I'm surprised I liked this at all. Old-timey circuses freak me out. Clowns, freaks (contortionists *shudder*), abused animals, and calliope music. What's not to be frightened of? Which is why I was so hesitant to pick this book up in the first place. Also, for whatever reason my mind won't stop combining this title with another. I keep calling it Like Water for Elephants
, which, if you ask me, would have been a good title as well, but whatever. Four stars.