Asa is angry about how her life has turned out. She also doesn’t know how to control her anger so she goes to live in the country with her father to start a new life. There, she meets a group of teens that labeled themselves the Dirt Circus League and they invite her to join her troupe. Will she give up the life she just started or will she stay away from a group that the entire town is scared of?
Ummmmmmm so this book wasn’t really what I expected…. AT ALL! Based on the title and the synopsis, I was expecting a traveling circus troupe up to no good and the main character to become a part of their weird performances or something. That was definitely not the case and I was a little disappointed. I mean don’t get me wrong, I really liked this read in the end, but it wasn’t one that I was expecting. I guess it’s true what they say about assumptions right?
Other than the fact that there was NO CIRCUS, I liked the book. The beginning started out a little rough for me and it took me a minute to immerse myself in this book because I felt that there was no true introduction. The author kind of just threw us into Asa’s world and I was sort of confused on what was going on. We got absolutely no background on the main character so I was sort of taken aback.
I also didn’t much appreciate Asa in the beginning either. She was a little too aggressive for me so it made me just a little apprehensive.However, she really grew on me in the end and I enjoyed watching her evolve into a woman that literally gave everything to help other people. She had courage that I could never have and an attitude of pure bull steel. It was awesome and I ended up really enjoying her and the journey she took me on.
There were a lot of other characters in this book and I enjoyed most of them, but Quarter was not my favorite at all. UGH muscle heads and their bullheadedness was not attractive at all and I was so not on board with this. Their romance was so lame and disjointed from the story and didn’t make sense to me at all. They had some strange connection that was never really explained and Quarter was just not having any of it. I honestly think that this story could have skipped the romance all together and just stuck with paying attention to the bonds and relationships between all the female characters. It was just a great representation of GIRL POWER and I loved that way more than the romance. (I actually never thought I would ever say that, but here we are!
The plot of this book was ABSOLUTELY INSANE and it was such a world wind of creep factor and suspense. There was just so much going on and I wanted to know everything! I was just so engaged with the plot and the characters and the book world that I had to read the book in one sitting because I needed answers!! The mystery behind everything ended up being just a tad predictable, but I just really enjoyed it.
I absolutely LOVED the ending. I was so happy it ended the way that it did and I couldn’t picture it to be any better.
I am so grateful to NetGalley for my ARC copy and can’t wait to read more from this author!
My Book Rating
3.5/5 Book World
Dirt Circus League by Maree Kimberley
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published on March 30, 2021 by Text Publishing
Copy Read: ARC Ebook