Caraval

Caraval

eBook - 2017
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Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250095275
1250095271
Characteristics: 1 online resource (407 pages) : illustration
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this book from some of the reviews I had read. I'd seen some mixed reviews. I went into this at random not expecting a whole lot, but boy was I surprised! I enjoyed this book a lot! I can see some of the similarities to The Night Circus, but this seemed to be in all in all different ball game. I wasn't sure how the story was going to turn out with all the plot twists. I'm still not sure what's going to happen next (please let there be a second book!) Scarlett was a as a matter of fact a likable character. More likable than her sister Tella seemed to be. I would like to know more about Legend because none of my questions were beyond doubt answered about him. For me, this book was hard to put down and was aloof what I needed for a fun read!

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heavenne
Oct 01, 2017

What I loved the most about the book was the setting of Caraval. It’s so beautifully descriptive it feels like a magical place. You’re taken back to the feeling when you were a wee little one and you’re in Disneyland for the first time in your life. It’s that magical feel good feeling that comes back to you when you’re reading the book. At the same time you know things aren’t what they seem and there’s some dark undertones to Caraval. It’s hard not to get swept away (as they have warned you) because everything seems so real and fun.

I loved the plot throughout the book. Like Scarlett, you had doubts as to whether things were real or not. By the time you finished the novel you were still doubting what was real and what wasn’t. Scarlett was at times frustrating and irritating. She hesitated at the wrong times and didn’t listen to anyone when she really needed to. Argh. You wanted to jump in and drag her to point her to the right direction. I didn’t really see her well with Julian because I really saw Julian as more of a means to an end because he guided her throughout the game. However I have to admit, I liked it when he called her ‘Crimson’ it suited his personality at the time (I hope he doesn’t stop calling her that, it adds more to their characters.)

The last few pages of the novel though. Wow. You’re blown away and you’ll have your heart wrenched and torn out of your chest and then it’s put back in. Yet it doesn’t feel the same anymore and you’re left with more questions and wanting more. OH MY GOD I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK! I NEED ANSWERS!

Greatly recommended. Immerse yourself into the world and enjoy. You’ll probably get carried away like I did. Get ready for some good twists that are gut wrenching. You’re not left the same after reading it.

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Doobie2_0
Aug 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, but Scarlett was getting on my last nerves.

AL_KATI Jul 03, 2017

Quite a beautiful novel that brings to mind "The Night Circus." I've heard a movie might be in the works, and this would make a gorgeous film.

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morrisaurus
Jun 12, 2017

This was absolutely one of the best reads I've had in basically forever!!!!! I could not put it down and often found myself up late into the night turning the pages to see what would happen next. I ABSOLUTELY recommend!!!!!

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goddessbeth
May 18, 2017

This book had some hits and some misses for me, so for the sake of a quick review I'm just going to list them out.

I really enjoyed:

The setting, which definitely felt magical and otherworldly, with an interesting juxtaposition of Renaissance Italy politics and rustic charm and Victorian fashion.

Scarlett's unique perception- she's a bit of a synesthete, seeing emotion as colors. I've never read this from a character before, and gave a sense of how vibrant the world is to Scarlett, despite being abused and isolated.

Scarlett's fiance. Not to give too much away, but he made a nice midway point between "not exactly a gentleman" and "not exactly a villain"- rather close to what I assume a lot of people would actually be.

The twists. I did struggle with Scarlett's utter idiocy (see below) but it serves a purpose.
Not only is she growing as a character and learning to take risks and trust herself and thinking analytically instead of just reacting, it allows for some fun twists.

Julian.

The cover, which is prismatic and gorgeous.

I didn't so much enjoy:

Scarlett's father never felt like a fleshed-out character, but some kind of bogeyman. His reasons for abusing his daughters is explained from Scarlett's perspective, but since she's a flawed narrator, I wanted to see a bit of what must have been a complicated and self-justified logic from him. Or maybe I'm overthinking it and he's just a bully.

Sometimes Scarlett was SO DUMB. She did grow, and it's totally justified, but there were a few naive moments where I just had to put the book down because I wanted to shake her. It disconnected me from caring about anything else, plot-wise.

I didn't feel like Donatella was fully realized. Definitely Scarlett's perception of her isn't fully the truth, but most of the time she was more plot device than character. Given the cliffhanger ending, this might be totally rectified in book 2.

Overall, I liked it. I will likely pick up book 2, because I'm curious about what happens next and I want to get to know Donatella (who, to be honest, feels much more "me"). And because I want more Julian. I recommend it for fans of fantasy YA with a dash of clean romance.

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twhitehead24
Apr 22, 2017

I really like "Caraval". Legend, the master of ceremonies of the game, used a scavenger hunt to lead Scarlett to her sister. Along the way, Scarlett has to learn to trust a man to help her. Trust comes hard for Scarlett since her father has beaten her and Tella, her sister, down since her mother left. Scarlett, who is betrothed to another she has never met, meets Julian. Julian's goal was to get her to the island and then walk away. Once Julian met Scarlett, leaving was no longer an option. His goal turned to helping her find her sister and get to know Scarlett along the way. The way to the end was not easy. The ending left you craving immediacy for the next book. Cannot wait to read about what Tella supposedly promised Legend. Hmmm!

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obtusata
Apr 17, 2017

Interesting, likeable characters, lots of twists and mystery, hard to put down.

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Rebole
Apr 10, 2017

This book was ok for me. I love the magic and the intrigue of the game of Caraval, but I expected more. I found the main character, Scarlett and her sister Donatella a tad bit annoying. I didn't hate them, but I didn't love them either. I tried to understand them, expecting their characters to develop as the story continued, but I was disappointed. I still want to read the next book.

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MelissaYAReader
Apr 05, 2017

I loved the magic and the mystery of this story. In many ways it reminded me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While I did find Scarlett to be a bit annoying in the beginning of the novel, and found it irritating that she ignored the warnings she was given, I did like how she developed over the course of the story.

Adventure, fantasy, mystery, and magic--this book was a winner for me. I just wish I could read it again for the first time.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

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“No one is truly honest,” Nigel answered. “Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

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