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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: TBR List ~ Jan Review ~ Carnival of Secrets

Saturday, January 31, 2015

TBR List ~ Jan Review ~ Carnival of Secrets

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At the beginning of January, I posted 3 books I was interested in reading, for you all to pick ONE for me to read and review.

The book chosen for me was ~

Me having this book as one of my choices was a different one for me. I'm not at all into books about Demons or Witches. The reason I decided to try it was two fold ~ I love anything carnival (or CIRCUS or theme park or amusement park) and I love any kind of competition. Since the blurb mentioned both, I decided to give it a try.

Carnival of Secrets is about a variety of things, the "main" story being about Mallory a teen who was taught, by her ADOPTED father, that Demons are evil and she trains to defend herself knowing that demons may come one day for something her ADOPTED father stole. Now, if it were me and I KNEW I was ADOPTED and that my ADOPTED father stole something that he feared would be heavily sought, and he trained me to defend myself against these demons that may come for something so huge, I WOULD BE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW it was ME!!! That's the main thing I hate about this book. She's adopted, he stole something precious enough for all the demons to be after it. HELLO. Could it be more obvious? UGH! I really didn't like that part and of course I didn't like her "father" lying to her. I hate liars, with a passion, even in books. So yeah, that almost ruined the book for me.

The other part of the story about the competition, I did like. The "carnival" wasn't a carnival in the literal sense of one, but just what they called their area where shops were. The competition was neat and I did enjoy that part. I liked both Aya and Kaleb though they both have their secrets as well, it seems like no one in that book could tell any kind of truths, except for maybe Zevie.

I ended up giving this book 3 stars, because it was ok. I didn't hate it but I had definite issues with it. If it weren't for the competition side of it, it probably would have lost me early on and if what happens with what Kaleb did (ew) near the end, happened earlier, I would have probably given up on it. It was alright overall but didn't keep me interested enough to read more of the series.

Thanks to everyone who voted for books in January TBR List Poll. Come back next week to vote for books for February! (Spoiler alert about my Feb poll ~ it'll have books off of Epic Reads "365 Days of Ya" list, of which I've made a Challenge of sorts for myself. :) See ya next week!)


  1. Yeah that would annoy me, but it sounds kind of different and cool at the same time. :)

  2. Yes, that sounds very obvious to me too! And I hate when books are that predictable.

  3. I'm sorry Carnival of Secrets didn't WOW you, Karsyn. I was hoping it would as I have it on my shelf to read. Hopefully next month's TBR List winner will be awesome!