Saturday, 5 July 2014

Carnival (Arc)

Written by: K.B. Nelson
Published by: Patchwork Press

Charlie should be packing her bags for college, but the life ahead of her isn’t one she’s certain she wants. Maybe that’s what led her to sleep with a perfect stranger at the county fair. Finding out he was a carnie was like winning the bonus round of the world’s worst game.

Blue grew up in the carnival, never staying anywhere long enough to call home. He never thought of himself as the type to seduce a local, let alone fall in love with one, but his impulsiveness got the better of him this time. He should go where the carnival takes him, but for the first time he’s not sure if he wants to follow.

When he makes the decision to stick around, Charlie eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole; into a world with no regard for consequences or regret. Most of all, he shows her that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling they can create and share. For a price. Because the higher the roller coaster goes, the faster it all comes crashing down

My Rating: 3.5/5

I was given this ARC in return for an honest review from Patchwork Press through NetGalley. My first thought was 'Oh wow! Look at that cover!'. It's just so pretty! Then the synopsis/blurb caught my attention because it seemed to be my cup of tea. Carnival is the first book in a really addictive series and after the first one I will definitely be wanting to read the rest. 
"I'm Blue." "I'm Pink," I say with a laugh as I reach out to shake his hand. 
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, other than the normal contemporary context, so I was surprised by the writing style as it quite sarcastic and witty. Plus the romance in the book seems to start very fast which was why it took me a while to get into the story because I was trying to connect with the characters more. It just seemed to be a bit rushed, there wasn't any build up. Everything seems to be too quick, the falling for each other part and then the other action parts to the book just seem to be thrown at them, like everything happening at once. 
"I want to say your love is my drug, but I think I'm all cheesed out." He smiles and it's a relief.
Out of the two main characters, Blue is my favourite. While I like Charlie, I found it really hard to connect with her, how she was so judgmental towards 'carnies' and wanting to hide their relationship in the beginning half of the reason being because he was in fact a 'carnie'. So I just didn't like her as much as Blue. Blue on the other hand,was so cheesy, it made me constantly smile and really lightened and sweetened the book. He's not perfect and he was pretty reckless, but that's all part of his charm. Your just cheering for him to be better to make things right. I would just love to take a peek into his mind and see the whole thing from his perspective. 
"Well, then, I think I'm in like with you, too."
Overall, this book is really addicting. I'm not completely head over the hills in love with it, because I felt as if the story was rushed and you didn't have time to fall in love with it, but I couldn't seem to put it down, it was just too addicting. I had to find out what happens next. There were parts where I was completely surprised and parts where I felt as though it was slightly predictable, but that didn't lessen the moreish feel I got from it. I was never totally disappointed so I think it is fair to say that I will definitely be wanting more of this series when they are released. And here's hoping there will be a book in Blue's perspective! Because who couldn't say no to that?