Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is all about Caraval. And heads up there will be no spoilers.
So now that’s out of the way, lets get into the book. This is another one where I had no idea what it was really about. All I knew was that it was possibly about some kind of circus. Which, if you’ve read it, you know it’s not. So once I realized that I truly had no idea what to expect. But it did have a typical YA feel to it. Heroine who discovers her true self throughout the book, main villain, fantasy world, and of a course a boy! Surprisingly there was no real love triangle. Though it depends on your opinion a what a love triangle is. Does there have to be feelings of love? For me, yes.
Anyway, the main characters are Scarlett, Julian, and Tella. The two girls are sisters and Julian is a sailor that Tella is knows. The three go to Caraval together, Scarlett a little unwillingly. Caraval is a game which is played on a secluded island. The game is hosted by Legend whom Scarlett has been writing to for years. He finally invites her to participate in the game the year she turns 17. When they arrive on the island Tella goes missing and it becomes clear that she is part of the game Scarlett now has to play. She must find her sister to win the game. So much is at stake and I was drawn in to the story right away.
As for the characters themselves, I honestly didn’t love any of them. Though Julian certainly grew on me by the end of the story. I confess that I didn’t realize how much I didn’t love the book until I had finished it and had time to process. The descriptions of Caraval are amazing and there is major character development. Plus some pretty major twists that were really exciting. But I found the narrative of the book to be a bit confusing. I had to reread several parts a few times to get the jist of what was happening. And I found some of the descriptions to be a bit ridiculous. One in particular was, “He tasted like midnight.” Like what does that mean? Idk. Aside from that I was disappointed by the fact that there was no real backstory on the world they lived in or Scarlett and her family. I felt that this book was more like a second book within a series rather than a first. And the ending disappointed, because it felt as though nothing was resolved. I would have liked to see at least one problem solved.
I like this book and I think it has massive amounts of potential to be a great series. The ending did set things up perfectly for the second book. And we do get a shock of sorts. So I eagerly await book #2 and I look forward to more descriptions of Caraval! I think if you like YA you’ll like this book and I definitely think you should give it a chance if you haven’t already! Perhaps you’ll love it!
Thanks for reading guys!
Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna