Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review - Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Review by Suze

Scarlett and Tella are sisters and they're living a miserable life because of their father's abuse. They want to escape and Scarlett dreams of Caraval, a magical island where nothing is as it seems. Scarlett writes to Master Legend, the man who organizes Caraval's yearly week-long game with a much desired prize, the fulfillment of a wish. The audience is part of the game and in Caraval nothing is as it seems. Shortly before Scarlett's supposed to get married to a man she's never met she finally gets the letter of her dreams. She's being invited to take part in Legend's show.

Scarlett and Tella are planning on traveling to Caraval together. To reach Caraval they have to leave the island that's always been their home. Tella has a plan and without Scarlett's knowledge she manages their escape. However, when Scarlett arrives at Caraval, only shortly after her sister first set foot on the island, she discovers that Tella is missing. Legend has Tella and to get her sister back Scarlett doesn't only need to play the game, she has to win. Caraval is magic, it can fool people and there are plenty of unwritten rules. Scarlett has no idea who she can and can't trust. Will she manage to make it till the end of Legend's show and will she ever see Tella again?

Scarlett is serious and caring. She loves Tella dearly and does everything in her power to keep her sister safe. She's careful and because of her father's manipulative and abusive character she always tries to avert risks. Tella is much more adventurous. She's impulsive, she follows her heart and she easily gets into trouble. The sisters are very different, but they are incredibly close. When Scarlett finds out Tella is missing she's desperate to get her back. She has to play Legend's game and does it with much bravery and a good head on her shoulders. She has to follow her instincts and that isn't always easy. There's help and she might even fall in love, which she shouldn't because she's about to get married. I felt bad for the girls because they don't have much freedom and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what the future would have in store for them.

Caraval is a fantastic story. I was immediately impressed by Stephanie Garber's creativity, ingenious writing, skillful world building and beautiful descriptive writing style. I could easily picture Legend's magical island, the tricks and illusions, the gorgeous surroundings and the surrealism of the place. I loved every single part of it. Caraval is an original story with many unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed being surprised in numerous different ways and liked the adrenaline rush of the game. The story has a brilliant ending, which kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend Caraval, it's a spellbinding, entertaining and compelling story.

Advice

If you love magical stories with an original setting and plenty of surprises Caraval will be an excellent choice.

17 comments:

  1. I'll be reading this eventually. I've read plenty of different thoughts on this one and decided to give it a try. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Thanks for the awesome review. I would love to read this book.

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  3. This story sounds awesome! I love the idea of a magical island. I can't wait to read it.

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  4. Caraval was such an excellent debut! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  5. oh this has me intrigued...why couldn't she find her real love after all^^. i love the magical aspect and how it reveals what the girls are deep inside. excellent review, thank you

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  6. Well this is a book that's been on my TBR list far too long. It's time for me to read it :)

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  7. I love a magical story. Awesone review.

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  8. This does sound intriguing and different!

    --Trix

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  9. It seems like the sisters go from one bad situation to another.

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  10. Ooh a magical island. Sounds intriguing.

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  11. Sounds like an intriguing and entertaining story.

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  12. Sister love sobrevives all! great review!

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  13. I love the mystery in books and more when there is magic, the idea of a magic island away from everything, a strong bond between sisters tested, really makes me want to flip through the book right now

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  14. I was disappointed with this book, but that is probably because of the hype and high expectations. Thank you for sharing your review.

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