In Girl in the Shadows, we meet Moira, the daughter of a single Vegas-Strip magician, who wants nothing more than to be one of the top female magicians in the industry, but her father is dead set on her never practicing magic. Ever. Knowing that her father will never accept her dream unless she proves to him that she’s good enough, Moira leaves to audition for Cirque American, an amazing magician circus, where she eventually learns that she possesses the power to wield real magic. Unless she can learn to control it and figure out the difference between reality and magic, Moira’s dream and life are at stake.
Moira was my favorite thing about this book! Her drive to become a magician, even though the odds were stacked against her because the magic world is mostly dominated by men, was truly uplifting and empowering. Almost infectious. I felt myself easily relating to her, and I really liked her a lot.
One of the downsides was the romance angle—very flat. Moira and Dez had that “insta” love thing going on, which works sometimes, but not here. It felt forced. I loved Moira and really liked Dez as characters. Just not together.
This story is filled with adventure, magic, fun and excitement, but only in certain parts. It actually took me a while to get into this because after about chapter two I started to get bored and didn’t care much for some of the characters so I started skimming pages. But toward the middle it started to pick up and get good.
Overall, it’s a good read, but it wasn’t great. It had such potential, but the execution wasn’t there.
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.