No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.
Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?
Remy Brunel may be only 16 years old but she is also an amazing trapeze artist also known as the ‘Little Bird’. But there is a secret life that she lives beyond the spotlight of the circus – a life of a thief. It is only when she is assigned to steal a famous piece of diamond that she uncovers a whole new world of treachery and conspiracies. On the other hand we have Thaddeus Rec, a young Scotland Yard official who is looking to catch the Jewel thief. When the two worlds of Remy and Thaddeus collide, we get a world with curses, conspiracies and chemistry.
The first thing about the book that is most likeable is its characters. I absolutely loved Remy and Thaddeus. Remy is such a fierce character that I instantly loved her for her strength. I would have loved to get colder into her mind. Thaddeus, only a couple of years older than Remy, balances out Remy with his stability. It is only once I put down the book and looked back at the story that I realized that they were just too young to play the characters assigned to them. The kind of reputation that Remy has built up in her few years of work is a bit too much too accept. Also, Thaddeus as a Scotland Yard official may be acceptable as a responsible person, but the amount of responsibilities handed off to him should usually go to a more experienced officer. There is another character, J, who is easy to like too.
The author has done an excellent job of portraying Victorian London. It was easy to get into the setting of the plot. The descriptions provided helped build vivid images of the settings and situations. The plot in itself was an interesting one with a circus, a curse, a bit of steampunk involved. There are a lot of aspects to this plot and together they form an intriguing piece. The author gets her grip on the reader right at the very beginning and keeps it on with her well set pace of the story.
There are few things that I didn’t really ‘get’ at all. For instance how Remy and Thaddeus fall for each other. It was just too abrupt for my taste. Also, things ‘conveniently’ fall into place for the protagonists throughout the book – too conveniently. Then there is the superficial aspect of the characters that I just didn’t like.
With its high ups and low downs, this book really makes for a rollercoaster ride. Overall, it comes down to an average of sorts where, you can pick up this book for a light time-pass read, but will not miss much if you give it a pass.