Caraval

Caraval

Book - 2017
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"Welcome, welcome to Caraval--Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. 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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Flatiron Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250095251
Characteristics: 407 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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ArapahoeLauren Jul 23, 2018

The author uses beautiful descriptive scenes where you can almost feel or taste or touch - yes, it's that well done. I enjoyed the storyline, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. It did have some good twists that I wasn't expecting! Give it a try.

kirstd31 Jun 21, 2018

I listened to this book. The reader was great! The story was intriguing and I did not want to stop listening to this story.

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grooven
Jun 09, 2018

Really let down by this book. To describe it in a few words, a poor man's Willy Wonka.
I was told this book would be amazing. Then, hearing it had film acquisition only pushed that excitement further.

This story would've been successful in first person so we could feel and see the world from Scarlett's eyes. Constantly the goals, emotions, and wonder from the character is lost. This serves up hollow emotions and a meandering plot. A major point of the story, being romance, fails horribly since there's nothing we can see about Julian that is likable.

The whole part of the game is to find her sister and later, it becomes a hindsight affair. The clues/mystery in the game are really lackluster and aren't written coherently. This effects parts of the story that don't add up or make any logical sense. Never does Scarlett ever question what's real or not even when a certain character randomly appears. Completely unacceptable and unbelievable. The ending works, but the rest of the story can't hold up the rest of the story that drags behind.

Pro:
-The way the character sees color is really unique and adds something new to the story
-Pieces of the world are really in intriguing
-Parts of the story setup and world appear interesting
-Ending clears up lots of loose bits (not everything)

Con:
-POV of story does not work
-Parts of the story come off as half brained ideas that make no logical sense
-Romance doesn't work
-Characters are far from likable
-Huge let down in terms of actual world building for the game, which focuses on lore aspect instead
-Main character motives make no logical sense in connection to the game.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

Maybe I'm jaded from reading so many books in the YA "Romance/Fantasy/Dystopia" genre but although "Caraval" is very readable, I just couldn't work up a lot of enthusiasm for it. Other series, most notably, "Poison Study" by Maria Snyder cover this genre more adeptly.

OPL_KrisC Apr 25, 2018

What initially caught my attention was the gorgeous cover and fanciful font and then the story drew me in even further. This book is a great combination of fantasy, magic, and romance set in a Cirque Du Soleil-like setting. The author does a very good job at describing her world and helping to create a stunning visual.

ArapahoeTiegan Apr 19, 2018

An exciting adventure/mystery with highly intriguing characters and plenty of twists and turns. Scarlett has always dreamed of experiencing Caraval, but she is not allowed to leave the island of Trisda due to her father's rules. She is soon set to marry a mysterious count, and believes this marriage will be the key to escaping her father's cruelty for her and her sister, Donatella. Just as she is told when her wedding will take place, Scarlett receives tickets to Caraval on Legend's private island for herself, Tella, and her fiance. A stranger who is on the island for trade, Julian, makes a deal with Tella to kidnap Scarlett and head to Caraval with the promise of the use of the third ticket for himself. Once at Caraval, Tella is kidnapped by Legend and finding her is the way to win the game. No one is to be trusted, but that is easier said than done. Secrets are dropped constantly every time Scarlett thinks she might know an answer that throws her for a loop and challenges everything she thinks she knows. This story really keeps you on your toes all the way to the last word- I cannot wait to read the next book.

LPL_ColtonS Apr 18, 2018

Caraval offers the reader an excellently mysterious, magical, and powerful story about running away to the circus, though not any circus you're familiar with. Every year the Caraval holds a strange game for its audience to participate in, and the prize for winning the game always comed with a price. The prize this year is one wish. When Scarlet finally gets her dream of being able to attend Caraval, she finds that the game is centered around her sister, and may be harder and more devious than she thought. This book takes on topics of trust, loyalty, and abuse by a family member, while managing to remain light and magical. Definitely a read for all ages.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Carnival, magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, danger....great ingredients for a book.

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lilyofthevalley3
Mar 15, 2018

I picked up this book because it had raving reviews on another website but I found it slow and the storyline was a bit boring. Sorry!

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "Any Book From The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I liked it, it was a really quick read for the size of the book. It felt quite Alice In Wonderland-y with all the colours and descriptions of Caraval. Hopefully the movie deal follows through, as for once I feel this story would be better seen than read.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

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“No one is truly honest,” Nigel answered. “Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”

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“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

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