Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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I cannot rave enough guys… this book wins everything.
This has made it in to my absolute all time favorites. I can’t even function normally to describe it… I am absolutely floored. Zero complaints. I enjoyed every sentence.. every page.
I couldn’t get enough. It was whimsical, off the charts electric, romantic, mysterious, enchanting, enthralling… full of twists and turns. So many that I thought the ending couldn’t possibly live up to the mystery this created.. but it absolutely did.
My advice is to go into this knowing NOTHING. Seriously, I wanted to throw like 10 billion quotes in my review because I loved it THAT MUCH but its going to be so much more mysterious if you just dive right in. But I’ll say this – I was hooked from the first page. There’s a series of letters that Scarlett writes to the ‘Caraval master’ Legend over a series of years. This story begins when he finally writes back.
I loved the writing and the pacing so so much. It wasn’t too slow but it wasn’t too fast either – it was just right for the character development. Scarlett was the perfect choice for an MC and I loved being in her mind without any outside perspective. Everything about the plot and the other characters are a complete mystery. Good luck trying to guess everything… you’ll need it. The best part of the experience for me personally was trying to guess who was who and who was good/bad.
I literally cannot comment on any of the other characters because it would be a spoiler – but oh man.. you guys. I think I’m in love.
And the end? CLEVER. Wow. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I thought Stephanie was writing herself into a hole with all the mystery but boy oh boy did she deliver.
The setting is another win for this book. If you like the Night Circus, you’ll be pleased. (The plot is totally different but the magical circus/carnival like atmosphere is on point.)
Alright, I know I’ve done nothing but hyped up this book. Do yourself a favor though- go in with zero expectation, spoilers, hints, etc. Just enjoy the ride.
Now excuse me while I go work on fan art because this has taken over my world.