REVIEW- Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved 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 far-away, 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. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Overall reaction:

That was pretty good.

WOW! This was NOT what I was expecting. Going into this book, I assumed this would be like a carnival,  Clowns and Circus’s!

Boy was I wrong.

This is one of those books that you have to try it yourself to experience the magic. The summary doesn’t describe the book well, and it’s really one of those “Go into it blind” books. If that makes any sense at all.

Starting off, my review  One of the thing’s I LOVED was the characters. At times, I found myself physically (and mentally) gripping the book as hard as my fingers could hold,  it wasn’t even until the last half of the book I  truly realized how attached I was to the characters. The strong sisterhood vibes was beautiful, and the mystery surrounding it was amazing. 

One of the things I didn’t understand was the world. It was hard to latch onto, and their was little to no world-building.  The setting felt a bit dry, and unworthy of the characters. Through the course of the book, I had a hard time imagining the whole world, It ended up throwing me off. A LOT.

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I would’ve liked a bit more closure with the character and the world.

While the ending is okay, something I adored about this book was the beautiful description intertwined with the text. Sometimes, I would close my eyes and it almost felt as if I could actually smell the scent of the cinnamon apple scent in the air, or the salty ocean water hitting directly onto the characters face. It was INCREDIBLE!

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and I look forward to reading the next book.

Star Rating: ⅘

Percentage Rating: 72%

11 thoughts on “REVIEW- Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

  1. Ahhh I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book. So many people love it! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I love it when books have amazing characters, that’s so great to hear for this one! Lovely review. 😊

  2. I really struggled with the worldbuilding too. I feel like there was SO much potential to that world, and Garber really only scratched the surface. Which would have been fine in its own right, because there are obviously going to be more books so I’m assuming we’ll get to explore the world a bit more. But I felt like we didn’t get very much worldbuilding because there ISN’T a lot of worldbuilding yet. Period. I LOVED the concept, just wish the rest of the world had more dimension/depth, you know?

    I actually really struggled to connect to Scarlett. I LOVED Julian, but found that I just didn’t care about Scarlett, for whatever reason. I’m glad you liked the characters though!

    ~ Michelle @ FaerieFits

  3. Glad you enjoyed it, I’ve got this book sitting on my shelf and now I just need to set aside the time to read it. And isn’t the cover gorgeous??

  4. THANKS! The Cinamon apples are great, so is the book. DARN. That sucks. Hopefully It’ll be available soon, let me know what you think of it when you finally get it. Thank’s for commenting! -Jared

  5. READ IT! Just pick it up and READ IT! The cover is SUPER goregous, unfortunately I had to check it out from the library. Possibly, I’ll go to Target this weekend just to get it. Thank’s for commenting!

  6. AGREED! The world was lightly touched on, IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL! Unlike you I found I related more to Scarlett even more than Julian. Like Scarlett I’m kind of more timid, and change my mind quick. Thank’s for commenting! Have an AMAZING DAY!

  7. Conclusion: I need to read Caraval.
    I honestly heard nothing but amazing thing about this book.
    More and more reviews just make me want to read it all the more! (:
    Thanks for the review, Jared! I can’t wait to get to this one too ^^

  8. SWEET! You SHOULD TOTALLY Read it. While the worldbuilding is a bit lacking, the characters make up for it with a STUNNING STORY! Thank’s for commenting.

  9. Hmm, yeah, I’ve read books in which there was no real explanation about the world and I was just confused and/or for some reason I just couldn’t quite imagine things. But at least you loved the characters! Idk about you, but characters are more important than world to me. And it sounds like the writing was great too. Glad you enjoyed this one so much!

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