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Caraval Stephanie Garber

Caraval: Book Review

Caraval (Caraval, #1)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.

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5 Comments

  1. Reply January 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I keep seeing this one all over the place; totally different from what I normally read but I think I need to make some time for this one!

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      January 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Oh I can’t wait to see what you think! I think a wide range of people will end up loving it!

  2. Reply January 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Ahhh! I can’t wait to read this. I have an eARC that doesn’t have a send to Kindle option. *cries* So I’m waiting impatiently for my preorder. I’m really hopeful that it has a similar feel to The Night Circus, because I love that book! All the words you used to describe this have made me even more excited! Eep!

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      January 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Omg you have to tell me what you think when you read it!! It definitely has similar vibes – but I liked this world even a little more than the Night Cirucs world. Both are just gorgeous though!!I can’t wait to see your review!

  3. Reply March 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm

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