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 faraway, once a year performance where the audience participates in the show are overBut 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 winnerScarlett 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


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  1. emma emma says:

    record scratch freeze frame Yup, that s me Scarlett Dragna, main character of the YA hit Caraval You re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation If everysinglethingthathappenedinthiswholebook was anything to go by, it was through a combination of pointless lying, constant embarrassment, obsession with Some Guy, a big act of caring about a younger sister despite very little indication of that being true, unrelenting drama about a dumb wedding, repetitive interactions, weird descri record scratch freeze frame Yup, that s me Scarlett Dragna, main character of the YA hit Caraval You re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation If everysinglethingthathappenedinthiswholebook was anything to go by, it was through a combination of pointless lying, constant embarrassment, obsession with Some Guy, a big act of caring about a younger sister despite very little indication of that being true, unrelenting drama about a dumb wedding, repetitive interactions, weird descriptions, gender based generalizations, and insanely personal info dumps about emotional happenings from the past insert elegant bow here And that, my dear friends, is my Scarlett Dragna impression Thank you Yes, thank you Oh, please, stop with the standing ovation I m just like all of you Except I possess such bitterness and have such a grasp of the future that I wrote a character description at the 25% mark, and god did it hold up.Yup You guessed it I didn t like my most anticipated book of the year.https emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co What a surpriseyou probably all chant in unison I almost felt guilty about writing a negative review about this book because it s about to be damn negative but then I remembered it s THIS BOOK S FAULT It marketed its damn self as a young adult The Night Circus It must take some serious goddamn gonads to look at a masterpiece, essentially magic with a front and back cover, and go, Yeah My book is just like that Spoiler alert it s really, really not.Oh, God, this review is going to be long My bullet point list of notes alone is long And I am putting away fruit snacks like nobody s business, so I ve got enough sugar in my system to sustain a lengthy burst of anger Strap in, everybody Note from later I sugar crashed when I was almost done this review But it did last me through most of it THE SETTINGAll I want is a good setting All those times I said I just want a good character to love and settle down with, I think and relish this rare gift of a moment I think I was wrong I think I care most about settings Hence why books with magnificent settings get five star ratings no matter what And thus, it is my curse to eternally pick up every book that is compared to The Night Circus.This book does not have a good setting It s confusing everything that seems solid is gone back on later Nothing is real That doesn t lead to a good setting But I ll talkabout the constant, piece of sh t cop outs later in this review It lacks the strong descriptions that a setting literally needs It doesn t feel magical at all More on that later, too But above all, it s not goddamn GROUNDED.Haha That GIF made me feel a little better Thank you, my favorite person of all time forever, Bo Burnham Anyway, as I was saying This Is Not Grounded In Round 14 of 3947234829 why The Night Circus is better than this book and the latter should never have been compared, TNC takes place in our world Yeah The author presumably realized 1 maybe we need a little bit of magic And 2 she couldn t create one of the greatest settings of all time while also establishing a fantasy world It would have weakened the whole book.But Stephanie Garber did NOT make the same choice Instead, we re unceremoniously dumped into a world where there are islands and colonizing empires and that CLASSIC YA trope of using clunky terms to differentiate the world from the real one like Hot Season, because they don t have WORDS FOR THE SEASONS Evenfun, during this book characters travel between countries colonies islands empires I have no idea, and the reader has NO GODDAMN CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON.Alright, I think I ve talked about the setting for too long I see that now But this is an UNFORGIVABLE OFFENSE, OK THE CHARACTERSWe re introduced to a world s worth of characters here, and this book achieves quite a feat they all manage to be either flat, boring, or both Yaaaaay I m totally ready to try to pretend to feel emotionally connected to these goons for 400 pages First Scarlett Cannot believe we were trapped inside the head of the most boring character of all time throughout what was supposed to be a suspenseful thrill ride But, obviously, was not She s easily embarrassed, obsessed with propriety, falls in pretty much instalove with Julian because he s hot Lies all the time because poor widdle gal is embarrassed of something or other about herself Super weak Constantly questioning her own reasoning and letting others make decisions for her Tries to act like she s a protective older sister, but, speaking as a protective