Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Caraval


"Scarlett knew he was trying to manipulate her. She’d had enough experience to recognize the signs. Unfortunately, despite her lengthy history of being used by her father, or perhaps because of it, she was never good at evading it.?" 

This book is beautiful. The concept is perfect two sweet sisters, raised by an abusive father, decide to go to an island and run away to play a game. The prize is one wish, something more prized than anything else in the world. 

While this book had a lot of bad tropes such as instant-love, reckless girls, and love triangles. I still really loved it. I loved the character Scarlett, she is so good and genuine that you can't help but fall in love with her. Scarlett really wants security, she wants to escape the wrath of her father. I loved Tella's impulsiveness, she was cute and adorable. She fell in love quickly and was the voice of reason in the crazy moments. 

The Caraval is exactly like what it sounds like, it is a carnival-ish game on an island. People will often go there to play and try and win. The Master is this guy named Legend, who Scarlett is kind of in love with, though she wouldn't admit that. She has been writing to him for years. Finally, he has replied and was nice enough to send three tickets for Scarlett, Tella and Scarlett's fiance. Upon arrival at the island, Tella goes missing and it soon becomes apparent that finding her is all a part of the game. Scarlett must solve the clues and find her sister before Caraval is over.

There is an overall dark feel to this lovely book. I liked the disturbing violence, interesting world building, and fantasy feeling. It was so interesting. 

I disliked the ending though. It isn't a cliff hanger, but it didn't feel like it was wrapped up.  I really want to see what happens next. 

Goodreads Description: 

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 far away, a 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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