The Carnival Keepers Review

Title: The Carnival Keepers
Author: Amber Gulley
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication Date: 10 October 2016
Source: YA Bound Blog Tours
Format: E-book
Pages: 296
Rating: 1 Star
Reading Timeline: 18 July 2017 - 19 July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

It's 1879m and James, a time-wasting escapist, is trying to win a bet. His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father's prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic. But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallow's Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting to pounce and lead him unwittingly towards a destiny he could never have imagined.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This books sounds so good. Like seriously! I absolutely love reading about carnivals and they also tend to be really good reads. I mean I loved, loved The Night Circus and I really enjoyed Freeks. So this book is already starting on the right side. I also figured that because of my love for fictional carnivals and carnies, I would sign up for this review opportunity hosted by YA Bound Blog Tours and see where this book takes me. 

Thank you so much to YA Bound Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book to review! I am really excited for this one! Just a small disclaimer to those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money has been spent on my half in acquiring this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own!

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book wasn't bad but it was just over descriptive in a majority of what I read. It is also what added to my overall confusion of what was happening. The author did put in a lot of effort in showcasing who were the poor and who were the rich through dialogue. Those who were poor spoke with less syllables and often sounded a bit odd whereas the rich spoke more fluently and had more of a revised and proper way of speaking.

Plot Thoughts:

I had absolutely no idea what was going on at all. There was someone who was murdered and then there was a carnival and someone was trying to get something. I seriously have no idea what else to say because I was so confused.

Character Thoughts:

Due to the fact that I read so little of this book, I won't be commenting on the characters.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I was just too confused to continue. I knew who was who but I just couldn't understand what was happening. I spent a majority of my time reading this book trying to decipher what exactly was going on. There were just too many point of views slotted in and too many random occurrences happening for me to read further. Thank you to YA Bound Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. I wish I could have gotten through it but unfortunately things don't always work out...

Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


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