Summary: 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.
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%