Book title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Target Audience: Young Adult
Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.
Why I chose this?
This was one I’d seen floating around but I had refused to read any reviews on this because I’d been stung before and I wanted my own take on it. However, after reading the synopsis I really wanted to read this story.
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.
What I thought
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. I tried my best not to see any spoilers and for a book that was released about 18 months (ish) ago it wasn’t easy but I didn’t and kept any surprises for myself.
This is the 2nd book I’ve read which was a debut which has blown me away. I love the way she describes things using colours like I said in my WWW post
Scarlet’s feelings came in colours even brighter than usual. The urgent reds of burning coals. The eager green of new grass buds. The frenzied yellow of a flapping bird’s feathers.
He’d finally written back.
This little group of sentences at the start of chapter two made me want to read on. I love the way Scarlett’s feelings were described with these colours. Not just here though, this theme runs throughout the books and sometimes the descriptions were unexpectedly beautiful.
With the first chapter being a collection of letters that Scarlett has written to Legend over the years, I’ll admit I was sceptical. I didn’t want to read a 400+ page bookful of letters which thankfully isn’t what this is.
I like Scarlett as a character. She’s a fighter but to me, she seems like she keeps this information close to her chest for the sake of Tella who is the complete polar opposite in every way. Scarlett is being married off to a person who she has never met and the only information she has on him is his title which to me seems off. She is willing to give up her chance in life, Love and passion by marrying this guy so she can take her self and her sister away from their abusive father.
With Julian, I wasn’t keen on him at all at first but like Rhys (from ACOTOR) he grew on me. I think what made me not like him was when we met him with Tella something didn’t sit quite right. He didn’t seem to come across as the sailor he was supposed to be.
Donatella (Tella) being feisty in nature and not really taking time to think things through is the reason why the three of them end up at Caraval and how the events if the rest of the book unfold.
The ending took me by surprise which as I have mentioned before this is fairly difficult to do. I’m not referring to the part with Tella but discovering *who Julian really is* (covered this up so if you don’t want to know don’t highlight it).
So with that being said, I’ve decided to give Caraval
I truly hope Legendary doesn’t disappoint.
Have you read Caraval? What did you think? Do you think you would have been caught up in the game? I know I would have been