Title: Lions and Tigers and Boys
Author: Tawny Stokes
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to be sabotaging her progress.
The last thing Cai Coppersmith needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the new, cute shy girl. He needs to focus on trying not to shape-shift into a tiger on school grounds, and completing his mission to keep Dani from winning the school’s high-wire competition. In fact, the entire safety of OZ is relying on Dani not succeeding. But there’s something about the girl that draws him in. She has magic, he can feel it. So he’ll do what he can to protect her, even if it means pushing her away.
I’ll admit, the moment I saw the Wizard of Oz references, I requested this one without hesitation. I’m a sucker for Wizard of Oz, and I don’t think I’d ever read anything even vaguely resembling a retelling. Which, unfortunately, isn’t even what this book is. There’s really only a few nods to Oz, and I was expecting a bit more, I suppose. In general, I wish I liked this book so much more than I did, but my cons vastly outweighed my pros.
I’ll start out with what I did actually like, which is mainly the magic elements, and the circus/boarding school setting. I was actually really interested in the powers that are talked about, like Cai being able to shift into a tiger, which is seriously cool. I’m always a sucker for a boarding school type situation, and when you add circus elements, it’s even better, so the setting was a total win for me.
And now for the things I didn’t really care for. I didn’t really enjoy being in either Cai or Dani’s heads. There was just something I didn’t really like about either of them, which really caused a problem with me getting invested in their romance at all. It was very much instalove-y, and not liking either of the people involved just really made it hard for me to care. Not to mention the fact that this book is very romance heavy, and it more or less drowned out the magic bits.
All in all, Lions and Tigers and Boys was alright, but not really for me. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.