Meh. This was recommended reading in one of my writer’s magazines and I’m not sure why to be honest. I picked it up at Barnes & Noble several times but never purchased it because of my uncertainty so instead, I checked it out from the library. It was the right choice.
The characters are generally interesting, definitely unique, and each notably flawed. However, I found some of them very difficult to relate to. Others, who I found most interesting, were underdeveloped and received far less time than others.
World building in Church of Marvels was satisfactory and one of the few aspects that kept me engaged in the story. I would have preferred more about the carnival sights and sounds and definitely more about the shore.
Plot-wise, there are some excellent twist and turns that keep the story alive. Still, the cadence was so uneven that it jarred me from the story on more than one occasion. I can’t discuss much more than that here without giving up spoilers but if you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
The Verdict on Church of Marvels
The ending was subpar in my book. This sad, gritty, painful story ended more like a fairy tale than a novel. Disappointing. I give this 3 out of 5 top hats.