older sister, she doesn t give much of a sh t about family when she s staring into Julian s eyes or literally sucking his fingers But then we get into a whole different type of characters Those who, by the end, we know NOTHING ABOUT Tella, Julian, Legend We re given descriptions of them that are gone back on, returned to, and gone back on again Nothing is real The whole thing is confusing and an absolute waste of energy I came SO GODDAMN CLOSE to DNFing this book because it has about 100 twists and none of them make sense. I wanted to shake myself out of a nightmare What the hell was going on for 400 pages Beyond that, they re boring and I don t want to talk about them And so were the villains Scarlett and Tella s dad is literally ruthless for no reason His wife left him and now he plays psychological games of abuse with his daughters There s a moment where he essentially tries to get his daughter s fianc to rape her And for what reason It makes no sense No sense at all He slaps a random girl across the face at one point, murders some random dude I don t know what excuse to make for that except that this book is sloppy.THE PLOTWord to the wiseif you haven t read this book, you may want to skip this section Even the stuff I don t mark as spoilers may be somewhat spoilery I ll try, kind of.So this book centers on Caraval, the supposedly wonderful setting I ve already moped about for way too long Caraval attracts a bunch well, an unknown number of people, and is supposed to be a scavenger hunt style game Somehow, though, in spite of the bajillion people who actually give a sh t competing against her, Scarlett just stumbles into the goddamn clues.Here s my world famous I ve become famous since the beginning of this review, right Scarlett impression, coming back to show you what following her through this shindig feels like Oh, this terrible poem slash cheat sheet I was unceremoniously given says I have to earn the next clue It s probably just this thing I randomly picked up along my travels with zero fanfare Or maybe it has something to do with a situation I just stumbled into Doesn t matter which choice I make, somehow it ll be manipulated into being the right one Where are the stakes I also feel like 80% of this is just us listening to boring old Scarlett being like, Omg, I think Julian is lying to me Whatever shall I do I don t trust him I just want to kiss his face off Etc, etc And despite spending ALL OF HER TIME with him, she s never just like view spoiler And when Scarlett s piece of shit dad shows up with her fianc to like, punch her in the stomach until she says she ll make babies or whatever, she and luhhhhhhverboy have the DUMBEST REACTION They get caught in a poor widdle thunderstorm, stop to make out for somewhere between 90 minutes and 7 hours, and get caught by the Dynamic Duo of Bad Characters despite being about 1 f cking yard away from an entrance to a hidden tunnel system. An entrance they knew about all along I wish they both died hide spoiler view spoiler Also two deaths, neither real, both anticlimactic and annoying Not A Fan That s literally just a ploy to make it seem like your dumb book has the emotional depth it strives for WHICH IT ABSOLUTELY DOESN T hide spoiler And this book is just one cop out after another Weird choice to write a supposed high fantasy book without wanting to define your world at all Everything that is said definitively is gone back on, so many conflicting descriptions of Caraval are given that I couldn t summarize them if I tried, and on top of all that, we don t even get answers at the Big Reveal.LANGUAGEThis book is writtenweirdly For one thing, Scarlett, in order to remind us of her special snowflake status, sees emotion in COLOR It is straight up so annoying Here are a handful of my least favorite instances, for your reading horror enjoyment.1 She could see the sting of her rejection in shades of stormy blue, ghosting over his heart like sad morning mist 2 Periwinkle curiosity I don t know why I hate that one so much I just really do 3 It would have been a mistake to kiss him, yet she felt disappointed It came in cool shades of forget me not blue, which wrapped around her like evening fog, making her feel hidden enough to acknowledge that she wanted to experienceof Caraval s pleasures than she would ever have admitted out loud Did you notice anything besides how irritating that quirk is Numbers 1 and 3 are pretty much the DAMN SAME What the hell The language in this book isn t always AWFUL, it s justweird Every sentence is very overwrought Like, not everything has to have figurative language Here s my favorite example The worst poem I have ever, ever read is in this book And I m an English major who hates poetry Would you like to read itThis girl was last seen with Legend.If you catch her, you shall catch him as well.Of course, you may have to venture through Hell.But if you succeed you may find yourself rich.This year s winner will be granted one wish I do have to give this book some props, because this is the first time I have ever had to shut a book for 90 seconds in order to hysterically laugh No one ever told me that the word rich rhymes with wish Hahahaha This poem should be used to teach the importance of using meter.GENERAL STUPIDITYI haven t had the absolute privilege of writing one of these sections in a while It s like a homecoming An unpleasant, unwanted homecoming Like if my home was a festering