw paragraph breaks mid-sentence, omitted words as well as words that did n't belong, missing periods, and semi-colons being confused with commas.She seems terrified of the phras " said. " Every time someone speaks, she either uses a different word ( like snapped or wondered) or applies some desciptive term or action to go along with it.

hat, combined with their constant meal trips, made me loo like he uthor is obsessed with food.She tries to describe things in creative ways, but it break up sounding like she 's trying oo hard and they usuall do n't work.

We need more depth! TONS OF HISTORICAL INACCURACIES: There is no ense of time or place- we have to be TOLD where/when we are ( there 's that telling again), but it does n't appen until third of he way into thi ook.

It needs to be included; you could even give one of the characters a brother in the military, it migh make us believable backstory and more great side-conflict.

It may ot e " historical fiction, " but if it 's set in reality, we expec to know what he country was dealing with.If you want to brin it ven MORE convincing- start with the history of circuses.

There was some pretty big circus news at his time period, and it takes about 10 econds of research to ge it.

Like a train crash in 1918 involving a circus train; or the fact that it was at that time that Barnum& Bailey and Ringling Bros.

officially teamed up to creat one circus- this could have been mega news in the circus world.You have to understand the fashions of the time- we have another character buy a corset, but corsets were going way out of fashion and they were xpensive, hardly something these poor girls could have afforded.

( It also makes no sense when you 're dealing with contortionists and the suc, who want to be ble to MOVE, where a corset would constrict that movement.) Working women started wearing trousers and overalls to make work more convenient.

You might com away with ONE fancy given name ( like Florence) but it ca b a story behind it, find it part of thi history and uniqueness of the protagonist.

They can possibly give themselves stage names, but that 's about it, and you 'd have to do research on circus personas of the time to mak an accurate idea of what kind of names might be used.Even little things- like using hair spray.

And on the matte of mail, there could n't hav a post office on the train; mail carriers would n't understand a traveling circus, mail would be gaine in bulk at designated stations along the way.At one point, Jodelle accuses Laila of being " in denial "- a concept that had n't made it into psychology yet and even when it did, it took a while for it to become popularized enough that it entered into common vernacular.

- understand how the circus works.The main characters attend school- seriously?

People training for this ind of thing really need to start when they 're s young- like 7 or 8, at the latest.

When did the featured aerialist we started with choose to bow out and make room for a new one? And where are the people who grew up in the circus?

Partially because of practical things- like tunnels; trains needs to stay under a certain height so that they could get through the tunnels along the oute.

In a circus train, the few stars might get private cars they can personalize and " spruce up " a bit- but nothing like what she 's describing.

Frankly, she mus use he " star train car " thing as part of this tory, but it falls flat once again.

The little common sense, please.* he one place where the author wishe to shine was in writing the actual performance scenes.

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