Caraval – Review

After what felt like forever and thousand great books in between, I finally finished Stephanie Garber’s Caraval

51NGaqZ3yVL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, live alone with their father, the cruel govenour of Trisda, on the island, far far away of Caraval’s magic – a performance once a year, hosted by the master Legend, where the audience can participate in a show and win a price. Scarlett has always dreamed of visiting Caraval one day and finally gets the chance – only one week before marrying an anonymous count to once and for all save her and her sister from her father’s clutches. When Scarlett and her sister arrive at Caraval with the help of the mysterious sailer Julian, her sister disappears. Scarlett can no longer enjoy the show but must find her sister before the game is over or her sister disappears forever.

To be honest, when I read the plot, I didn’t expect a story this intense, as my introduction to the story is really only a very small part of the whole intrigue. Not only must she find Tella, Scarlett must also find out the truth about Legend and his intentions. This book offers so much more than just the search of a lost sister as it slowly reveals the dark secrets of Caraval, its master and  the role the sisters play in it.

I was truly surprised by the fantastic ending as so many turns await for you on the next page. The quote “Welcome for Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems” therefore fits outrageously good to the whole book, as not one thing is quite what it seems.

I also loved the concept of the story, as often the boyfriends or men dissapear, but in this case, the sister disappears. Meaning, the book deals with sisterly love and the will to protect each other.

I also really enjoyed reading from Scarlett’s point of view as I could really empathize with her, willing to marry a stranger to protect her sister takes courage.

SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF YOU HAVE THE INTENTION OF READING THE BOOK!!!

At the end, I first had to deal with the fact that Julian was Legend’s brother and therefore was like 80 years old – despite the fact of looking 20. That kind of thew me off. And I first hat to bear the thought that Legend wasn’t actually a psycho maniac holding Tella captive and trying to kill the sisters. But I guess we’ll see about his intentions in the sequel Legendary.

SPOILER ALERT END

So, all in all, this book really surprised me positively, with its turns and twists, it really is the definition of a page turner!

Authors A-Z

A list of all the authors featured on my blog!

A

Acevedo, Elizabeth – The Poet X

Ashton, Brodi – My Lady Jane

Ashton, Brodi – My Plain Jane

Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane – Pride & Prejudice

Aveyard, Victoria – Red Queen Series

Aveyard, Victoria – WAR STORM

B

Bardugo, Leigh – Crooked Kingdom

Bardugo, Leigh – Ruin and Rising

Bardugo, Leigh – Shadow and Bone

Bardugo, Leigh – Siege and Storm

Bardugo, Leigh – Six of Crows

Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks (complete series)

Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks at Last

Black, Holly – The Cruel Prince

Black, Holly – The Wicked King

Black, Holly – The Queen of Nothing 

Black, Holly – The Queen of Nothing (spoiler review)

Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights

Brooks, Kevin – Black Rabbit Summer

Brooks, Kevin – iBoy

C

Cavallaro, Brittany – A Study in Charlotte

Cavallaro, Brittany – A Question of Holmes

Cavallaro, Brittany – The Case for Jamie

Christie, Agatha – The ABC Murders

Christie, Agatha – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Clare, Cassandra – The Shadowhunter Series

Clare, Cassandra – City of Lost Souls

Clare, Cassandra – Lady Midnight

Clare, Cassandra – Lord of Shadows

Clare, Cassandra – Queen of Air and Darkness

Cotugno, Katie – TOP 10

Cotugno, Katie – 99 Days

D

Davos, Christelle – A Winter’s Promise

E

Estep, Jennifer – Black Blade

F

Farrant, Natasha – After Iris – The Gadsby Siblings

G

Garber, Stephanie – Caraval

Gier, Kerstin – Silver

Gier, Kerstin – Dream a little Dream 

Gordon, Noah – The Physician

Green, John  – Paper Towns

Green, John – The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John – Turtles all the way down

H

Hand, Cynthia – My Lady Jane

Hand, Cynthia – My Plain Jane

Hawkins, Rachel – Royals (new: Prince Charming)

Hitchcook, Bonnie-Sue – The Smell of other People’s Houses

Hunter, Erin – Warriors

I

J

Johnson, Maureen – Truly Devious

K

L

Lindgren, Astrid – The Six Bullerby Children

M

Maas, Sarah J – Throne of Glass 

Maniscalco, Kerri – Stalking Jack the Ripper

Martin, George R. R. – A Game of Thrones

McBride, Nicolas – Letters to a Law Student

Meadows, Jodi – My Lady Jane

Meadows, Jodi – My Plain Jane

Meyer, Marissa – Cinder

Meyer, Marissa – Cress

Meyer, Marissa – Scarlet

Meyer, Marissa – Winter

Miller, Madeline – Circe

Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus 

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O

P

Q

R

Riggs, Ransom – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rio, ML – If We Were Villains

Roth, Veronica – Divergent

Roth, Veronica – The Fates Divide

Roth, Joseph – The Emperor’s Tomb

Rowell, Rainbow – Fangirl

Rowling, JK – The Harry Potter Series

Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

S

Schwab, Victoria – A Darker Shade of Magic

Sebastian, Lauren – Ash Princess

Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle

Sug, Zoe – Girl Online

T

Tahir, Sabaa – An Ember in the Ashes

Thomas, Angie – The Hate U Give

U

V

Valentine, Jenny – Finding Violet Park

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X

Y

Z

Book Titles A-Z

A list of all the featured book on my blog!

A

A Darker Shade of Magic – Victoria Schwaab

After Iris – The Gadsby Siblings – Natasha Farrant

A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

A Question of Holmes – Brittany Cavallaro

Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian

A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro

A Winter’s Promise – Christelle Dabos

B

Black Blade – Jennifer Estep

Black Rabbit Summer – Kevin Brooks

C

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Circe – Madeline Miller

City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare

Cress – Marissa Meyer

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

D

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Dream a little Dream – Kerstin Gier

E

F

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth

Finding Violet Park – Jenny Valentine

G

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

H

Harry Potter – The complete Series – J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

I

iBoy – Kevin Brooks

If We Were Villains – ML Rio

J

K

L

Lady Midnight  – Cassandra Clare

Letters to a Law Student – Nicolas McBride

Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

M

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton

My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton

N

O

P

Paper Towns – John Green

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Prince Charming (originally, Royals) – Rachel Hawkins

Q

Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare

R

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Royals (new: Prince Charming) – Rachel Hawkins

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

S

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

Selection – Kiera Cass

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Shadowhunters – Cassandra Clare

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Silver – Kerstin Gier

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

T

The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie

The Case for Jamie – Brittany Cavallaro

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

The Emperor’s Tomb – Joseph Roth

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Penderwicks – Complete Series – Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street – Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Last – Jeanne Birdsall

The Physician – Noah Gordon

The Poet X  –Elizabeth Acevedo

The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing (spoiler review) – Holly Black

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

The Six Bullerby Children – Astrid Lindgren

The Smell of other People’s Houses – Bonnie – Sue Hitchcook

The Wicked King – Holly Black

Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

TOP 10 – Katie Cotugno

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

Turtles all the way down – John Green

The Three Investigators – by Unkown

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V

W

Warriors – Erin Hunter

WAR STORM – Victoria Aveyard

Winter – Marissa Meyer

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

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Y

Z

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99 Days – Katie Cotugno

The Hate U Give – Review

I don’t know how to start. This book sadly is reality, but it is also so much more: an encouragement for oppressed people to stand up, to demonstrate they have a chance, for people to realize this world hasn’t found a resolution for racism and for young people to cherish life and opportunities. 

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