swamp, or a city sewer system.Here s one beautiful example seriously, it s like a gift from the reviewing gods Then she did her best to explain the truth about death and Caraval Tella didn t know the particulars as to how it worked It was one of those things that people didn t really talk about See what I mean Instead of the author coming up with an actual defined magic system, she just says Oh, umwell the character doesn t know There s that The world has no definition and neither does the magic In other words, some of the sloppiest fantasy I ve ever had the privilege to read.Plus, there s a lot of weird stuff going on with hooking up with your family members sloppy seconds I don t want to talk about it because I m grossed the f ck out I just want to let everyone know I m SUPER not a fan There s also a fun moment where Scarlett lectures her sister on how You can t be in love with someone you just met, even though a she fell in luuurve with Julian in less than 5 days and b she was planning on marrying someone she d never met, and thought she could tell he was a good guy THROUGH LETTERS So dumb.And then maybe my favorite moment of all When a fortune teller tells Scarlett she wants love and protection, her reaction is even worse than I would have expected from a character I hate She says, Isn t that what every girl wants WHAT THE DAMN HELL No No, not every girl, you piece of shit It s fine to want that, but some girls want adventure and knowledge and friendship and bravery and the ability to look out for their damn selves What the actual f ck Bottom line I can t believe how much I hated this book Or how long this review is Boring setting, boring characters, boring plot Overall confusing language and decisions and reveals I honestly wish I had never read this book


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    I feel the same way about Caraval as I did about The Star Touched Queen last year In fact, many of my comments are the same, so if you enjoyed that book then it s probable you will like this one also.Caraval is a fantasy without world building or significant character development It relies on its dreamy descriptions, purple prose, and a heavy helping of romance to make it dazzle To take a quote from my review of The Star Touched Queen, if you buy into these metaphors, put on your prose tinte I feel the same way about Caraval as I did about The Star Touched Queen last year In fact, many of my comments are the same, so if you enjoyed that book then it s probable you will like this one also.Caraval is a fantasy without world building or significant character development It relies on its dreamy descriptions, purple prose, and a heavy helping of romance to make it dazzle To take a quote from my review of The Star Touched Queen, if you buy into these metaphors, put on your prose tinted glasses and let yourself get drunk on the glittering descriptions, I suppose you might be able to ignore that s literally how I feel about this.It is about two sisters Scarlett and Tella who live on some random island in the middle of random world X with their abusive father who wants to marry Scarlett off to a count she s never met Caraval is, as it sounds, a carnival like game on another random island People go there to play and if they win, they get a wish The mysterious Caraval master is a guy called Legend, who Scarlett has been writing to for years, but he has now finally replied and sent 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.For one thing, this is a writing style that never appeals to me So many metaphors and similes that I know are supposed to be evocative and exciting, but they re nonsensical Phrases like thisIt smelled like the middle of the night He tasted like midnight and wind Tella s expression fell, like a doll Scarlett had droppedI understand that some readers like this kind of mysterious, weird writing, but it just pulls me right out of the story I m sat there thinking how the hell does something TASTE LIKE MIDNIGHT What does it even mean that Tella s expression fell like a doll that Scarlett dropped Does it mean that Tella is like a doll being dropped i.e unhappy doll or is the author equating the downwards turn of her expression with the downwards fall of a doll Or neither it just sounds good And here, have some Something about him made her feel perilous shades of silky black The world tasted like lies and ashes when Scarlett woke Something acidic and moldy and burnt bubbled up through Scarlett s throat the taste of deathLet s forget for a second that death now has a taste is the author just listing random words that sound cool Think about it How can something taste acidic AND moldy AND burnt I just don t believe that good writing is collecting as many exciting, descriptive words as possible and shoving them all together, regardless of whether they make any sense.But whatever That s just taste for the writing style I personally thought the story was lacking too, unless you are seekingromance and descriptions of male muscles than actual fantasy and mystery From the very beginning, Scarlett goes on and on about the gorgeous men around her Julian and Dante often forgetting that her sister is missing because she is so caught up in her own romantic ambitions And, of course, when Julian is seen talking with another girl, said girl is described as some tart in a bar in comparison to Scarlett who blushes every time Julian looks at her He