Carnivalesque – Neil Jordan

31451203When Andy and his parents visit a carnival on their way to the mall, things don’t turn out quite as expected. Andy walks into a mirror in Burleigh’s Amazing Hall Of Mirrors, and becomes a reflection. He watches a boy who looks like him, but is not him, go home with his parents and finds himself a part of a magical carnival world.

I wanted to like this book. The blurb sounds so good and the cover is pretty cool, but I was really, really disappointed. Firstly, nothing much happens. The story moves very slowly and, as far as I could tell, there was no real plot. There’s just a bit of history about the carnival, Andy hanging out with the carnies and some side plot about his mum (which could have been good but ended up falling flat and feeling kind of pointless). Overall, it’s boring.

Secondly, there are far too many words. There isn’t even large amounts of description (which is a pet hate of mine), there’s just a lot of unnecessary words – whole paragraphs – which don’t add anything to the story or move the plot along at all. It was confusing and annoying and made the book drag.

Finally, there are a lot of characters who aren’t explained well enough, along with aspects (like the mildew) that I never really understood. It’s extremely possible that, by this point, I just wasn’t paying enough attention to understand properly, but it made the book more difficult to follow.

Usually I can find something good to say about a book, but in this case I really can’t. I didn’t enjoy a single part of this book, and I’m sorry but that’s just the way it is.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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