Review: GIRL ON A WIRE by Gwenda Bond

by Gwenda Bond
Published: October 1st 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Purchased - Audiobook

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.

Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather—an infamous object of bad luck—planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.

As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.

My Thoughts:

"Do you even know what you're capable of?"

Girl on a Wire is a familiar set of story elements set in a less familiar setting: the circus. The book is full engaging elements such as forbidden romance, generation-spanning family drama, mystery, superstition, and a girl's journey of figuring out who she is in the context of this unique world.

I can't imagine what Gwenda's research process was like for this. Did she watch a lot of American Horror Story: Freakshow? Maybe she visited Barnum and Bailey or perhaps a Cirque du Soleil show. Either way, I was hooked throughout the story not only because of the mystery surrounding the circus culture but because of the depth of the characters. Jules, our main character, is on a journey to rebuild her family's image while also trying to figure out how the heck they ended up being second rate even though they're top notch performers. 

We meet Jules as she's trying to make a name for herself while also redeeming her family name. As the book opens, she's run away to show off what she can do and successfully secures her family a place in the top circus, despite that she'll be paired with longstanding rivals, the Flying Garcias. Jules is steady and I enjoyed getting to know her. I also really loved her wardrobe and decided to put together a look inspired by her! 

Jules is a skeptic, despite the superstition held by those around her. I mean, really...How could her Nan be the cause of all the bad things that have happened in the past and are there really such things as magic good luck charms? I'll leave that to you to figure out but Jules personal, romantic, and mystery journeys are definitely shaped by everyone's ideas about magic and what has taken place. You'll find yourself nervous as she waltzes across the wire. You'll bite your nails as the mystery unfolds. You'll find yourself with feels as Jules and Remy develop together. I consider myself a Valentine (a fan of Jules) and can't wait to see what she gets herself into in Girl in the Shadows! 


  1. Ohh awesome review this one looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! Plus I haven't read a book set in a circus yet, but I am so going to remedy that hopefully soon. Thank you for your great post.

    1. You'll have to come back and tell us how you like it! We will be reviewing the second book next week so stay tuned :)


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