Blog Collaboration Day 1: A Review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Hi guys!

Today, I’m going to introduce to you this three day collaboration which I have decided to pair up with my best friend, @ALovelornVirgo. It has been a while since I last posted something other than book reviews on my blog so having this collaboration here freshens everything up.

In this segment, my bestfriend and I will be giving our reviews on the audiobook and the paperback versions of the book respectively. So if you want to know her opinion on the latter, you may visit her blog @ALovelornVirgo.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading! (smiles)

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Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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★★★★★(5 stars)

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It took seven years to get the letter right…

Scarlett Dragna always dreamed of participating Caraval all through her life. So when Legend finally invited her to join, she and her sister, Tella, finds ways to escape their little isle to the place where magic only show itself up at night.

But it seems like this game of wonders and tricks is not what they think it is and Scarlett needs find her sister before it’s too late. What is she willing to sacrifice to have what she loves the most?

Remember, it’s only a game…

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  • Those luciously described setting. All throughout the book, I have been dying to go where the Caraval is being held. It is so beautifully described that even magic is spilling between its pages! (Swoon)

  • It is easy to visualize despite the fact that magic is such a peculiar thing to imagine. As a very visual person, I sometimes get confussed on what the author is trying to convey especially when the plot gets thicker or when battle scenes tends to be so dense. But with Caraval, I can envision every thing from start to finish. I also love how the author descibed the schizophrenic scene at the near end of the book. It is simply mesmerizing!
  • Each reveal is as shocking as the previous. It is never predictable. From first page to last, you will find yourself guessing, only to find ot that none of them is correct. Its like being part of the game even if you are just sitting there, reading.
  • Mesmerizing book art. I will never regret purchasing the physical copy of the book. It is so unique and artistic that I enjoyed looking at every partitions of the book. Spellbinding indeed.

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  • The main character is a little bit petty for me sometimes. As the story goes on, you will notice Scarlett’s rants about wanting her sister back. I know, the whole thing revolves on that, but for it to be repeated over and over again for the whole first half of the book somehow frustrates me.

  • The morale of loving your siblings unconditionally. Caraval is something almost everyone can relate to especially those who have sisters. It is about the things you are willing to sacrifice in order to give the best.

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I recommend this book for those who are fans of The Night Circus, Alice in Wonderland and A Crown of Wishes. This novel is so mesmerizing and spellbinding that you will find yourself thrilled as you read through the pages.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you soon.

Till my next review!

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4 thoughts on “Blog Collaboration Day 1: A Review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  1. duskangelreads says:

    Awesome review!
    I agree with you about Scarlett being a bit petty at the start but I started to really enjoy her in the second half when she started to develop and grow! And the book art is just gorgeous! I love the map too!

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