Review: Carousel by Jennifer Renson

Carousel by Jennifer Renson
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Propel (Pulse)
Pages: 88
Source: book provided by the author for review



After living in the countryside for years, Princio returns to his homeland, the tiny yet prosperous Kingdom of Lucca, upon the orders of his dying grandfather. Living alone in the annexed building next to the palace, Princio is discovered by the kingdom’s chief doll maker, Feletti, who purposely withholds his knowledge of Princio’s past in order to gain his trust and friendship. Princio believes Feletti to be a true friend until he meets Marian, a girl with a penchant for cooking and a natural curiosity, and their chance meeting in the kingdom’s carousel sets off a series of events with the potential to change everything. As Princio, Marian, and Feletti’s dark secrets begin to unfurl, their lives slowly come to light – as love hangs delicately in the balance…


Review: When I was little, I loved it when my mom would read me a fable, where good conquered evil, the prince and the princess got together, and everyone lived happily ever after. When I was older, the fables turned into romance with a happy ending, and shades of grey where good and evil battled throughout the book, but the guy and the girl got together.

Now, with this book I got my fable, along with the guy and the girl, hopefully getting together at the end, good conquering evil, and having a happy ending.

This book was sweet, charming, funny, and just really good. There are no sex scenes in this book. There really weren’t any kissing scenes as well. As I stated before, this book is very sweet, but I still enjoyed it.

Princio and Marian were perfect for each other. They were naive, sheltered, and unprepared for “real life”. I also think that they both possess inner strength to help them deal with the realities of “real life”; they both have people around them to provide emotional support, and be there for them when they stumble and fall. Marian and Princio are both affected by decisions by someone who shouldn’t be making those decisions. I know this is a very vague statement, but once the book has been read by the reader, they will understand this statement. I don’t want to give away the plot, so I won’t say any more about it.

I think if the reader wants a little sweet romantic story to help deal with all the ugliness that is happening in the world right now, read this book. It made me feel good. I hope other people will feel the same way.