had the sort of profile meant for sculptors and painters Full lips, strong jaw, coal dark eyes sheltered by thick, dark brows. Do you think that she means sculptures and paintings instead Or is it a stereotype I don t know about that artists are supposed to have a certain sort of profile AnywayI found so much of this book unsatisfying I gave it an extra star because it remained interesting enough for me to read to the end, but there s not muchthan a flowery romance contained within these pages The mysteries and reveals are not particularly exciting, and there s a poorly executed end moment where a character reveals everything through a long speech like a magician dropping character at the end and telling the audience how they did it.Also, as a side note and I wasn t sure if I was going to mention this or not I got a very strong sense that I had read this story before Most people probably won t know what I m talking about But back when I was about eleven twelve years old, I read a book called The Forbidden Game by the same author who wrote Vampire Diaries, about a girl who gets pulled into a game and must find her friends before the time is up There s also a mysterious, gorgeous guy called Julian pulling the strings holy shit, I was in love with him back then and this book is so similar Really It makes me wonder if the author read it too.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


  3. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Reread this gem before picking up my arc of Finale because I m not ready for these books to end Hitting up the audio this go around, compliments of my library via Hoopla How can I write a review for this giant ball of awesome and do it justice I was intrigued by the summary from the second I found this was coming out, but had no clue if it would live up to the hype The back cover boasts ofThe spell casting fantasy destined to become a sensationand Fox 2000 has al Reread this gem before picking up my arc of Finale because I m not ready for these books to end Hitting up the audio this go around, compliments of my library via Hoopla How can I write a review for this giant ball of awesome and do it justice I was intrigued by the summary from the second I found this was coming out, but had no clue if it would live up to the hype The back cover boasts ofThe spell casting fantasy destined to become a sensationand Fox 2000 has already purchased the rights to turn this into a major motion film, which claims some pretty mind blowing story is within the covers This book was even better than I could have imagined and then some Hi, my name s Chelsea and I m addicted to Stephanie Garber s world of Caraval The blurb tells you everything you need to know going in honestly, the less you know the better and theconfused you feel, theenjoyable your reading experience will be Every single chapter had some sort of twist, and whether it was minor or major, it got me EVERY SINGLE TIME This book was somehow 400 pages, but it went by too quickly I kept saying Just onechapter and next thing you know, it was finished Sort of Because YAY book 2 is coming Well, once she writes it of course No pressure Steph I m only gnawing my nails to the bloody nub in anticipation Surprisingly, one of my favorite things about this book was the budding romance between Julian and Scarlett I must be maturing HAH and opening my reading door to some new things, because years ago this would have grossed me out to the core The good news is it isn t gross and cheesy the tension continually grows throughout the book but it is really quite clean This is something I wouldn t bat an eye at letting my teenager read the romance was tastefully done and, while refraining from being cheap and raunchy, sucked the reader in as the relationship grew IMO, this showed what true talent the author had in being able to gain the reader s interest in her romantic composition without relying on overdone sexual situations that are graphic and distracting from the heart of the story.JULIAN I know Scarlett is supposed to the the show stopper here, but Julian stole the limelight for me I fell in love with his character from the first page he showed up he s rugged, bold, and hilarious while carrying meaningful dialogue and playing a deeper role than just eye candy I found myself cheering for him constantly throughout the story, and even when suspicion is cast his way multiple times which both was rightly and wrongly cast , I couldn t have cared less This series I believe was set up, not as a complete focus on one character with many supporting roles, but as a character study on multiple people with acomplex story that interweaves multiple interests While it is told mostly through Scarlett s POV, we have a view into other s interests as well, and the massive cliff hanger on the final page has set this up to be a strong series that should continue without a hitch.There is an overall dark feel to this book, and there is some disturbing violence in a fantasy related sense, but it was necessary and intriguing to the story line The mystery surrounding Legend and his traveling Caraval performers was breathtaking I found myself completely lost in this otherworld To me, it had a historical fiction feel with a side of science fiction due to the fantasy aspect, which made for a unique read I m not sure what else to add, other than I have an advanced case of Caraval hangover and need the book 2 cure ASAP If you enjoy Young Adult novels, regardless of your age, you ll want to open your heart and your book shelf up to this one I hate writing reviews this far in advance for a book that doesn t come out until next year, but go ahead an pre order, make a note to yourself to request at your library in January, or go to NetGalley and request your copy, because it will have a guaranteed spot on my Top 10 Wrap Up at the end of the year I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review So SO grateful and am already sending up prayers for book 2 once it s ready


