Sleight by Jennifer SommersbySleight by Jennifer Sommersby


byJennifer Sommersby

Hardcover | April 3, 2018

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The greatest treasure, a most dangerous magic.

Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who mystify and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.

That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.

As they reel from the tragedy, the Cinzio Players are also grappling with the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark history. And with the discovery of an otherworldly inheritance and her perilous mission to protect it, Geni is suddenly stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to see. As the visions around her grow stronger, and her magical legacy becomes even more menacing, Geni is not sure who she should trust or love. Worst of all, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.

Title:SleightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443418854

ISBN - 13:9781443418850


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but Slow I was excited to discover that Sleight was not only written by a Canadian, she's also local to me! I jumped on the chance to read it. Sleight is not a small book but for the most part I really enjoyed the story. The descriptive details were beautiful and helped me visualize the circus life. Even the unpleasant memories and the supernatural encounters were vivid. Though on occasions the story dragged the imagery to the overall story channeled a mystical experience. I sympathized with Genevieve a lot. Not only did she lose her mother but she's thrust into an unimaginable position with no prior knowledge. She didn't fall apart but stayed strong. Her constant questioning was a little repetitive but her confusion, resentment and especially the raw fear felt very authentic. Geni had some awesome people in her life to help alleviate some negativity. The circus crew was a big supportive family to Genevieve but Baby, her almost father, gets a special mention. I'm so impressed with this guy. His fierce loyalty and protective instincts rescued Geni from numerous dangerous situations. He's as fatherly as they come. Even when it came to boys ;) There's a small budding romance that was cute to see. Much of the mystery in Sleight revolved around knowing who Genevieve’s enemies were and how to keep them away. Since the possibilities were laid out from the beginning there wasn't much detective work to do. That was my biggest issue with the book. The villain was so easily identified it took away any tension I held. I wanted to be shocked by the reveals but they were slightly predictable. I know some readers prefer knowing but I personally like being able to guess. I'm hesitant to continue the series because of its slower pacing and writing style but at the same time I do want to know what happens next. I'm curious enough that I've added the sequel, titled Scheme, to my TBR. Hopefully the pacing will pick up and the story will deliver!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book is a 3.5/5 for me. It's wasn't great but it wasn't the worse. The plot of the story is interesting. But I couldn't get into it much. I would recommend it for younger teens rather than older ones.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good read The book starts off slow however, it picks up around 100 pages in. It is a good read and I defintely pick up the sequel the next year. Things I loved: -Genevieve, Henry, Baby, Dagan etc; CHARACTERS -SETTING -Some of the humor Things I wasn't keen on; -Too much information told at once. It started to make things confusing (especially near the end). -Some of the dialogue didn't feel realistic. -Some of the descriptions.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RUN, don't walk! If you grew up loving Harry Potter, this is a wonderful addition and twist on the world of magic. I couldn't put it down! Read through it in 2 days, and now regret that I ate it up so fast.
Date published: 2018-05-14

Editorial Reviews

“Genevieve’s grief is profound . . . necessary fuel for the scary, magical quest that she must undertake.”