It's sooooooo unpredictable. I sometimes am genuinely scared of the love interest. Sometimes he's the most swoon-worthy character, other times he's completely mad and manical. I love that I'm afraid of the character, I don't know if those two are going to end up together, or he's actually going to go mad and kill everyone, including her. Call me crazy, but I love it. Sep 07, Rhiannon Chillingworth rated it it was amazing. When I heard Kathryn's next series was going to involve a creepy carnival that steals pieces of people's memories and personalities, I remember thinking what a perfect setting it was for her type of book.
Luckily, I was right. First thing to get straight: this is a villain romance, as with all of the author's book. The main romantic interest is a lunatic and he does not have good intentions towards our heroine, Cora. Cora was an interesting character, and I found the dynamic of her life suffering from a medical condition that causes her chronic pain a really interesting one. Poor Cora does not have an easy time of it here, but she is strong, and while her brwka down is believable, I know that she'll get through it.
Add chemistry, freaky carnivals, interesting side characters, and you have the happen package really! I loved it and can't wait for the next. Aug 13, Rhosyo BW rated it really liked it Shelves: dark-villainous-character. A haunted Faire, lots of creepy characters, one special psycho, a sensible and sharp-tongued female main character, all in an adult setting? It was very refreshing to read a female protagonist that wouldn't go for the clueless and naive conduct-cliches so typical in MF.
She knows he is dangerous, and she acts as a mature, intelligent person would. When what, Simon? Step one, let go of my wrist. Step two, tell me what you were going to say. Not now, not ever. I was always expectant of his appearances on page. The banter between these two was so funny. It has some horror to it, some very funny bits and dialogs, and the beginning of what seems to be a very nice slowburn. The last chapters are very intense, this book does not work as a standalone I liked the premise.
I love circuses. All of it. And I liked the horror elements in this one. But the idea of reading not just one but 5 overwritten books in the series turns my stomach. It's a mix of the author's writing style with a lack of proper editing: essentially, the author repeats certain words or information over and over again. Cora's chronic pain, for instance. Obviously, chronic pain is chronic, so it makes sense that it comes out a lot. But the way it is done here is like the reader is an idiot and has already forgotten that Cora has chronic pain and needs a chronic reminder.
It would have been easy to just write something like this: "A wave of fatigue hit Cora as she longed to sit down, but the needle in her hip would make even that excruciating. Another thing that the author seems to "double-down" upon is Trent's homosexuality and Cora's exasperation with his hypersexuality. The problem with the repetition is mostly that it feels less like character building and more like info-dumps being shoved down reader's throats. Many passages in the book are like that - Cora's pain, Cora's job, Cora's lack of boyfriend, Cora's bssties - everything is sort of listed again and again until I was just sick of it.
In short: it's overwritten. An editor could easily fix it and leave us with a possibly great horror series. But I won't find out because I prefer my writing underwritten rather than overly done. He wanted to turn her into one of his dolls—whatever that meant—but he was captivating.
God help her, something about him caught her breath in her throat. He was monstrous. He was wicked. He was beautiful. He watched her with those fiendishly colored eyes, and she saw desire in them. She saw mischief. She wanted to know what he was planning…because she might want it a little bit, too. Think of a tad bloody and sinister version of Caraval. But it isn't anything like Ca 3. But it isn't anything like Caraval except for the carnival setting.
The Contortionist is the first installment in the Harrow Faire series and it's a fantastic introduction to this twisted and dark carnival. It's a fun, imaginative and fast-paced paranormal book with a dark backdrop that does its job at making some scenes chilling or outright creepy. Meet our heroine Cora Glass who was quite relatable to me and she had quite the sharp edge to her personality.
Cora has chronic illness and I like how the author gave her a proper representation rather than mention it once and never bring up how she has to live with constant pain. It's a factor that is almost always present. Come one, come all, to Harrow Faire, To greet your sweetest nightmare. Rejoin your dreams and memories, Of carnivals and reveries. Seek the truth in mirrored lanes, That show you all the hidden planes. Join us now, my friends, be brave— Laugh now.
Laugh long. Soon comes the grave. The world is lush and atmospheric that makes it seem like us, the readers, stepped into this world with Cora. The story played with my nerves a bit as the heroine was swept into games of manipulation and stumbled upon mysteries and secrets that should never be found. Did I mention that the carnival is a living being?
The carnival or let's say the Faire is it's own entiry. It's a man-eating-murder-circus as Cora would call it. The Faire has a void that needs to be filled and it will sto at nothing to draw Cora to it. The Faire wanted her…and it wanted to keep her for itself.
He found himself at odds with the very creature that kept him alive. Now comes the enigmatic madman and the sadistic puppeteer, Simon. He was so very wicked but so very intriguing. I really enjoyed his character the most. He played with my emotions as if they too were his puppets too.