  4. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it s all a game .4.5 stars I m very impressed with this book The most important thing you need to know is that, although it s marketed as such, it really isn t a competition per se I mean, it s as much a competition as THE NIGHT CIRCUS is.Sure, it s a game indeed, a treacherous game that you can lose yourself in at any moment, but it s not a competition I m not going to elaborate, because I d have to reveal some things that w Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it s all a game .4.5 stars I m very impressed with this book The most important thing you need to know is that, although it s marketed as such, it really isn t a competition per se I mean, it s as much a competition as THE NIGHT CIRCUS is.Sure, it s a game indeed, a treacherous game that you can lose yourself in at any moment, but it s not a competition I m not going to elaborate, because I d have to reveal some things that will spoil some surprises, so you ll just have to trust me on that.But it s good, so good It plays with the reader so well It s not only Scarlett who risks her life to win the game, it s also us, or so I felt I felt as I were a player myself Sometimes characters are clueless and don t see what is in front of them while we readers scream our heads off trying to make them SEE This never happens in this book Because whenever Scarlett learns something, we learn it too.The reader in me can t help but try to guess what has happened and who that character is and what the characters will face in the future, etc I just can t help myself And so that s what I did But even though I kept trying to have things figured in my mind before the main character ever could, I still ended up being delightfully surprised.What really shines in this book is the action Every new chapter brings a new setting or mishap or character the story progresses well Sometimes scenes can be lethargic because of an exaggerated amount of description, but that too never happens in CARAVAL What stole my heart was the magical, fairytale esque writing style and narration Though it obviously is a young adult novel no cross genre going on I didn t mind that it wasn tsexy or ghastly It s very worth reading if you re a fan of fantasy novels, uncanny and treacherous stories and thrilling, intelligent plots.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin


  5. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    This freaking book HOLY CRAP I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit when it comes out, and rightfully so This is the kind of story that you just want to devour because you can t get enough It s a beautiful story about sisterhood and adventure, full of amazing characters and a delightfully dark world It s this grotesque Wonderland like world where the Mad Hatter is calling the shots Honestly cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this Keep an eye out for it because wow This freaking book HOLY CRAP I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit when it comes out, and rightfully so This is the kind of story that you just want to devour because you can t get enough It s a beautiful story about sisterhood and adventure, full of amazing characters and a delightfully dark world It s this grotesque Wonderland like world where the Mad Hatter is calling the shots Honestly cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this Keep an eye out for it because wow Video review to come closer to publication date


  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    Well that was disappointing.


  7. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    Welcome, welcome to Caraval The grandest show on land or by seaEver since Scarlett was a child, she heard tales of the wonderful, mysterious and dangerous Caraval Trapped on a tiny island by her monster of a father, Scarlett dreams of nothing but attending Hundreds and hundreds of people hope and beg for a position in the games all in the attempt to obtain the grand prize a single wish.Much to Scarlett s delight and terror, just a few days before her wedding she receives an invitati Welcome, welcome to Caraval The grandest show on land or by seaEver since Scarlett was a child, she heard tales of the wonderful, mysterious and dangerous Caraval Trapped on a tiny island by her monster of a father, Scarlett dreams of nothing but attending Hundreds and hundreds of people hope and beg for a position in the games all in the attempt to obtain the grand prize a single wish.Much to Scarlett s delight and terror, just a few days before her wedding she receives an invitation At the insistence of her younger sister Tella and a mysterious boy, Scarlett escapes her island home and tyrannical father to enter the games Only, things do not go as planned Her sister is missing and the dangers are mounting