Review: Carnival World – Tawny Stokes & Michael J. Lee
Summer and her little brother, Sam, have been looking forward to the carnival. They go to it every year, and partake of all the rides. This year, she looks forward to just enjoying herself, and having fun. Her time with Sam is a precious as it can get, and she wants to make every minute count. When he asks if they could get on one of his favorite rides, it’s hard for her to say no. After all, who can resist such a cute cherub like her baby brother?
The ride starts normal enough, and nothing seems out of place. When it stops unexpectedly, Summer doesn’t think much of it. Perhaps there’s a glitch in the system, and the carnie’s are taking care of it. Yet when no one shows up to help her and her brother out of the seat they’ve been strapped into, she soon realizes that something isn’t right. Determined to find out just what is going on, Summer and Sam make their way out of their seat. To their surprise, they’re not alone. Five other people have made the journey with them.
They find themselves in a different world. One that sort of resembles the one they left behind. This one, unfortunately, is as twisted as it comes. There’s no one else around to give them a helping hand, either. The carnival is now a derelict attraction, and everything around them is rusted and decaying. Everywhere they look, the terrain is unlike what they’ve known before.
The group soon realizes that they’ve been pulled into a parallel reality of their own world. If they’re to succeed in getting home again, they’ll need to rely on one another to help get them through what’s coming their way. Granted, they have no idea what they’re supposed to do, or where they’ve got to go. Never-the-less, they’re determined in banding together in hopes of getting out of this new world in one piece. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, most especially when the dangers that surround them are nothing like what they’ve experienced back home.
I’ve got to say that I’m honestly hooked to this serial novel. Tawny and Michael have done a wonderful job in crafting a very believable world where nothing is as it seems. We’re immediately immersed in the lives of six teenagers and a little boy who are intent on enjoying themselves at the yearly carnival. When things change within the blink of eye, they soon come to the realization that their lives have changed in more ways than one.
This is definitely a story that captures the reader’s interest from the get-go. By the time I got to the very end, it left me wanting to read more. The pace and action flows quite nicely, and keeps you glued to every page. I’m definitely looking forward to what comes next for this intriguing novel. So can’t wait!
For six teens and one young boy, an innocent ride at a summer carnival becomes a harrowing trip into another dimension where everything they’ve ever known has been destroyed and everyone they’ve ever loved are gone. Now they have to travel a road through a harsh and unreal world where mutated creatures hunt them and a mysterious man with an ugly scar dogs their every move. Guided by the Barker in their dreams, they each must face their past enabling them to perform a task in the present that will help them find a way home. Every game played is a piece closer to solving the puzzle.
For Darien, the Strong Man, Nicole, the Tightrope Walker, Maddie and Justin, the Conjoined Twins, Summer, the Escape Artist, and little Sam, the Fortune Teller, dreams are lost, nightmares are real and Carnival World is the place they need to survive if they want to make it back home.
About The Authors:
Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs.
An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies.
She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.
Tawny also writes adult paranormal/urban fantasy fiction under the name Vivi Anna, and is an aspiring screenwriter.
Born in Detroit, lived on the East Coast, the West Coast and the Midwest. Michael’s been a script reader and judge and now is a script consultant and entertainment blogger.
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Tawny Stokes’ Website: http://www.tawnystokes.com
Tawny Stokes’ Twitter: TawnyStokes
Tawny Stokes’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tawny-Stokes-Author/202358929804134
Michael J. Lee’s Website: http://myfrankensteinebook.blogspot.com/
Michael J. Lee’s Twitter: GoldenAgeofGeek
Michael J. Lee’s Facebook: Facebook profile
Michael J. Lee’s Blog: http://www.thewrap.com/movies/blog/michael-lee