Book club: review of Caraval

Book club: review of Caraval

Here I am after another month talking again about books and the book I am reviewing this month is Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

But before I start reviewing the book, I announce that the book that I will review next month is ‘One of us is lying’ by Karen M. McManus.

one of us is lying

Exciting huh?!

Nooooooow, back to the review of Caraval!

I must say that this book stayed on my shelf book for a couple of months and only last month I decided to reach it and read it. And I must also say that this was not my first choice but rather a ‘well-i-bought-it-so-lets-give-it-a-try’ book. And oh boy this was the best decision I have ever done!

Caraval talks about two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who live on a tiny island in the middle of a fantasy world with their powerful and cruel father who wants to marry Scarlet to a count she’s never met before. Since Scarlett was a child she heard stories from her grandmother of a famous carnival game called Caraval and ever since then to participate in this game and win the prize, a wish, became her dream.

The mysterious Caraval master is a guy called Legend, who Scarlett has been writing him for years, and finally replied including three tickets for the game. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella kidnaps Scarlett to the show and upon their arrival, Scarlett finds out that her sister Tella goes missing and soon became the person to find in order to win the Caraval.

Since the beginning, everyone warned Scarlett that everything that happens during the game is only an elaborate performance.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval… beware of getting swept too far away

Stephanie Garber uses a weird writing style. I notice right away that the writer utilizes a lot of metaphors and similitudes and every character of the book, especially Scarlett, feel all the emotions in colors. On the first pages of the book, I seriously have to close the book and think about what I have read but after a couple of pages I began to understand better the phrases and I began to appreciate more and more the writing. I loved the pacing of the book. It wasn’t slow but it wasn’t too fast either, it was just right for the character development of Scarlett.

About the characters, the main one is Scarlett and I am sure after reading this book you thought about the same thing: WHY?! Even though she had a good character development, she was the most boring one in the whole book which is really weird because I really loved the book. Unlike Scarlett, we know NOTHING about the others like Tella, their father, Legend etc. Although Stephanie Garber gives us descriptions of them, the book is full of plot twists that at the end you know nothing about them.

All in all, it is definitely one of my favorite books. I loved the magical setting and with this book I really began to appreciate the fantasy genre. And I can’t wait to read the sequel Legendary that apparently is told from the point of view of Scarlett’s sister and will be published on the 31st May 2018!

Ok, so I’m going to give this book…

★★★★★★★★★☆ 9 out of 10 stars!

Because even if it is one of the best books I have read, I am reserving my 10 out of 10 stars to a really special one that I hopefully will find in the future (cross fingers).

What about you? Have you read Caraval? If yes, what do you think about it? And please if you have any recommendation about any other fantasy book, just comment below.






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