Blog Tour: Review: Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

Welcome to my stop on the Girl in the Shadows Blog Tour byGwenda Bond and hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review, there is also a giveaway so be sure to enter.

Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

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Girl in the Shadows takes the urban fantasy genre and took it into the world of illusion. Combining the world of stage magic with real magic.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this novel, I wanted to read it as I was intrigued by the premise but if I’m honest I wasn’t sure if this was a novel I was going to enjoy, in reality I have no interest in stage magic and illusions, so reading this book was quite a risk.

That being said Gwenda Bond has created an interesting world and I found myself being drawn further into Moira’s story the more that I read and the more tangled the story became.

Desperate to become a stage magician like her famous Father, Moira goes to audition for the Cirque American, while there she discovers she has real magic, something she never knew existed, she had thought real magic was a myth, something that unscrupulous tricksters made up to fleece people. But now she is in danger from a secret society of people who keep real magic to themselves, one of whom is her Mother who she has never known.

I became thoroughly entwined in Moira’s story, not knowing who she should and could trust. Whilst she was trying to work out what was happening and how to get these people away from her as the Cirque travels around America and trying to avoid her Father finding out where she is, I understood her very mixed feelings.

The illusions she carried out were really well described with Moira’s real magic weaved through them for an added touch of danger and wow factor.

This is a really interesting and enjoyable book. I will definitely look out for more by this author.

Thank you very much to Gwenda Bond for a copy of the novel to review this book honestly for the blog tour.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Gwenda Bond - Author ImageAbout Gwenda Bond:
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She’s also hard at work on some secret projects you don’t know about yet.

Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

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TitleGirl in the Shadows
SeriesGirl on a Wire #2
Author: Gwenda Bond
Genre: Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Magic
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: 5 July 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 382
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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