Review: Carniepunk

Posted July 19, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: CarniepunkCarniePunk by Jaye Wells, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Rachel Caine
Series: Anthology
Published by Gallery Books on July 23, 2013
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Hounded, Hexed, Honor Among Thieves

A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

This is probably one of the creepiest anthologies I’ve read.  I think there are only 2 stores that I skipped.  Not because they were bad or anything, but one didn’t appeal to me, and the other, I have a healthy fear of clowns, and I just couldn’t do it.

This anthology is sure to keep you on your toes. I absolutely loved the Jaye Wells short story.  It was twisted, and awesome.  Also if you read the one by Jennifer Estep, make sure you’ve read to at least book 4 in the Elemental Assassin’s series, otherwise there are big spoilers.  I plan on picking up books by some of these authors, especially Kevin Hearne.

I love how every story had the carnival aspect to it.  Some of them the whole event didn’t take place at a carnival, but that’s where the dilemma began, or ended.  There’s just something about carnivals that makes them seem magical.

I highly suggest this book.  You’ll find yourself wanting to join in the festivities, or run in fear.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.


Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.


Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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