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(Carnival #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Neon Lights Publishing
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Jess (the cozy reader)
DNF at 20%

Big thanks to Patchwork Press and Netgalley for an ARC copy for review.

When I first saw the cover for this book it was very eye catching. I was definitely intrigued, but unfortunately it just wasn't what I expected. I just didn't care for the main character, Charlie. Some of the things she said and did had me going..

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Not to mention the inappropriate thoughts the best friend had for Charlie's ex-boyfriend and her father. And Charlie didn't seem to mind. Hmm..

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Sorry, but this jus
The blurb for Carnival made it sound very good, and coupled with a gorgeous cover, I thought I was gonna love it. And I did in the beginning. I liked the attitude Charlie had, she seemed to have a unique voice to her. And she wasn’t a virgin! And she meets a hot carnie named Blue.

They hook up later on in the night, and it’s quite a steamy scene which was nice! I really liked Blue. He seemed like he could be quite the character. Ultimately I was a bit disappointed by him overall, he was very und
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Wow! Amazing book it had me from lusty in love to confused to a mess of tears . It really does have everything a good book should have When i began to read this book , i totally fell in love with all the character, especially our hottie badass BLUE!! I loved him ,totally and utterly fell for him just as our girl Charlie did ,he was hot with attitude and most importantly,he was faithfully in love with Charlie , all his cheesiness had me with a glued smile on my face he was adorable.

" i dont think
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlie has been left behind because all her friends have left for college or are packing for it. So, Charlie decides to go to the local carnival. Alone, embarrassingly for her! There she meets Blue and they're instantly attracted to each other. Their love begins...

Blue isn't perfect. He's been in trouble. He's done things many wouldn't approve of. He's got issues with his father. But Charlie, sees that his fellow carnies he's known his entire life, are his family. They know he's a good guy. Eve
K.B. Nelson
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello everyone, I'm K.B. Nelson and I wrote Carnival. I would be hesitant to say that writing Carnival was the greatest experience of my life... if it wasn't the truth. The real truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth is that it truly was. It was a wonderful journey from the first words to the closing sentence. Life really is just like a carnival ride and beginning today, July 7th 2014, this story is no longer mine any longer. It is yours as well, and I hope that everyone enjoys Carnival a ...more
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2.5 Stars
Unfortunately this book was a big NO for me. From the out of control characters to the choppy plot it really did read like a wonky wooden roller coaster. The heroine lives in a small town and just recently broke up with her boyfriend, she says because she’s going off to college but really she’s decided not to. For whatever reason she winds up at the fair solo where she meets Blue and downward spirals from there. The two have a ridiculously fast relationship and it’s clear by the immatur
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Warning contains spoilers!!

Charlie is destined to leave for collage. Rooming with her best friend she has already broken it off with her childhood sweetheart so she is able to live her life away from her small town. Second thoughts about moving away consume her. After her parents divorced and she was left with a heartbroken mother to care for and the feeling of her life not going the way she initially thought it should, she finally decides moving to collage is no longer in her plans. Now she jus
Ajs  Book Reviews
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I was given a copy by author in exchange for an honest review*

Carnival is book 1 of the Carnival Series.

Charlie is a beautiful girl, she's funny, sarcastic, and doesn't take any sh*t. But just like any other teenager she had plans to go off to college. She was all set to attend Ohio State University then at the last minute changed her mind to stay at home and take care of her depressed mother, so she says but she thinks college isn't in her future at the moment.

Blue is a hot carnie who works a
Mummy's Naughty Corner
Well this was crazy and wild but it actually worked for me. I liked Blue and even his troubled life. I think Charlie went of the rails but I don't think that was all Blue's fault. I liked the story and how it all fell apart in the end. It gave me a type of Bonnie and Clyde type of feel. ...more
Shayna Varadeaux
Oh. My. Gawd.

My heart just stopped. I have never and I mean ever had a read that I felt the need to get up and pace through. But this book shot me out of my seat and I paced like a mad woman! I am almost certain it was a sight to behold.

Kindle in one hand and alternating between tugging at my hair, tapping my thigh and biting my nails with the other. Wide eyes and gasps turning the heads of my family.

