Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Published: January 31, 2017
Format: ARC

My Rating: 2.5 stars/5

Synopsis: 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.


 My thoughts from the Vault

My good friend Jamie over at Books and Ladders decided to be wonderful and host an ARC tour, so a select few bloggers who weren’t lucky enough to receive an ARC of Caraval could get the chance to read and review it before passing it on to the next lucky reader.

I will state that I was very excited for this novel, I was dying to read it because it sounded right up my alley and everything I could hope for. Unfortunately, this book didn’t grab me the way I was hoping for, but because it was such an anticipated release, I forced myself to finish it.

I enjoyed this book, but as I said, it didn’t grab me until around 50%. I was interested in the story and wanted to know how it ended, but I didn’t feel that pull to constantly keep reading.

Once things started to happen around 50%, I started to enjoy the story line. It still felt a bit slow to me but at least something was happening. I did enjoy Julian’s character though Scarlett did irritate me a bit.

Sadly, I found this novel very slow and I wouldn’t have been bothered if I didn’t finish. I really wanted to like this novel but it just didn’t have enough to keep me interested. If you like stories with adventure and a bit of mystery, you could always try Caraval and I hope for your sake it grabs you more then it grabbed me.

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