will she be able to make it to her wedding Will she be able to make it out alive The main problem I had with this book is the decision making skills, the magic and the general YA ness Unfortunately, that overshadowed the book The Decision Making skillsaka we are always going for the worst option, aren t weThere s being shelteredand then there s being extremely stupid Scarlett Dragna falls under the latter There were so many, many times I wanted to shake her if there is choice between a dark, dank ominous cave vs a gentle sunlight path, she d be halfway down the cave monster s gullet before I could blink She just has a knack for that sort of thing It probably doesn t help that despite repeated assurances that What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don t let any of it trick you We will try to convince you it s real, but all of it is a performance A world built of make believeOur lovely Scarlett believes everything every single thing that is said to her The Magicaka it s not SUPPOSED to be realistic, Haha I loved the idea of the Caraval the ethereal magic, the enigma of the game and of course the trickery of Legend But, the book fell short The world building needed to be significantly stronger For a world that was purported as being one of intense magic and intrigue, everything was a bit meh and haphazard The author used the excuse but it s magic as a crutch sofreaking much.To explain there s magic worlds out there that I believe 100% Harry Potter, for example, was beautifully fleshed out Yes, it was pure magic but it was also purely believable I could instantly tell you what would and wouldn t make sense in this world Caraval not so much The author has all these wild crazy ideas and instead of building and connecting them she just called it magic and that was itFor example, one of the bigger things in this novel was the clothing changes A dress changes color, shape, form And is the perfect size How Magic but how Is it a spell Enchanted object Mysterious ancient witchcraft It s magicNo seriously How do you have godlike seamstress powers I SAID IT WAS MAGICOkay So there s magic dresses But how does that connect to the magic people Mysterious sellers ArtifactsMagic cocks gunSo ultimately, the magic was used as a cool and trendy tool rather than a fleshed out aspect of the world General YA nessaka this sounds familiar Of course, because this is YA romance, all the big kisses had to have oddly specific descriptions He tasted like midnight and wind, and shades of rich brown and light blue. And, even better It tasted like the moment before night gives birth to morning It was like the end of one thing and the beginning of something else all wrapped up together Swoooooon. The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading ChallengeAudiobook CommentsThe tone and inflection were alright, but listening to it fell a bit flat I think it was because how frustrated I was with Scarlett s decisions The narrator Rebecca Soler was fabulous in other books, I think it was just me being annoyed with the story rather than something on her end If you are curious about Rebecca Soler, check Tucker the Reader s interview YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  8. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    Read 2 April 2019I am hERE to reread before Finale and also am just so happy to be melting back into this world It s such a vivid, lush and gorgeous book, I pretty much can t contain myself I do think Legendary is superior to the two, but I really appreciated Scarlett s journey through PTSDthis time She s absolutely fighting through the trauma of abuse to live a life where she can make choices without spiralling into fear I m just I love Scarlett Tella is my fave and Legendary Read 2 April 2019I am hERE to reread before Finale and also am just so happy to be melting back into this world It s such a vivid, lush and gorgeous book, I pretty much can t contain myself I do think Legendary is superior to the two, but I really appreciated Scarlett s journey through PTSDthis time She s absolutely fighting through the trauma of abuse to live a life where she can make choices without spiralling into fear I m just I love Scarlett Tella is my fave and Legendary is my pick of the books, but Scarlet is not weak sapling Also it s GORGEOUS And I am 10 10 here for literally every time someone mentions Dante, they re like, eh, he s pretty and he knows it He does know it Dante is the prettiest Read 1 Sept 2017Okay why didn t I read this sooner IT S SO MAGICAL I totally preordered it and then immediately decided to wait 9 months to read it I don t know either, mate This is the life of the Procrastination Queen Also I saw a lot of disappointed reviews, so I was prepared for teeth gnashing and refurbishing it as a hat if I didn t like it But I kind of accidentally loved it Except for the narrator I would be like 500% okay if Scarlett fell into a bucket of soup and never got out BUT NARRATOR ASIDE wow it was weird and wonderful The world was actually incredible.It s like set in this mysterious carnival type island world So think gondolas and weird tunnels and magical shops and doors that change directions and rooms that grow and shrink with your emotions It was like Alice in Wonderland but SINISTER and with a vague circus vibe and like set IN VENICE Duuuude I like I LOVE it when buildings have their opinions though lowkey am curious why that room