Caraval

I buddy read this book with Aimee a while back and we both liked this book so we decided to make a join review. You can read our opinion about the plot and the worldbuilding here in my blog, and you can continue to read our rambling about the characters and writing in Aimee’s blog! So this is it, happy reading!
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Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 407 pages
Year of Publication: January 31st 2017
Rating: 3
GR  bd

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synopsis

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

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plot

GENERAL

Carolina: The plot is so confusing, it’s toying with my brain and played me right from the start to the very end! BUT I LOVED IT! It’s a fast paced and thrilling story, It’s so engaging and keep me guessing what will happen next, the mystery is a really page turner for me.

Aimee: I really enjoyed the plot in this one! Everything was a huge mystery for me, and I always found myself second-guessing everything, which I think was the whole point of the story. I liked that everything was part of some bigger picture, and that the author rarely veered away from the actual story.

In Caraval, everything seems to be morally grey, which I loved! There doesn’t seem to be any right or any wrong, and this aspect will totally mess with your brains in the best way possible.

ENDING

Carolina: I was all this anxious reading about Scarlett running around to save her sister from this wicked game and when it comes to an end I was so shocked and surprised that the ending is not like what I expected at all.

What I mean to tell you is this book is not only playing with your brain but also with your emotion too! This book is basically the biggest and well schemed prank I’ve ever known! Did you predict this kind of ending Aimee?

Aimee: I DID NOT SEE THE ENDING COMING. I had about a thousand guesses, and none of them were even close. I’m still unsure about whether I liked it or not, but if the readers are concerned about a “wow” ending, then they definitely have something to look forward to with Caraval.

world

Carolina: I adore  the worldbuilding. When they say Caraval is full of magic performances, I didn’t expect it would be literally magic! This is the first time for me to read a book with Circus setting and I totally loved it! There are so many cool places, magic tricks, and wonderful performances, although the game is a little bit cruel if you ask me!

This world is full of puzzles and riddles, strange shops and strange people. I love to imagine it pretty much like a darker Wonderland.

Aimee: THIS WAS THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF THE BOOK, HANDS DOWN! I adored everything about the world of Caraval. Since the story takes place in some kind of carnival/circus setting, I was looking forward to all the magic and wonder the setting would bring. This book did not disappoint.

It was like a darker, more mysterious Wonderland, in a sense. We get all of those random changing tents and shops, crazy doorways that lead to who the heck knows where, and all those snazzy things. I was intrigued to no end, and I NEED MORE OF THIS WORLD!

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Have you read this book? What do you think? Do you agree with our opinion? Read the rest of our opinion is Aimee’s blog!

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27 thoughts on “Caraval

  1. Such a wonderful review girls and completely agree with the world building, I expected a more circus type atmosphere and hadn’t realised it was so dark and luscious. It really adds to the overall opulence of the series. Loved the review girls, looking forward to seeing more from you both ♡♡♡

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    1. Glad you agree with us! I didn’t expect it either, it’s obviously darker than I expected. Thank you for reading our review babe 💕

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    1. I do enjoy it, it’s not my favorite but it’s an okay read for me! I absolutely want to read Legendary someday!! Thanks Raven 💕

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      1. I have read Legendary. I read it earlier this year after I re-read Caraval, and I think tht was the best way to do it or I would’ve forgotten all the details! I enjoy it but I prefered Scarlet’s voice in the first book. I think I’ll have to re-read it again to fully decide how I feel about it.

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    1. Thank you so much Dani!! I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen I think I’l be picking up that book next!! Thank you so much for your recommendation! Happy reading, love 💕

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  2. Haha I have to admit that this book was my first rant review on my blog (like, I really didn’t like it 😂), but regardless, I’m happy to hear that you loved it! I think it does have a very feel-good vibe to it in the end, and it definitely has interesting twists and turns that has you guessing.

    Also, I really enjoyed this review style! It’s nice to compare two people’s opinions on the same topic/book, so this was very nice to read. 😀 Excellent review!! ❤

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    1. I totally can see why you didn’t like this book, I actually have mixed feeling about this book too, but I’m glad in the end it was an okay read for me.

      Thank you so much for reading our review babe!!!

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