Angel on the Ropes An incomparable trapeze artist who lives to fly is about to hit the ground hard Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives hobbled by a life threatening secret She s a leopard one of the spott

  • Title: Angel on the Ropes
  • Author: Jill Shultz
  • ISBN: 9780984889228
  • Page: 335
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  • An incomparable trapeze artist who lives to fly is about to hit the ground hard Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives hobbled by a life threatening secret She s a leopard, one of the spotted humans wrongly accused of being a plague carrier Leopards like her are hunted by zealots to protect their offworld colony from the scourge Despite this threat, AmandinAn incomparable trapeze artist who lives to fly is about to hit the ground hard.Amandine Sand walks a high wire between two lives hobbled by a life threatening secret She s a leopard, one of the spotted humans wrongly accused of being a plague carrier Leopards like her are hunted by zealots to protect their offworld colony from the scourge Despite this threat, Amandine spends her days guiding other leopards to an underground shelter run by the pacifist Seekers At night, with her own spots hidden, she takes to the air, the one place this extraordinary artist feels free and gloriously alive.When the persecution of leopards explodes into widespread violence, the Seekers demand of her time But her circus is teetering toward bankruptcy and desperately needs her, too She has no time to breathe and then she meets a stranger who leaves her breathless And might just be the biggest risk of all If her trust is misplaced and she s unmasked, everyone she loves and everything she s fought for could crash.In her darkest hour, Amandine must draw upon everything she s learned from the circus and Seekers to bring peace to her fractured society Can a reluctant angel fly beyond her limits to save her life, her love, and her world

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    1. I downloaded Angel on the Ropes from Net Galley and read that the protagonist is a leopard. This led me to the conclusion that she is a shifter who changes into a jungle cat. I'm definitely open to reading about shifters. It's become a very popular feature of urban fantasy. So I thought that the central character, Amandine, lives in a future society where the prejudice du jour is against people who can shift into leopard form. I also wondered if she had a prehensile tail that would let her swing [...]

    2. I was carried away by this book well, I can say I was always excited to get back to it, which doesn’t happen a lot. I LOVED the sci-fi world she built. The romance was decent. The class-struggle didn’t bother me. And the writing was lovely.What is this book about? I would say the first thing is that it is about class-struggle between the leopards — people with spots and discolorations, thought to be diseased — and the Plaguellants, a religious order deeply committed to wiping out any dis [...]

    3. Amandine lives on Penance, a Dyson sphere orbiting a sun far from Earth. She is a circus performer on the trapeze. Perhaps her strength and athletic ability are enhanced by her being a leopard-person; this seems likely but the emphasis of the book is on her altered appearance with spots and blotches of colour such as one white eyebrow and one dark spot on her cheek. She has to wear heavy makeup to hide her true nature from priest-like thugs who hunt and kill any deviants. Leopard people we are t [...]

    4. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Jill Shultz’s Angel on the Ropes. Despite its good press, I was at first only moderately interested. I was so wrong. The book was fantastic! The world building was incredible and very intricate. At first I thought the parenthetical expressions were telepathy; then I caught on that they were sign language. The layers of conflict were so dense I did not believe a solution could occur. While not all of the disagreements were resolved, the book ended on [...]

    5. (I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)2.5 stars. I enjoyed some parts of the story, but others almost made me give up at times, especially in the beginning (not enough for me to drop the book, though).The circus routines are described in marvellous ways, and I found it easy to picture them, even though I'm not too familiar with such performances. They didn't seem repetitive either, and I could feel that the author had done her research and put a lot of care into makin [...]

    6. Angel on the Ropes takes place on Penance, a space colony orbiting Earth, and focuses on the trials and tribulations of Amandine Sand. She’s a brilliant trapeze artist who’s been with the Cristallo Circus for seventeen years. Unfortunately, she’s also a leopard, which means she was born with spot-like birthmarks all over her body—a condition that many incorrectly associate with the spread of the dreaded plaguepox virus. Although the Cristallo Circus has secretly provided a haven for its [...]

    7. The cover is what drew me into reading this book. It is quite simply a piece of art. The colors and complexity of it just take my breath away. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book. The writing was well done and I could easily slip into the story and explanations of characters were smooth and fit well with the story. What caught me was how confused I felt at first with what was going on. The details of Penance – its society and landscape – felt too little and I was often left [...]

