Caraval follows the journey of two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella, who have always wanted to attend Caraval, an interactive game steeped in magic and mystery. A week before Scarlett’s wedding she finally recieves an invitation to Caraval for her and her sister. However, their abusive father forbids them from attending, forcing the two sisters to sneak off but more is at stake than the wrath of their father when Scarlett discovers that Donatella has been kidnapped by Legend, the mysterous leader of Caraval. Scarlett is forced to try and find her while navigating the twisted journey that is Caraval.
This is part of a series?! When is the next book coming out?! Don’t do this to me! → Literally my reaction when I finished Caraval.
This is by far one of the most immersive books that I have ever read. I found myself questioning everything and everyone along with Scarlett along with being caught up in all the mysticism of Caraval, often forgetting that not everything that is seen or heard is true. I also found myself getting attatched to characters, only to question their true intentons later on.
The descriptions used in the book paint a dark, mysterious and slightly disturbing picture of Caraval, which each description being almost poetic in the way it has been written. This for me was both a good and a bad thing. I enjoyed it in the sense that it added an almost mystical aspect to the story, however it also detracted quite a bit from the storyline. I found myself being quite overwhelmed at times by the complexity of a scene that was trying to be created through these descriptions.
However that being said, I loved the way the book was paced. The fact that the book is divided into parts for every night of caraval made it alot easier to read and keep track of events.
I found myself struggling to relate to scarlett (our protagonist) as I found her character to be a bit stoic at times, however this is possibly due to her age and circumstance. This did not however, detract from my enjoyment of the book.
And that is about it that I am going to talk about. Not only because it was really hard to write a review good enough for the giant ball of awesomeness that is this books, but also because I personally feel that the book is better enjoyed when you go into it knowing almost nothing at all about it.
SO GO PICK IT UP, READ IT, LOVE IT AND TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHT ON THE BOOK ASWELL.
And just remember, it’s only a game…