After living in the countryside for years, Princio returns to his homeland, the tiny yet the 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…
Rating: 5 stars
Carousel by Jennifer Renson held me captive from the beginning to end. The pages were filled with an intriguing plotline that kept me hooked. The enchanting story sucked me into its depth. Once upon a story, there was a kingdom, called Lucca. A kingdom whose who people liked the King and Queen. Well, soon, one day…they received a carousel after their son was born. On that very carousel lurks something so hidden and so dark…that it’s creepy knowing it’s there yet no one pays any attention to it…
Soon, a plague comes forcing the King and Queen as well as their son and all to flee. Afraid that the plaque will come for them…that’s where the story begins…a young prince raised as a commoner by his grandfather. He’s not aware that the stories his grandfather tells are true stories of their Kingdom Lucca. Once the grandfather dies…he tells the prince to go back to the Kingdom but to keep his face hidden. The prince with no knowledge of their real truth sets out on a journey as promised. There he meets Feletti. The evil thing that resided on the carousel…is now live and causes trouble for the prince and his new friend Marien.
Carousel is full of darkness, danger, and suspense. I wasn’t sure what would happen next until it did. The mystery of Feletti and Marien’s sense of fear of him come out in the open and that’s where I held my breath…waiting. What came next surprised me and had me rooting for both the prince and Marien…but until the dilemma was gone all would be chaotic. Jennifer Renson is indeed a talented writer. Her words lured me into her world of fiction instantly. I fell in love with the characters and was on the edge of my seat waiting out the outcome of the story. Overall, it was well-written and well-developed. I was enchanted with this enticing fantasy. Readers will get lost from their worlds and buried deeply into this one. I highly recommend the Carousel to readers everywhere.