I received this book for free from Entangled Teen, YA Reads Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lions and Tigers and Boys by Tawny Stokes
Series: A Book of OZ #1
Published by Entangled: Crave on January 8, 2018
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Entangled Teen, YA Reads Tours
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The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to be sabotaging her progress.
The last thing Cai Coppersmith needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the new, cute shy girl. He needs to focus on trying not to shape-shift into a tiger on school grounds, and completing his mission to keep Dani from winning the school’s high-wire competition. In fact, the entire safety of OZ is relying on Dani not succeeding. But there’s something about the girl that draws him in. She has magic, he can feel it. So he’ll do what he can to protect her, even if it means pushing her away.
This is a paranormal romance, with mixed-PNR. It has shape-shifters, wizards, witches and other paranormal being that haven’t been explained yet.
This is part one of a serial, but it hasn’t been mentioned anywhere. In fact, I had to do a bit of research on the net to find out the name of this series. It has a huge cliffhanger, that shocked me and made me take out an entire star of the review. I don’t love cliffhangers, but I don’t mind reading series in a serial manner. But I like to be forewarned by the author and/or publisher in advance so I know what I’m getting in to.
I have really liked this book and I find it different from most out there.
Addictiveness: This is a fun, fast read! It can be done in one-sitting and I was hooked from the beginning.
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5 I’ve really liked both Cai and Dani. They are easy to love, connect and understand. They are teens with depth and their struggles felt believable. They had a few not so great moments, but this immaturity is also part of the whole package of teenagers. There are some great secondary characters here as well. Overall, there is good character development through the story and it all felt real.
Cover: art 5/5, title 4/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 An obsession of mine are book covers. This one is great. Looking at it, I could guess teenager shape-shifter. With a catching title and subtitle, this is an easy choice to buy for me.
Freshness: This story is unique! Besides from the usual cliché of teen stories with a mean group at high school bullying others, everything else is different from is out there. Very creative! Not just any high school, but circus school. Not only teen angst, but teens with magical powers. It has been clearly themed by The Wizard of OZ, but is not a retelling.
Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 3.5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 2/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 3.5/5, twists 3.5/5 Good opening and bad ending. Very believable, even though is PNR. Normal teen angst, but also a few unusual ones thrown in. The dialogues are good and the setting is really great. A few twists with a good pace and my enjoyment was very high.
Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 4/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 1/5 The attraction is there from the beginning, but the relationship evolves in a good pace throughout the book. The romance is sweet and cute and not rushed. I’ve loved the couple’s first kiss, and how the author has built it up. It’s memorable!!! I love shape-shifters and I love the idea of mating for life.
Writing Style: I have really enjoyed this one. The writing is cohesive without typo mistakes. The world-built is really good and characters are multi-dimensional and real. They could be any of my kids and their friends, minus the shape-shifting bit. The author knows how to attract the reader and keep them guessing until the end.
- Plot: The end. Around 60% of the book, I started knowing this would have a major cliffhanger. There was still new subplots coming up in the story and not many explanations to all of my questions. I understand the reason for serials, but I always hope for an ending that might at least appease my curiosity. This doesn’t happen here. In fact, the ending is sort of abrupt.
- Plot: Maybe too many subplots and no many explanation. Besides the shape-shifters and Professor Marvin, I didn’t understand what sort of magical power the rest of “the crew” had.
Scintillating, unusual and cute! This would be my three word description for this story. I can’t wait to read the rest and I hope it doesn’t take too long for book #2.
Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoy paranormal. In fact, if you are into a bit of unusual, you should start reading this right now.
Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
Would I read more from the author? Yes. I like her writing style and her creative. I have already looked at her page to see what else is there.
You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy cute YA romance; you MUST read this because is UNIQUE!!!
I spread my legs into a straddle and flattened my torso onto the floor. This was one of my favorite stretches, as it really worked on the lower back. I was rewarded with a whole bunch of snapping and popping sounds when my spine repositioned. As I turned my head slightly to the left, I saw Cai walk into the studio. My belly instantly flip-flopped.
He wore a form-fitting dark blue tank top and baggy knee length shorts. He wasn’t football player big, but he was strong-looking with wide shoulders and trim arms that were cut sharp with muscles. He looked lean but powerful, and I imagined he could do a one armed push-up with little difficulty. He looked a bit like Eddie Redmayne, but with fewer freckles and redder, wilder hair.
His gaze flicked to me briefly, then he strode across the floor and found a spot to toss his bag on the opposite side from where I was. I tried not to make a big deal out of it. He was just sitting with the other sophomores. It wasn’t like he was avoiding me altogether.
I sat up and tried to catch his gaze, but he was talking with the boy stretching next to him. It was probably a good thing, because I needed to focus. I didn’t come to this school to chase a boy. I came to be the best high-wire act the world had ever seen. I came to make my mother proud.
Suddenly the lights flickered overhead. We all looked up to the ceiling to see our instructor Miss Gisele balancing on one of the high wires. She smiled and waved. “Bonjour mes beautés.”
She walked easily across the wire, and it hardly even moved. She then stopped, bent backward, and did a walkover. When she was upright again, she went onto her toes and did a pirouette. I gaped in awe. After another wave, she let herself drop from the wire and landed in the net beneath it.
She was weightless. Like a fairy dancing on a flower petal. That’s what I wanted to do, what I wanted to be.
“Welcome to OZ,” she said, her voice thickly accented. We all got to our feet. “In my class, you will learn to find balance. Not only here,” she held out her arms to her sides, “but in here.” She tapped her head, then her heart, then her stomach.