ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
You can find this review and others on my Goodreads here
Lately I have been on this odd New Adult binge where I just wanted to read all the books New Adult and if wasn’t New Adult then there was no way I was going to read it. SO you know, I went to NetGalley and brought forth all the New Adult books. I requested some titles and then what do you know….
I get them all.
Carnival was eh, one of the five or so I requested and had by far the prettiest and sexiest cover so duh I went to read this one first. Of course I had my moments with the book because it either had what I didn’t want or the plot didn’t go as I planned it all in my head.
I finished the book pretty quickly and found myself actually liking the book, yeah it wasn’t the best New Adult book out there but I liked it enough to want to read the sequel (so I hear that there is a sequel anyways).
Basically this book is based on a girl, Charlie, who is packed and ready to go and live her life in college though she begins to second guess herself and her decisions. She then starts to try and give herself her own choices and that leads her to sleeping with a total stranger she meets at her local carnival. His name is Blue.
Blue is the mysterious, gotta get to know type of guy and the more you try to get to know him the more mysterious and deeper his personality seems to be. Of course this is what leads the two characters to get to know each other and begin to fall in love and their adventure into the world begins.
I honestly had some half and half emotions about this story, half I really enjoyed and the other half um, not so much. The beginning is what I liked most, Charlie’s voice in the story pulled me in and immediately I was laughing at her witty sarcasm. Her pull to Blue is what peaked my interest as well, their odd relationship blooming from the start. I also applaud the author for making the female protagonist NOT a virgin despite this being a New Adult book.
Charlie Blue’s relationship was fun and cute however as they and the story progressed I felt as it started to go downhill and I began to feel confused about it all. There were lots of random drinking for me, too much trying to find out who the hell Blue really is and then drugs. I do not mind reading about the main characters doing drugs and whatnot but I thought these characters were better than that, at least from what I read about them in the beginning.
Other than that I am intrigued to see how the next book will live up to Carnival. The ending surprised me a bit, cliffhanger-ish and a little confusing but leaves the reader with enough understanding and interest in the sequel.
Thank you NetGalley and to the publishers for approving me for Carnival, I give it 3 stars! Thank you readers for reading and I will have another post up soon,
Over and out.