    8. I won an advance reading copy of this book on GoodReads, and I am glad that I did. It is a very inventive and creative story that takes place within such a rich environment that, at first, I was a bit confused about all that was going on. It took me awhile to get a handle on the world of Penance, where Amandine Sand is a trapeze artist who has to hide her true self. The circus references and details were fascinating; clearly, Jill Shultz has either always wanted to run away and join the circus, [...]

    9. Set in the far future on another world, the novel explores prejudice in all its varied forms, through Amandine, a trapeze artist. The world of Penance is fully realized with good descriptions of the life forms and how people found this world. The different factions on Penance are set up believably and lines drawn quickly. Amandine is lots of fun to follow, through her circus act, with her circus family (poor Bix) and Seeker family, to finding true love. A fun way to spend several hours and the s [...]

    10. Título: Angel on the RopesAutor: Jill ShultzEditorial: Auto-publicadoSinopsis: Una trapecista incomparable que vive de volar está a punto de chocar duramente contra el suelo.Amandine Sand camina una cuerda floja entre dos vidas, en problemas por un secreto mortal. Ella es un "leopardo", uno de los seres humanos manchados erróneamente acusados ​​de ser portador de la peste. Leopardos como ella son cazados por los fanáticos para proteger su colonia extraterrestre del azote de la enfermedad [...]

    11. Amandine Sand is a leopard, a person born with spots, discriminated against because of the misguided belief that leopards carry a plague. She is also a trapeze artist. Amandine lives a double life, in the spotlight of the circus, with her spots carefully covered by makeup, and working for the Seekers, helping other leopards get to safe houses. When she meets a man who takes her breath away, if she isn't careful, both her worlds could be in danger.This book made me wish I knew more about the trap [...]

    12. A futuristic sci-fi set on an earth colony planet telling the story of a woman trapeze artist leading a life of secrets- forced to pretend because her real self is unaccepted.Amandine is a leopard- a human born with spots which many humans fear makes her a plague carrier. The plague fear has led to the rise of a religious group set on 'purifying' the human race by wiping out the leopards and living 'pure'. Another religious group known as the Seekers are the Quakers of the future. Then there are [...]

    13. This book is about a trapeze artist, Amandine Sand, who has a secret – she is also a leopard!When I first started reading this book I was quite taken aback by the leopard revelation. I thought at first it was maybe a children’s book that I had accidentally requested to review. After I read a few more pages I realised the story was a futuristic, sci-fi/fantasy tale.The story follows Amandine as she performs at the circus and helps her own kind, the leopards, find safety with the help of a gro [...]

    14. I originally read the synopsis for this book on a Librarything member give away, which I applied for. My initial fist impression was ooh sic-fi futuristic version of The Night Circus with leopard shapeshifters. And of course I was completely and utterly wrong. Then I got excited when I found the book on Netgalley with a read now available. And as it turned out, I won the librarything member give away too. As it turned out my interpretation of the synopsis was wrong, but that didn't matter as I f [...]

    15. I rarely give 5-stars so you know I must have lived this book. Interesting world-building. I liked the main protagonist. The romance was appropriate. I was fully immersed in it while reading. I did have to take breaks at times because of the depth of the material although a suspect many readers will be able to read it for enjoyment only. The book has a lot of heavy topics in it if you focus: genocide, bi-sexuality, religious intolerance, health care systems, monogamy/polyamory. The author obviou [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book I received as a Librarything member giveaway. It's a fantasy/sf novel set in the new world of Penance with the main character, Amandine, an aerialist par excellence in the circus. In Penance, the author has created a brave new world with some innovative ideas about families,society, relationships and health care delivery. Amandine is a 'leopard', so called because she has large blotches of discolored skin which she must conceal with make-up to be allowed to avoided bei [...]

    17. What an unusual read though I found myself returning to pages trying to figure out what was going on during the beginning it all came to life finally. The author took a new species and new world with a totally different look on life and opened it up for you. Very creative and imaginative. As they were speaking of leapards I kept wondering what disease this reminded me of! and of course the character is shunned in the story almost as badly as soomeone with this disease would be. If you can get th [...]

