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.
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Yup, that’s me. Scarlett Dragna, main character of the YA hit Caraval. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. If everysinglethingthathappenedinthiswholebook was anything to go by, it was through a combination of pointless lying, constant embarrassment, obsession with Some Guy, a big act of caring about a younger sister despite very little indication of that being true, unrelenting drama about a dumb wedding, repetitive interactions, weird descri ...more
Caraval is a fantasy without world-building or significant character development. It relies on its dreamy descriptions, purple prose, and a heavy helping of romance to make it dazzle. To take a quote from my review of The Star-Touched Queen, "if you buy into these metaphors, put on your prose-tinte ...more
How can I write a review for this giant ball of awesome and do it justice? I was intrigued by the summary from the second I found this was coming out, but had no clue if it would live up to the hype. The back cover boasts of “The spell-casting fantasy destined to become a sensation” and Fox 2000 has al ...more
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .
4.5 stars. I’m very impressed with this book. The most important thing you need to know is that, although it’s marketed as such, it really isn’t a competition per se. I mean, it’s as much a competition as THE NIGHT CIRCUS is.
Sure, it’s a game indeed, a treacherous game that you can lose yourself in at any moment, but it’s not a competition. I’m not going to elaborate, because I’d have to reveal some things that w ...more
I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit when it comes out, and rightfully so. This is the kind of story that you just want to devour because you can't get enough. It's a beautiful story about sisterhood and adventure, full of amazing characters and a delightfully dark world. It's this grotesque Wonderland like world where the Mad Hatter is calling the shots.
Honestly cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this. Keep an eye out for it because wow. ...more
Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea.Ever since Scarlett was a child, she heard tales of the wonderful, mysterious and dangerous Caraval.
Trapped on a tiny island by her monster of a father, Scarlett dreams of nothing but attending.
Hundreds and hundreds of people hope and beg for a position in the games all in the attempt to obtain the grand prize - a single wish.
Much to Scarlett's delight and terror, just a few days before her wedding she receives an invitati ...more
I am hERE to reread before Finale and also am just so happy to be melting back into this world. It's such a vivid, lush and gorgeous book, I pretty much can't contain myself. I do think Legendary is superior to the two, but I really appreciated Scarlett's journey through PTSD more this time. She's absolutely fighting through the trauma of abuse to live a life where she can make choices without spiralling into fear. I'm just...! I love Scarlett. (Tella is my fave and Legendary ...more
My February Owlcrate Box!
HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER! Loved it! ❤
I guess I should put up the big ole spoiler label just in case I get spoilery!
First off let me just get this off my chest. I wanted to smack Scarlett about 15 times during the book because she said this one thing about 50 billion times.
I have to get back to get married. I have to get b ...more
❝Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world.❞
Thank you to Flatiron Books for sending me an advance reading copy of Caraval for review purposes.
This book was just absolutely ENCHANTING! I didn't know how high or how low to set my expectations before going into Caraval but one thing is for sure by the time I closed this book: Caraval surpassed all ...more
I cannot rave enough guys... this book wins everything.
This has made it in to my absolute all time favorites. I can't even function normally to describe it... I am absolutely floored. Zero complaints. I enjoyed every sentence.. every page.
I couldn't get enough. It was whimsical, off the charts electric, romantic, mysterious, enchanting, enthralling... full of twists and turns. So many that I thought the ending couldn't possibly live up to the mystery this ...more
I am genuinely trying to find out who started advertising this book and why? It's been blowing up GR for quite a while now. People with ARC were selling it on eBay at ridiculously high prices. That's how it caught my attention in the first place. Was that a publicity stunt? If it was, it's not going to help much because the book is shitty. There is nothing new or exhilarating here. If anything, it's ideas stolen from a bunch of other books, The Lunar Chronicles, Hun ...more
This book was ass but surprisingly I really enjoyed it. 😔 review to come
listen.... I know I trashed this book, but I saw it on my shelf and it looked sexy so I decided to read it and now I’m kind of into it... 😰
I've read 62 pages and I've had enough of this shitty cringefest. I dnfed this weeks ago and can't stand any of the one dimensional characters, especially the muscular, hot and swoon worthy dude who KIDNAPS the MAIN CHARACTER!!! *swoons* wow so hot!!!
fuck this abomination of a book.
