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)

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Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

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★★★(3 stars)

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Josephine Montfort has everything a girl could ever want. Born in one of New York’s richest family, Jo was always given the best. But when her father is seen dead in his study while cleaning his revolver, Jo is sure that everything is not just a mere accident.

Determine to find the culprit, Jo now, started to investigate in the dirtiest and the most unexpected parts of the city. As she tries to uncover the truth, she will learn that the truth is the dirtiest of all.

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  • I am so in love with the forensic part of the novel. Oscar, the forensic pathologist in the story, describes each and every detail of his findings in a very scientific yet understandable way.

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Book Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

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★★★★★(5 stars)

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Ever since his father died, Vic’s life has been a total mess. With Frank, his mother’s boyfriend wanting to become Frank, the husband, life becomes even worse.

To avoid the horrors his life will face, he ran, together with his father’s ashes, leading him to meet Madeline, the girl with a story to tell and the rest of the gang.

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  • Its urban-styled writing gives you the street vibe of the story. The novel is written in such a manner that it is as if you are simply having a soulful conversation with a stranger, may it be the guy sitting beside you in a bus or just simply someone else.

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ARC Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

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★(1 star)

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I have received an advance readers copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Madi’s Blog MadLibs is more popular than she thought. With lots and lots of viewers and followers, Madi has found comfort in her online friends including Laurent. With this blossoming romance, Madi has found herself drowned and she must save herself before everything, incuding Laurent, is lost forever.

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  • There are really relatable scenarios in the novel. I, myself, sometimes vent out my anger, happiness and even frustrations out in social media. It is a way of releasing tension and feels. What I love about this novel is the way it captures the reality of being a blogger inside and out and how online friendship can be real.

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