The CARNIES SERIES
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UPDATE: Heather's Turn, contracted with Bella Tulip Publishing, but sadly, after less than a year on the shelves, they have gone out of business. Reload coming soon!
January 22, 2020
Heather's Turn Synopsis
Alice failed. Now it's Heather's turn.
Did you ever hear the old saying, Ignorance is Bliss? That's how it was for Heather and her friends. Life at the carnival was normal. Then, one small event, catapulted them into reality–into what they really were… Freaks.
Heather and her friends discover just how strange they are when they’re forced to step into our world. They see what life is like in various cultures and unravel a dark history that's been buried deep by their relatives. When they learn the truth, can they forgive and move on? Or will the hate consume them like it did their parents? Will they find the same misfortune as Alice who was hanged for trying to change the world? Or will their bond of friendship be too strong to allow the world around them to corrupt the way they view each other?
This isn't your typical story line but it is soo powerful! The characters either made you want to smack them, protect them and hope that they will make good decisions. World building was very good. You could put yourself in the characters shoes & see the sights & hear the sounds.
As an Indie author, she does an amazing job editing. There weren't too many grammar, word placement or spelling errors to really notice.
The ending… oh the ending! After the chaos and heart jerking scenes, I was ecstatic with how it came to a close.
Bravo! A great read. I've read several of her books & highly recommend them all!!
My star ratings include these 5 elements:
1★ story line
1★ engaging characters
1★ use of world building/descriptions
1★ being well edited or narrated
1★ the ending
R. GONZALES - GOODREADS
Carnie life is all Heather and her friends, Miguel and Shiesha know. This is where they grew up living a carefree life, living and working in the carnival world. They are family to each other and have each others backs.. Heather is very loving and takes care of everyone showing them kindness and compassion. Her kindness leads her and her friends to step outside their little bubble and out into the real world after an incident that forces them to leave the only home they have ever known.
Heather looks at the outside world as a fantasy, like going to Disney World, but she soon realizes that real life is not all it is cracked up to be. Here, they are known as freaks and every place they turn offers them another harsh reality. The outside world can be cruel and evil, something Heather, Miguel and Shiesha are not accustomed to. They face many challenges along the way, including a big secret that can change all of their lives forever.
Wow….just wow! Heather’s Turn is such an eye opener. I never thought I would be so impacted from a story like this. It has left me so emotional and saddened by the way people can behave and the way people can look down and treat others so negatively and so cruel. Christina Leigh Pritchard tackles racism in such a way that leaves you speechless. She does not hold anything back and shows the ugliness of narrow minded people that are still relevant in today’s world. You would think that we have grown as a society, but much the same hate for others still goes on today. I just wanted to hug Heather and her friends. They did not grow up to hate people no matter how different they were from each other. They could not understand why they were treated so differently and in a way it forces them to grow up.
The plot is really strong right from the start. Right when you read that first page you are automatically hooked. Good luck trying to put this story down, even for a second (Believe me I know I stayed up till 6AM reading because I could NOT put it down). Christina Leigh Pritchard has a way of drawing you right in with her words that flow so effortlessly through the pages. She weaves such an intricate story that has multiple components that all come together as one. There are many secrets that are revealed that will break your heart and make you cry. You hurt right along with the characters. Underneath it all though, lies a really important lesson and that is forgiveness. It is easier to forgive someone than to carry around hate in your heart.
It takes a story like Heather’s Turn to reaffirm why I read. I love a story that can give me all of the feels, that can make me laugh and yet still make me cry. Yes, this is a story about young teens, but it is a story that everyone should read. It does not matter if you are young or old (like me!). If I could sum up this novel in one word it would be – outstanding. Heather’s Turn is definitely going on my keeper shelf.
Trigger Warning: Racism, Rape
R.R. - AMAZON REVIEWER