Pretty much, everything about this book fell short for me. Every character was bland and annoying with no personality. The romance had absolutely no substance in my opinion, I never felt any chemistry or understood why they got together other than the fact that they were basically one of the only people available to the other. The setting of Caraval was so much less ...more
Since I cannot even reflect upon the messy thoughts inside my brain, I'll analyze punctually.
1. The world-building. Sadly, in its tr ...more
Every once in a while, I love a great paranormal romance. I love to leave reality behind and take off on a journey to a place where magic and fairytales exist. This was the perfect story to d ...more
Our futures are only predictable because as creatures of this world we are predictable.
I really did want to like this book.
I really did want to dive into a magical and dark adventure with Scarlett and Tella.
Sadly for me, I didn’t enjoy it the way I thought I would, and this adventure turned out to be a little school trip to Boredom Land, with one heck of a frustrating main character.
And don’t even let me start on her sister.
The premise is good, though it has its little flaws right from ...more
This story was so magical, so whimsical, and so perfect. I was skeptical, because I'm pretty much the only person on Goodreads that did not like The Night Circus, but this didn't remind me of The Night Circus at all. Well, at least the 15% I read before I couldn't force myself to read more. I mean, I can see where people would draw the parallels because of the plot, but the writing in this is much more reminiscent of The Raven Boys or Heartless. The prose is the epitome of lyrical, with descript ...more
❝ Remember, it's only a game. ❞
Oh, Stephanie Garber appears to be an expert at playing games, a master of manipulation and misdirection. My mind is still clouded, drunk in cider, unable to grasp the boundaries between sweet fiction and reality; I was her puppet numerous times, suspicious, disappointed, frustrated when she wanted me to, enamored yet terrified ...more
I had high expectations and low expectations stepping into Caraval. Everyone who's read it has been gushing over what a masterpiece it is. But then it was also endlessly compared to The Night Circus. Confession: I didn't like The Night Circus, so I was concerned that I just wouldn't be the target reader for Caraval. Within the first few pages, it was clear that I was going to fawn over it.
"Remember, it's only a g...more
So how do you pronounce this, exactly?
In my head, I was saying it like Carnival without the n sound. Well, actually, I ended up trying out a few different pronunciations in my head (see example above), and eventually settled on that one...ish. Because, and I don't know if I'm the only one who does this or what, I've noticed that I kind of mumble stuff that I'm not 100% sure how to say.
Yes. In my head. I'll mumble shit in my head.
And you know what ...more
there is nothing quite like the amazement and sensational wonder of ...more
WARNING: this review will be a rant, there may be unmarked spoilers. This is also a highly unpopular opinion so if you want to come at me telling me I'm wrong or didn't understand the book I will punch you in the nose from how mad this book made me. Also, there is a high amount of swearing, which I usually ...more
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I have been seeing this book being praised for months now and finally, I understand where the hype is coming from. Magical and whimsical. This story just flies by and I loved getting deeper into it as the storyline progressed. I'm shocked at the fact Stephanie Garber is a debut author and this is only her first book because it was everything I wanted and more. I CANNOT wait for more from this author because my goodness this is ...more
Remember, it’s only a game…
I wish you had told me it’s a boring one though, that is.
If you were to tell me that I would end up reading Caraval after having it on my tbr for 2 years, I would not have believed you. I remember being suuuuuuper excited for this but never got around to reading it because I simply, truthfully, did not want to spend my money on it after seeing so many mixed reviews, so I waited until my library had it. Now, Legendary is out and my library also has that one ...more
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