The Circus Rose

The Circus Rose Review

A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

Title:The Circus Rose
Edition Language:English

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  • megs_bookrack

    Thank you, Clarion Books, for my ARC! I have been anticipating this for a long time!!!Original: For Your Consideration: ~ Queer Retelling of Snow White and Rose Red .~ Twins are awesome.~ A C...

  • Katerina Kondrenko

    4 out of 10 Okay, the language and atmosphere are WOW. But what I've just read?.....

  • Lou

    The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell is a queer young adult retelling of one of the most popular fairytales of modern times: the cautionary tale of Snow White. When it was described as ”perfect” in t...

  • Cande

    I was incredibly excited for The Circus Rose when it was announced, I very much enjoyed Betsy Cornwell’s debut when I read it the first time. And this book is set in the same world, where magic and ...

  • Stacy Fetters

    "No memory is ever quite as you left it, no matter how carefully you lay it away."Lately, I've been such a whore for circus books. If it has something to do with a circus or an act or even a family, I...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    My circus family. I missed them so much, and I mourned them.And by heaven and earth, I was going to get them back. On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, wlw li, bi mc, nonbinary li, bi side characters, s...

  • Susan

    Full Review at Novellives.ComThis shouldn't be starred. Seeing the ratings plummet for Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell plummet when I went to update my progress on Goodreads, really makes my heart break...

  • Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group - Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my...

  • Taylor Knight

    I read Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell years ago when it was first released and I loved it so much. I hadn't gotten around to picking up her other releases but when I seen the synopsis for The Circus Rose...

  • Kal ? Reader Voracious

    Hi, yes. I am here for this queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” and need it in my hands immediately. Thank you. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest...