This month has flown by! With a week in New York at BEA and6/27/2021, 3:55:20 PM
This month has flown by! With a week in New York at BEA and BookCon, a full week sick, then a full week in the mountains I haven’t had much chance to read much. Doesn’t help that my TBR continues to grow, even if I’m not finishing books! . I saw “Carnavalesque” on Danny’s ( @thebookorder ) feed first and was immediately struck with cover and synopsis. (synopsis below) So when I received this copy from Bloomsbury, I was ready! . There are a slew of mixed reviews on this, and as usual one person gave the book a low star rating right next to a five star rating—and both of them rated it that way for the same reason. haha. I can’t deny the appeal of this one for me, so I’ll be reading it to see where I land on the scale. . ✨ Has anyone already read it? Without spoilers, what did you think? . What are some of your favorite books that got polarized reviews? . Synopsis: It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t. The boy saw it from the car window, the tops of the large trailer rides over the parked trains by the railway tracks. His parents were driving towards the new mall and he was looking forward to that too, but the tracery of lights above the gloomy trains caught his imagination. Andy walks into Burleigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors, and then he walks right into the mirror, becomes a reflection. Another boy, a boy who is not Andy, goes home with Andy’s parents. And the boy who was once Andy is pulled—literally pulled, by the hands, by a girl named Mona—into another world, a carnival world where anything might happen. . ✨ Master storyteller Neil Jordan creates his most commercial novel in years in this crackling, filmic fantasy—which is also a parable of adolescence, how children become changelings, and how they find their own way.