Seriously, I feel like I need to come down, crash hard and say hello to the book hangover that
Lenore Kosinski
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided with a copy of this book from netgalley, and in exchange here is my honest review.....

Honestly? I don't want to write this review. OK, can I just start off saying that my rating mostly reflects my expectations (which were in the wrong galaxy) and my personal tastes? It's not like it was a badly written book. I didn't always like the writing style (occasionally it got a bit flowery for me, with lots of's just not my thing). There were the occasional editing mistakes,
Juletta Gilge
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

So you know that saying about not judging a book by it's cover? It is true. This book was judged based on the cover. In my defense, the cover is pretty cool with the bit of bokeh effect, and the faded image of the carnival, right? Right? Maybe not. So then I read the description, and it also looked decent. And I decided, why not? And....I shouldn't have done it. The book started off pretty good, meaningless hookup with a hot
Before I begin, I just want to say ‘Thank you!’ to K.B. Nelson for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing story!

First off, just look at the cover – so pretty, almost whimsical. You might think you are about to embark on a truly magical love story. But although this is a love story – it is one that will evoke a true vortex of emotions. Yes, it does start off with girl meets boy and instant attraction occurs, but that’s where this roller coaster ride gets bumpy and has all the t
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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 intr
Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) given & provided by the lovely author for an honest review THANK YOU

3.75 stars maybe 4.

Cover: 10
Plot: 6
Heroine: 4
Hero: 4
Ending: 5

I highly enjoyed this in some parts but on the other hand I didn't.
The plot is nothing I've ever read before and that was keeping my interest up. But I could hardly stand the characters who I didn't connect with. Even the second characters I couldn't connect with. If I was Charlie I would have dropped Summer as a friend

Also the book lacks
Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

So I really enjoyed this book. I read that this was KB Nelson’s debut novel and there will be more books to follow.
I too have not read anything like this book based around the carnival life. Charlie is the teenage girl who goes to the Carnival in her home town one night and meets a “Carnie”, Blue, and she instantly falls for him.

“He’s Gorgeous, like a teenage Brad Pitt-tall, lean and muscular, wearing worn jeans and a white t-shirt that clings to the sweat on his sculpted chest. I stare into his
Nicole Peterson
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GAWWWD! Loved this book!

Funny, I started writting this and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) started playing on my playlist on Spotify. Ok, maybe only I get it in my weird way. Perhaps you can relate after you read this book. If you liked Beautiful Disaster, I think you will enjoy this one. Not that the story line is the same. I would just describe both of these as edgy, gritty and not all pretty.

The two main characters Charlie and Blue meet at an annual carnival in Charlie's hometown. Charlie
Romance Readers Retreat
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charlie meets Blue at the carnival currently visiting her hometown of Lakeview, he's cute, charming and witty and she is immediately swept off her feet by him. Throughout the night of their first meeting it becomes clear Blue is a carnie, a traveller working the carnival but at the end of the night he reveals his intentions to stick around. What comes next is a whirlwind of chaotic emotions as Charlie attempts to fit Blue into her life even as it becomes clear he has a dark past that seems to be ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, kindle-2
I have mixed feelings about this book.
The first thing that drove me crazy is I have no idea what the characters look like. We're told they're both gorgeous and well built. Blue has blue eyes and Charlie isn't blonde, that's all I figured out.
In the beginning Charlie tells Blue she's crazy and she wasn't kidding. Her personality flips more times then a gymnast. He lies to her within minutes of meeting and continues to lie thoughout the story but says he isn't a liar.
Another one I’m the first to
Nikki Barrett
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Sometimes the life you once thought you wanted changes right before your eyes.

I'm a little mixed on my feelings with the book. The writing is good. The storyline has it's interesting moments. My biggest problem? I couldn't connect with Charlie. She seemed...dull. I couldn't understand her feelings and why she was the way she was. She fell flat for me.

However, Blue intrigued me. He's such a mystery and I loved the aspect of not knowing much about him at first. He pulled me in. And hello...the na
Krystal Smith
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I loved the concept of this book...falling for a carnie, it doesn't get more interesting than that. K.B. Nelson takes the whole "wrong kind of guy" to a new level.

