I hope everyone is well and safe! Again we are back with another #BBNYA2020 #blogtour organised by the wonderful Dave from @The_WriteReads. As always a massive thank you for having me on this tour.
Calico Thunder Rides Again came 7th place in the BBNYA competition. I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA tours organised by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own.
Title: Calico Thunder Rides Again
Author: T. A. Hernandez
Published: 5th of November 2019 – Sanita Street Publishing
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth…
Three years ago, the Ban changed everything, outlawing certain forms of magic and bringing about the rise of powerful crime syndicates. Now, speakeasies in every city sell illegal charms and jinxes, and bootleggers traffic restricted potion ingredients across the country. But even in this changing world, the magic of the circus still acts as a wondrous escape and provides entertainment for all.
Jake Strickland owns one such circus, inherited after an accident ended his career as a rodeo dragon rider. He also inherited the circus’ financial troubles, but since the show became his, he’s slowly managed to turn it into a profitable business once more. Or at least, that’s what he thought.
When a dangerous mobster comes to collect an old debt, Jake resorts to desperate measures to get the money before a strict deadline. With lives and livelihoods at stake, he battles the clock, his responsibilities to the circus, and a longstanding personal grudge that has festered for years. Can he pay back the mob before it’s too late?
I started out really not being sure on how I would feel about this book, the cover had me massively intrigued and wanting to read it. This being said I tend to find the idea of the circus incredibly creepy so I was not sure how I would find it.
The story itself reminded me a little bit of The Greatest Showman if it was more of a fantasy filled with magical creatures. We are following the story of Jake who inherits the circus from his father, and whilst there was a mask of everything going well with the circus, however behind the scenes that is not always the case. Jake’s dad is in debt and owes money to a lot of bad people. This soon finds Jake and the circus in a little bit of trouble.
We follow Jake’s story of how he is going to try and save the circus.
This being said this circus was different it was not poorly treated animals it was unicorns (Everyone knows that I love me a unicorn), griffins, dragons and so much more. It was incredibly easy to get lost in the story of the circus and the animals. I definitely found myself routing for the circus to be saved by Jake. I think the author has done an incredible job of making sure that you can feel how much Jake cares about not only the circus but the animals as well. (this earned the story massive brownie points with me.)
Does this book sound like one you would enjoy?