Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Stephanie Garber

Round and Round We Go

Are you a ‘read the ending because you just can’t wait to know how it ends’ type of reader? I am usually not. I always want to, but I remind myself each time to be patient. This book however, I am sad to say I read the ending. There are some books out there that after getting a little into them I cave and read the ending. This is usually because the writer has done a fantastic job of making me super invested in the characters and has woven a wonderfully suspenseful tale, that I just can’t wait. A part of me doesn’t want to keep being so incredibly invested if it doesn’t end the way I want. I know there are some of you that are appalled and want to push people like me down a hill. That’s OK, this time I will let you push away. I completely regret that I jumped to the end of this book. Stephanie Garber writes a story that keeps you guessing, Caraval.

“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 and her sister disappears forever.”

This is Stephanie’s debut Novel and I think she did a great job weaving a story and creating characters you become invested in. There were a few plot points that confused me. One of those was the father. It is explained in the book that he wasn’t always that  way, but I felt his character description was too vague and I wanted to know a little bit more. It is a series, The second one comes out in May and is called Legendary. I am hoping that some of my questions I had that didn’t get answered in Caraval will be answered in Legendary.

I really love books like this. I Love being thrown for a loop, well as long the loop ends well. Having read the ending before I finished the book I’m not sure how much of the twists and turns I would have figured out on my own. Even reading the ending there were a few things Stephanie threw at me that I didn’t see coming or hadn’t figured out. So, do your self a favor and enjoy all the delightful surprises in this book and don’t read the ending. I’m talking to you sis. –M.V.



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