After reading a few reviews on this book, I have to say I wasn't sure that I would ever want to read this book. After reading this book, I can't believe I could have missed out on such an enchanting book. The discriptions of the circus were breath taking and very vivid. While reading I could picture myself walking from tent to tent. Each character was so well thought out. Even the "villian" of the story stole my heart because they had their own stories to tell. I loved how the storyline went past to present. Just knowing that the two were on a collision course to meet made me unable to put the book down.