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Original idea and strong lead but otherwise unremarkable
on 13 April 2014
There are a couple of things that Lionboy does very well. It possesses a very unique premise and contains a very strong male lead. However, beyond this it has a lot of problems.
Firstly, this novel is marketed as having appeal for children and young adults but personally I don't see it. It's a children's book, plain and simple. The language and plot structure are far too simplistic to have any real appeal for an older audience.
The pacing is painfully slow in places. Although the start and end of the novel are fairly exciting, the long middle section aboard the circus ship is very slow and repetitive. The same events seem to happen again and again, leading me to feel as though they are padding.
The secondary cast of the novel is also incredibly forgettable, both human and feline. Most of the circus crew blend into the background while Charlie's parents behave so childishly that it makes me question if the really could ever have obtained their degrees.
The concept of this novel is interesting enough, if you're curious, but beyond this the story is largely forgettable.