Suspended tells the tale of the Vagabond Circus, a place where dream travelers could be safe and be able to utilize their powers without fear of what the outside world would think. Things begin to change when a stranger joins the ranks and Dave changes the story of the circus to accommodate a new act. There is someone else creeping around the circus, attempting to take the life of the circus's ringmaster Dr. Dave. . Dr. Dave has two rules for the circus, only two, 1. Respect one another, 2. No relationships. Finley keeps himself a mystery which causes the others in the circus including his partner to have a hard time respecting rule number 1, and question his motives and why Dr. Dave allowed him to join the circus. Secrets become revealed and members of the circus begin to risk their lives to save the only home that they know.
I have really been in a circus theme lately (and am finding it hard to find more books with this theme). I was pleased with this book because I was not sure what to expect from it. I picked it up as part of a kindle daily deal and fell in love with it, I need more both from this series as well as Sarah Noffke. The cover is beautifully done and draws the reader into finding out more about the novel. The book starts off a little slow, but still pulls you in with someone lurking in the shadows. The book does end with a cliffhanger which left me almost screaming at the kindle screen.
I liked the dream traveler aspect of the story and wished this was utilized more, but I hope that it is in future novels. The characters themselves were interesting. I had a love/hate relationship with Findley, I wanted to like him so much but he was so mysterious even with his partner, Zuma whom I absolutely loved but could tell there is something more to her character that we haven't been introduced to yet. I am interested to see where Noffke takes Zuma's character. The phrases within this novel are what dreams are made of really, they are beautifully written and gives readers an insight to what's to come for example:
"Finley was a tornado, changing every second, beautiful and dangerous and unpredictable. But Zuma loved storms. Always had."
Does this tells us more about their relationship than we know? I get goosebumps re-reading lines I wrote down. It didn't seem like there was a dull moment, everything in the story lead up the suspenseful ending and revelations throughout the novel. Somethings can be predictable while other things are not like you know someone is out to get the circus but you don't know who (or what).
My hats off to Sarah for writing an excellent novel and leaving her audience craving more from her. I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves a good novel regardless of their normal genre. For a rating I would give this a 4 out 5 because I think more of the dream travel scenes could have been used such as during practice. Otherwise fantastic.