Carnival by K.B. Nelson
Expected publication: July 7, 2014
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
Review by Lesley
Charlie is supposed to be leaving for college with her best friend, but she's still dealing with the
aftershocks of her parent's divorce and isn't sure what she wants for her future. All she knows is she
doesn't want to go to college right now and that she doesn't want to get back together with her long
time boyfriend Dylan.
On a whim, she takes a solo adventure to the local county fair, where she meets a boy with the most
beautiful eyes she's ever seen. Everything about him is exciting and intriguing, even his name, Blue.
She realizes that he's a carnie, a gypsy, someone that will probably never settle down, yet she can't help
her attraction to him and does something completely against her standard behavior and sleeps with
Blue has traveled with his dad and the carnival for several years but finds himself wanting to stick
around for the first time ever if it means being with Charlie. His cousin and uncle live in town and he
decides to stay with them for awhile instead of following the carnival. And what a small world because
Blue's cousin is the best friend of Dylan.
The turmoil that Charlie and Blue face as their relationship progresses is just like a wild carnival ride.
The question is will their relationship be strong enough to ride out the highs and lows or will it spin out
of their control.
KB Nelson did a great job in writing this book. I felt like I really got to know Blue and Charlie because of
the chapter's alternating from one's point of view to the other and despite their unusual meeting and
resulting feelings for each other, I really was rooting for them. I wasn't a huge fan of the heavy drinking
and drug use that was prevalent throughout most of the book, but I do recognize that it probably would
have been a whole other book had it not been a part of their story. There were definitely a few twists
that I was not expecting so it made for a very interesting book and I could not put the book down,
because I just had to keep going to see what was going to happen next.
I received a complimentary ARC of Carnival in exchange for an honest review.
This is an ARC. Buy links will be added on July 7th.
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