Caraval, Volume 1
The acclaimed New York Times bestseller! Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of the unbreakable bond between two sisters. It’s the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world...
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All I can say is WOW!! Mind blowing! This book did not let me down! Stephanie Garber put a lot of heart and thought into this book. I felt like I was right there with Scarlett, Tella, and the rest of the cast for "Caraval"
This story starts with Scarlett as a child writing letters to Legend asking for him to bring Caraval close to where she and her sister, Tella, live. Tella has always loved the game of Caraval, and well, Scarlett loves her sister and wants to see her sister happy.
When a mysterious guy shows up and finds out about them getting a gift from Legend to attend Caraval, Julian could not wait to help the girls out, only because he wanted to be selfish and go to the game himself. Bt their father finds him down stairs and making a run for their lives, Scarlett gets knocked out and ends up on the island where Caraval is.
Inside Caraval, there are so many twist and turns, that you are not sure what is real and what is not real. Is the game playing games with them or is it only feeding off of fear. When Scarlett finds out the game includes finding her sister and her fear only increased her need to find Tella, then the games becomes deadly. Scarlett soon questions if Julian is there to help her or destroy her. She doesn't know what is real in the world of Caraval.
The journey this book to me on was amazing. I was wishing I was there to play the game.
The question of this game is who is Legend? Who is Julian? Where is Tella? What is the secret of this game?
A must read!
What I loved the most about the book was the setting of Caraval. It’s so beautifully descriptive it feels like a magical place. You’re taken back to the feeling when you were a wee little one and you’re in Disneyland for the first time in your life. It’s that magical feel good feeling that comes back to you when you’re reading the book. At the same time you know things aren’t what they seem and there’s some dark undertones to Caraval. It’s hard not to get swept away (as they have warned you) because everything seems so real and fun.
I loved the plot throughout the book. Like Scarlett, you had doubts as to whether things were real or not. By the time you finished the novel you were still doubting what was real and what wasn’t. Scarlett was at times frustrating and irritating. She hesitated at the wrong times and didn’t listen to anyone when she really needed to. Argh. You wanted to jump in and drag her to point her to the right direction. I didn’t really see her well with Julian because I really saw Julian as more of a means to an end because he guided her throughout the game. However I have to admit, I liked it when he called her ‘Crimson’ it suited his personality at the time (I hope he doesn’t stop calling her that, it adds more to their characters.)
The last few pages of the novel though. Wow. You’re blown away and you’ll have your heart wrenched and torn out of your chest and then it’s put back in. Yet it doesn’t feel the same anymore and you’re left with more questions and wanting more. OH MY GOD I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK! I NEED ANSWERS!
Greatly recommended. Immerse yourself into the world and enjoy. You’ll probably get carried away like I did. Get ready for some good twists that are gut wrenching. You’re not left the same after reading it.