    18. This was so different to what I have read before that it took me some time to decide what I thought of it. Armandine had me hooked from the first page and all the other characters leapt of the pages to fascinate and intrigue me. Even the odd gestural language used and the many pages of descriptions of trapeze acts was not enough to diminish my enjoyment of the story. Put it on your to buy list for June :D

    19. This was a very enjoyable story that grabbed my attention early on and kept it with well fleshed out characters and a well developed story line. The author took the time to research and apply what was learned in the story. It's refreshing to feel you are reading about actual people instead of flat cut outs. Received an advance copy thanks to First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

    20. The book is a wonderful story! There are the elements of circus, prejudice causing persecution, the difference between various world views and an interesting romance! There are many surprises that I didn't expect that made the plot twist and turn. This made the book interesting and drew me in. I look forward to reading more books by this author!

    21. Met Jill today at the Trapeze Experience in West Palm Beach FL It was a pleasure and can't wait to start reading the book.

    22. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.I rated this novel wartyTE: UNHIDDEN SPOILERS AHEAD! ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!This novel started out well, but in the end lost my favor and never regained it. I found myself skipping page after page in the last 30 - 50% because it just wasn't inte [...]

    23. There's a lot in this book, inventive world building, a three-dimensional heroine with inherent conflicts and a multi-strand plot which includes class structure, bankruptcy, personal jeopardy, health care, ecological disaster, political unrest and a love triangle. Yes, that's a huge amount for one book to cope with and at times it seems almost too much, and not all the strands are resolved. The setting is a human colony on Penance, a Dyson Sphere created by (now long-gone) aliens. Amandine is th [...]

    24. I broke all the rules again and picked a book for the prettiness of its cover. The colours and intensity caught my eye and I immediately requested it for review before even glancing at the blurb. Naughty, I know.The first chapter was intriguing and drew me in. The sort of slightly confusing disorientation that you get at the start of any book set in an alternate world or time was gentle and I settled into it fairly easily, interested to learn more.Then the story jumps forward in time and I lost [...]

    25. Within the confines of the circus performance, ANGEL ON THE ROPES brings forth the magic. Scenes involving complex stunts high up on the trapeze with circus partners, Jango and Amadine, are so breathtakingly written that I forgot I wasn’t watching a live performance. Half the book occurs under the high tents, yet not once did I ever get the sensation that the performances were repetitive, mechanic, or boring. While the performance aspect of the book blew me away, the book lacked in other areas [...]

    26. Other reviewers have noted that “Angel on the Ropes” contained a lot of creative ideas; trouble is, to use a circus metaphor, the author tried to juggle too many balls at once, and overall the book suffered as a result. Science fiction often serves as commentary on the present, or human nature in general (think Star Trek), and the core themes of “Angel” – the dangers of religious zealotry and willful ignorance, the value of non-violent solutions, the need to be true to oneself – are [...]

    27. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.In the Earthern colony of Penance, Amandine has no other choice than to keep a great secret: she was born a leopard. There are spots in her skin that resemble symptoms of a disease that plagued humanity, spots she must hide. After all, the same people who say leopards carry the disease are the same people who won't regret killing them. Purity is all that matters. And so, Amandine hides her spots under layers of make-up and the [...]

    28. In Angel on the ropes, Amandine who accepts herself as a leopard not only should turn as a successful trapeze artist but also has to take the role of an angel(that's why the title is Angel on the ropes) to save their financially struggling circus which she does towards the end of the story.To be honest, i wasn't really able to get into the story well. It is because Jill Schutz kept me guessing the story throughout the novel.What was the main drawback of this wonderful novel according to me is th [...]

    29. I only read about 15% of the book, so I don't think it would right for me to rate it.(This is based solely on the amount I've read.)The world wasn't explained very well- and it really should have been, considering how different it was [the main character was a 'leopard'(?) girl]. This was really the main reason for not finishing it- I had no idea what sort of world it was, what was happening, etc.Apart from that, the first chapter had her doing a lot of trapeze moves which sounded amazing, but t [...]

    30. Angel on The Ropes, by Jill Shultz. fantasy/sci-fi The story-line is creative but a little difficult to follow. It tends to jump back and forth into lengthy scenarios with various characters which can be hard to follow. However, The main character, Amandine Sand, is detailed and likable. She becomes more complex as she grows within the story. She works for the circus and is what is refered to as a leopard, which she tries to keep hidden. It is mistakenly belived by many, leopards carry a disea [...]

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