I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult
Remember, it’s only a game…
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.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
I am not sure what I expected when I started this book. The cover was gorgeous and it reminded me of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka. I liked the flow of the story and the writing was very descriptive.
The story is told in Scarlett’s POV and I will be honest in the beginning I wasn’t really liking her very much. She played by the rules and wouldn’t allow herself to take risks. I wanted to shake her a few times and tell her to stop being so safe, it was driving me crazy.
The cast of characters in this book had me all kinds of confused, I wasn’t sure if I liked them, trusted them or found them annoying.
The game was confusing and the explanation at the end sort of confused me even more.
The descriptions of things were delightful (this does not include world build, that was missing). Like colors and foods are described in whimsical detail.
Abusive father selling his girls to the highest bidder. It sort of seems like a common thing in these type of fairy tale books.
I wanted to know more, I felt like it left to much to your own thoughts. I have questions or what to know more details on things. The book has some vague backgrounds and it needed more of a world build. It has details but the world was a bit confusing.
The End totally confused me but I realize this is a series so I will have to see what happens next but it was still confusing
Overall this book was ok, I wasn’t blown away by it and it seemed to have a lot of hype when it first come out. I liked the characters to a point but I enjoyed the story more, even if at times I found it confusing or sort of all over the place. The amount of times it had to be explained what was going on made it even more confusing. At this point I really don’t know what was true and what wasn’t. I will for sure be checking out the next book in the series, I think the story has great potential and maybe it will be more present in the next book. I do recommend if you are looking for something different. This was an out of the box type of book.
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