Saturday, March 02, 2024

#BookReview: The Family Fortuna by Lindsay Eagar

Synopsis: Lindsay Eagar’s dazzling YA debut welcomes us backstage at the Family Fortuna circus, where wonders lurk in wait to steal your breath away. You won’t believe your eyes!

Beaked. Feathered. Monstrous. Avita was born to be a star. Her tent sells out nightly, and every performance incites bloodcurdling screams. She’s the most lucrative circus act from Texas to Tacoma, the crown jewel of the Family Fortuna, and Avita feeds on the shrieks, the gasps, the fear. But when a handsome young artist arrives to create posters of the performers, she’s appalled by his rendering of Bird Girl. Is that all he sees? A hideous monster—all sharp beak and razor teeth, obsidian eyes and ruffled feathers? Determined to be more, Avita devises a plan to snatch freedom out from under the greased mustache of her charismatic father, the domineering proprietor and ringmaster. But will their fragile circus family survive the showdown she has in mind? By turns delightful and disturbing, bawdy and breathtaking, horrific and heartfelt, this electric and exquisitely crafted story about a family like no other challenges our every notion of what it means to be different—subject to an earful of screams—and to step out of the shadows and shine anyway.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: This cover was wasted on this story. The opening lines were horrible and it just got worse from there.  The characters were fine it was the writing that really killed this one.  The word usage for this one felt like the author was trying to be lyrical but it just came off as super weird.  


Eagar (The Patron Thief of Bread) presents a resplendent family saga set against the backdrop of a traveling circus. . . . By combining a beguiling premise with sinister ambiance, complex characterizations, and arresting, literary-leaning language, Eagar presents an absorbing read that examines the effect of familial pressures and conflict on one’s mental health and self-perception.
—Publishers Weekly

Full of gorgeous monsters and fallen angels, rich language and deep longing, 
The Family Fortuna is a feast of a book. I swallowed it whole.
—Alix E. Harrow, New York Times best-selling author

Eagar perfectly balances both the sublime and the wretched in this talon-sharp look at what it means to be a performer—and a family. 
The Family Fortuna will linger in your heart long after you leave their circus.
—Kiersten White, #1 New York Times best-selling author

Heartbreaking, irreverent, hilarious, grotesquely gorgeous (or is it gorgeously grotesque?), and ultimately triumphant—
The Family Fortuna paints an unforgettable picture of a dazzling circus, a messy family bursting with equal parts love and resentment, and most beautifully of all, a girl finding the courage to accept, embrace, and celebrate her true self. Words aren’t enough to describe how much I loved this weird, fantastical, exquisitely crafted book. It has my whole heart.
—Claire Legrand, New York Times best-selling author
  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lindsay Eagar is the highly acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Hour of the Bees, Race to the Bottom of the Sea, The Bigfoot Files, and The Patron Thief of BreadThe Family Fortuna is her debut novel for young adults. She lives in the mountains of Utah with her husband and their two daughters.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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