The story is written from Charlie's point of view. Charlie is an 18 year old, high school graduate who had planned on going off to college with her best friend. But after her dad left her and her mother, her mother fell apart and Charlie took over the parent ro
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Charlie has pretty much hit the point where she doesn't really know what to do with her life. She had broken up with her ex so that it makes sense when she left but now she isn't and things are just confusing right now. When the carnival rolls in town and Charlie gets more then she bargained for when she hooks up with one of the caries. The more deeper they fall for each other the more things get complicated. Trust me when it say its not going to be what you expect.

I thought that this book was
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have mixed feelings about this book, hence the 3 stars. There were parts that I really liked and parts that I didn't like at all.

*minor spoilers ahead*

I wasn't a big fan of Charlie at all. I know she's only 18, but she seems really immature. For making such a heartfelt decision to forgo college for her mom, she makes a lot of really stupid decisions throughout the story. I liked Blue even though he has a pretty scary past. He never seemed fake to Charlie and always genuine about his attraction
Paula  Phillips
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlie had life all planned out , she was going to finish high school and graduate, dump her boyfriend Dylan and then head off to college with her best friend Summer and be roomies. However, the weeks before this was supposed to happen her life got flipped upside down and she fell head over heels with a carnie. For those who don't know , a carnie is someone who lives and breathes the carnival life. They work at the carnival and move from place to place and are often viewed as freaks or nomads. ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
My thoughts: Wow, what an emotional roller coaster ride. This book started out fast, with hot and steamy scenes. A very good book that did not go in the direction that I thought. Charlie is just a small town girl with big dreams but is afraid to act on them since the divorce of her parents. With her best friend leaving for college and her ex-boyfriend still in love with her, she is at a crossroads in her life and feels like she doesn't belong anywhere. Enter Blue, the hot young carnie with whom ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book by the author for my honest opinion

First off, I have to I could not put this book down loved it that much I've I could rate it any higher I would. I look forward to reading more from K.B. Nelson. when I read the synopsis I wasn't expecting all this action book. which made it that much better. Charlie's character was so easy to relate to especially if you have growing up in a small town. And you know how small the world seem. even though in reality it's so much more bigger
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to K.B. Nelson for letting me read to review this very well done book honestly. I quite enjoyed reading Carnival. The main character was sarcastic and funny and you just had to love her. The book's writing was wonderful. The words flowed together beautifully and that's a rare find in any novel. The story was great. Good girl meets bad boy, they fall in love, she gets pulled into his dark past etc, etc. There was some extreme heartbreak involved and at some points I felt my heart being ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a hard review for me to write. I am conflicted.
First of all, this story is not for the faint of heart. Heavy drinking, drugs (using and selling), etc... (more, but I don't want to spoil!) It is an aptly named book- the whole thing is like a carnival.

Now for my split views- I liked the beginning a lot more than the middle/end. The carnival concept is new. I liked the instant chemistry between Blue and Charlie. Overall, I would say that I liked the author's style and story telling ability.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Wow. That had way more action than I was expecting from the synopsis. And I don't just mean girl and boy action, though there was some of that too. I mean full-on action that involves blood. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything more about that. I may have said too much already, I hope not.

I have to say, it did take me a little while to get into the book. Charlie's 'voice' caused me some trouble at first - she has an unusual turn of phrase, and it took me a while to get a p
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, this book was AWESOME. It didn't get me at first, I couldn't quite understand Charlie's or Blue's way of thinking in the beginning. But I understood the feeling like you need to get away and need to do something completely out of the ordinary. No matter what anyone thinks you need to be set free and do your own thing. While Charlie's and Blue's decisions aren't what you would ever do, it happens and it's nice to have the point of view in this book and live it through them. I enjo ...more
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I grew up on a farm in Ohio, but that's not very interesting, is it? When I'm not writing you can find me doing one of two things; getting lost on highways or getting lost in the lives of fictional characters. If my heart had two feet, one foot would be in romance and the other solidly in geekdom. I hope you'll all follow me on my journey through this carnival they call life.I promise there will b ...more

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