His personality was rich in a way that it felt he encompasses so many personalities into one body. He was melodramatic but even that melodrama did not wipe away his evil essence. You did not forget that he was a monster. That what made him such a compelling love interest and villain. And when I say love interest I mean there is a spark that I know will become more in the next books. There is this chemistry between Cora and Simon that creates a very different dynamic between them.
Cora will need to take on the puppeteer and bring him to his knees. It may not be anytime soon but I look forward to continue the series in the future. This was a promising beginning and I'm curious to see where the story will go. Sep 19, Brittani Smith rated it it was amazing. We all love a little wicked.. Worth the read!!! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After you go thru the first 30 percent I guess you do get a little curious but see?
I found her ridiculously stupid and wanted to punch her when she was being so stubborn and skeptic esp after all that happened, she was still like"nO iTs AlL a Lie" and I am like NO hunny, the psycho literally came to you in your dreams and repeated 2. I found her ridiculously stupid and wanted to punch her when she was being so stubborn and skeptic esp after all that happened, she was still like"nO iTs AlL a Lie" and I am like NO hunny, the psycho literally came to you in your dreams and repeated that you called him sexy irl!
How much more creepy can it get? It does have a unique plot and as excited, I was to start this, this wasn't for me. Another thing that bothered me, I wasn't sure if the puppeteer was the H or not. That sudden attraction on both the sides made me uncomfortable bc I found the H I didn't like him. I found him dumb and OTT and a grade-A loser. He pissed me off just as much if not more with his stupid antics.
I did not find him sexy, neither his acts nor his looks. He was such a wannabe badaas and was sooo childish all I wanted to do was punch him hard, not get scared. Oct 30, Vintagebooklvr rated it liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy. A perfect read for this time of the year. Carnivals are a great setting for scary stories, particularly when there is a sociopath and a puppeteer and dark magic. Kingsley is very good at dark romances, though in this book there no romance, I can't wait to see what she has in store for her readers.
Nov 02, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-unlimited. A shame because the idea for the series is a good one. Feb 21, Zenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: shifters , reads , star-challenge , kindle , fantasy , magical-realism , ku , tbr , contemporary , romance. Loved it It took me A little bit to get into this novel, but once I was in, I was all in.
What a delicious world Kinsley has built in this series. I can not wait to move on to the next. Sep 19, Joyffree rated it really liked it. Welcome to the Faire Come one Come all! Feast your eyes on the bizarre, the impossible, the strange Here's your chance at a front-row seat Be warned though This is not a freak show for the faint of heart Cora is living life to the fullest.
Fine a bit more like oxygen in, oxygen out. Day after day the same tedious motions. That is until the day Cora's boring humdrum life suddenly became soooo much more or less if you take into account the entry fee. The day the dilapidated circus suddenly reappeared, Welcome to the Faire Come one Come all!
The day the dilapidated circus suddenly reappeared, reopened, breathed? Who doesn't enjoy a good freak show? Indulging in a bit if fair food? The cost? Just a moment in time, a memory Nothing you will miss. Oh Cora, you dear sweet girl - Cora has a chronic illness that has stripped her life of many of its simple pleasures leaving her in constant pain and settling for half a life. She has learned to adapt and persevere the best way she can. This fire and her disjointed view of the world catches the Faire's interest.
Run dear girl RUN! After being the lucky recipient of Cora's "flavor" of life Simon decides that he wants more. He wants it all. What Simon wants Simon gets. Kingsley never fails to deliver some of the most unique villain romances presented in the most vivid and fascinating worlds. And this first in series does not disappoint!
From the opening, you are seamlessly transported into the story. Surrounded by bright lights and a noisy atmosphere. The tension is almost palatable. Each new character bringing another unknown to the overall equation. This is a series so the overall story does not have a conclusion The stage has been set - The players introduced Sep 06, Bookworm rated it it was amazing. Wow, the story sucks you right in and gives you creepy chills and goosebumps.
Cora is a strong character and when the circus is in town she goes along with her friends to see. Unbeknown to her, the circus and its residents seem to be very interested in her. Lots of great charismatic characters in the circus which is intriguing and lots of mysteries. You know they all have a story and I'm dying to find out what it is. We get to meet the Puppeteer who is gorgeous and swoon worthy but also insane a Wow, the story sucks you right in and gives you creepy chills and goosebumps.
We get to meet the Puppeteer who is gorgeous and swoon worthy but also insane and terrifying. What is his plan There are other players in the story with their own agenda. Kathryn does it again, she draws you into her world and you don't want to leave. Reading this book is like going down the rabbit hole. I felt for the heroine, a part of me was like don't go there, you know you shouldn't and the other curious part was like go find out what is going on.
Brilliant start to a series, can't wait for the next one! I received this book as an advanced reader copy. Thanks KAK for letting me review. Sep 03, Christine Kingston rated it it was amazing. It takes place in a magical fair that preys on people's "specialness".
I absolutely love Kathryn's writing style. She has a way of creating dark romances that leave you desperately rooting for the bad guy to win the girl. Simon is a twisted character that finds himself completely enamored by Cora who is sweet and vulnerable. This book is action packed without any dull bits. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out as This book felt like Night Circus meets Nightmare on Elm Street. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out as this one doesn't finish the story arc.
This review is not compensated in any other way. I actually loved it so much I've purchased it. View 1 comment. Sep 08, Mary Jackson rated it it was amazing. Kathryn pulls you in from the beginning with Contortionist! The world of Hallow Faire is that of marvel and awe. Each particular character will make you feel some sort of emotion and wonder more of their backgrounds! The story keeps you on your toes while making you giggle along with the madness of the main characters.
I very much await the next book! Sep 16, Jennasis rated it liked it Shelves: dnf. I might come back to this book, but I'm not really sure. I fell in love with Kingsley's 'The Masks of Under' saga, and was so excited to read all of her other books!
Same general romance, same insane villain love interest, just in different times and settings. I love the writing, don't get me wrong, but I feel like I would have fared better if I had a year or so inbetween reading each series. Sep 06, Slee rated it it was amazing. Remember the time you were driving on your daily commute and you saw it: that one thing that was just entirely not the way you remembered it being, and you were dang sure that you didn't see the changes taking place?
That Mandela Effect feeling of "something is very wrong in the universe? Kathryn Ann Kingsley creates a glorious Remember the time you were driving on your daily commute and you saw it: that one thing that was just entirely not the way you remembered it being, and you were dang sure that you didn't see the changes taking place? Kathryn Ann Kingsley creates a glorious blend of creepy circus and carny freak-show with modern wit and skepticism.
I'd just go with an emphatic "do read," but it's more than that. Read it for the way Kingsley writes differently abled characters. Read it for the spider's web of atmosphere. And yet, on Clairvoyant , The Contortionist somehow do exactly that. For my money, The Contortionist is the greatest of the new generation of progressive metal acts. And if the trend of nearly exponential growth in maturity from album to album persists into the future, we will be looking at one of the greatest rock groups to ever grace our world.
At first I had mixed feelings about this. One one hand, The Contortionist completely abandoned djent roots down tuning and extreme metal, while on the other hand, they actually did it atmospherically right. In the end, I came to terms with it and listened to the whole album with a clear open mind and boy was I happy to do so. This album is just sad and intense. From Monochrome, you can feel a cloud of sadness above you, then a flicker a hope from the paino of Godspeed, to more intense metal from Clairvoyant and return to earth and ending with another sad monochrome.
It is unironically one of my favorite The Contortionist albums. Finally we see a djent album that is actually worth it. While Language 2 surprised me that the Contortionist are actually keeping some of their djent roots. Then songs like Thrive remind me of Expire back in Exoplanet album while Primordial sound is completely new. This is actually one of the Contortionists best works and should not be missed by any djent fan.
All in all I'd say that this album and band has the potential to break into a big commercial market, but I would never label it progressive rock or progressive metal. Recap: no doubt - one the candidates for Best Album of the As it amps up into heavy guitar and bass distortion it fits! It works. Then the song settles into a softer, almost nujazz groove, with some great guitar and keyboard interaction.
I haven't heard this creative and innovative keyboard work in years! Amazing subtle effects and contributions throughout--especially the restrained yet virtuosic guitar work. Michael actually lifts his voice in that last minute just before the guitar does the same. Really gorgeous transitions and chorus sections; nothing too difficult or abrasive but all played to group perfection. Also the most diversified and chameleonic song on the album.
Is he the new Maynard James Keenan? Just brilliant! Makes for a great tension between the two. At the song shifts, kind of cuts out, while a spacey, post-esplosion synth- concerto slowly builds and 9. Synth washes and sliding power chords finish off the first half before a piano-based, computer- paced section with Lessard saying "They're clairvoyant. It even gets a little djenty at times.
They'd impressed me enough to like them on Facebook, and I subsequently enjoyed the music videos from their album, Language. But, for some reason, I neglected to explore the band any deeper. That will all change with Clairvoyant. Not only has the band mesmerized me with their new nine-track disc, but it's continued to keep me mesmerized for a few weeks now.
While that might not seem like a big deal to most people, remember the roster of prog artists that have recently released albums: Caligulas Horse, The Great Discord, Leprous, Steven Wilson and Threshold.
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The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in , the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron. The official YouTube channel of progressive rock band The Contortionist. III and more of the band's heaviest catalog performed in one set for the first. The Contortionist represents fearlessness in musical expression, designed to please artist as much as audience. This band makes progressive metal music.