didn t crush Scarlett because that would ve been exciting BUT OK The writing was rather beautiful too.Except for that line where she likened a kiss to giving birth to the dawn or whatever and I m likemate You do not put BIRTH and KISS in the same thought with a guy you just met Ya know Anyway I really liked all the vivid descriptions It didn t feel too flowery but just added to the magical vibe So so much magical vibes Mind twisty They start off the book saying nOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS and Scarlett promptly forgets that 2 seconds later and freaks out over everything I would like to stuff her in a shoe But it was really really well done I had SO many questions It tossed me about a LOT And I questioned everyone adn decided they were all evil by page 3 So basically I had a freakin good time I loooove worlds that are so morally grey and all IT S A GAME AND EVERYONE S GONNA GET STABBED I mean Monopoly was so yesterday Okay but real talk Scarlettwhy.Just why She was the typical I am a good and wholesome creaturesort of character who informed us 87 x per chapter that she was GOOD Aka, super boring I do think she had good character development, but if a bucket had narrated it would ve been just as exciting Which is weird that I still love the book a LOT even if Scarlett is as stimulating as that plastic fork over yonder Nice SISTER STORY Except Scarlett was boring and Tella was a self centred ass, but you know what Familyya can t pick em And I do love books about sisters, EVEN IF Scarlett did forget for a second she wasn t Elsa and threw out the You can t love a boy you just met line even though Scarlett was freaking in love with a boy she just met. Apparently we are in Disney now The romance was honestly super BITTER and I liked it.Let s have some salt and vinegar on those CHIPS my friends, because Scarlett is Too Holier Than Thou to fall in love with the rougish sailor who I was totally all for 100% of the time Especially when I thought he was the villain That would ve been a fab plot twist But whatever JULIAN YOU DASTARDLY LITTLE SNAKE I loved how they fought so much but obviously cared about each other shipping A few negatives Eh, okay so the ending had a LOT of high stakes things going on butit was kind of writing so apathetically I wasn t even worried It was too rushed and the reactions of the characters weren t realistic enough Also I m a fussy turnip Just in case you didn t pick that up yet I also am frikkin sick of fantasy being so sexist because there s literally no need in a world that s not attached to ours STAHP And there was a LOT of repetition Irritating ya But I survived because I m a champion inside.ALL IN ALL Look I thoroughly enjoyed the magical setting and it gave me ALL SORTS OF FANTASY APPRECIATION No really I finished it and thought I love this, I genuinely do and I want to immediately readbooks about Caraval and hopefully find myself a bedroom that expands when I putbooks in it because I am heckin running out of bookshelf room here Narrator nope Although I loved that it was in 3rd person Julian yes Creeptastic psycho mysterious Carvanal master HECK YES And the world is honestly so inspiring to me I need to eat a cake and sit down for a while.Every person gets on impossible wish, if the person wants somethingthan anything, and they can find a bit of magic to help them a long


  9. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    3rd reread What the frack I don t know if it was the audio or if my real feelings came to the surface I just know I didn t really like it My February Owlcrate Box HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER Loved it I guess I should put up the big ole spoiler label just in case I get spoilery First off let me just get this off my chest I wanted to smack Scarlett about 15 times during the book because she said this one thing about 50 billion times I have to get back to get married I have to get b 3rd reread What the frack I don t know if it was the audio or if my real feelings came to the surface I just know I didn t really like it My February Owlcrate Box HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER Loved it I guess I should put up the big ole spoiler label just in case I get spoilery First off let me just get this off my chest I wanted to smack Scarlett about 15 times during the book because she said this one thing about 50 billion times I have to get back to get married I have to get back to get married I have to get back to get married I have to get back to get married I have to get back to get married Okay those are not the EXACT words but still ya get me But I digress The sexual tension between Scarlett and Julian could melt butter And gave me some twinges at times Good twinges I guess I should just crack on with the book Soooooooooooo, Scarlett and Donatell Tella have a jerk face for a father and they are stuck on an island with him He will do horrible things to them or other people if they dare try to escape But Scarlett has a way out, she is to marry some dude her father set her up with and take her sister, Tella, with her Scarlett has never met this man and her father won t tell her anything about him Like that s not sketchy When Scarlett was younger she used to write letters to Master Legend for years trying to get him to come to their island with his Caraval Of course he never comes but one day many moons later he sends a letter to Scarlett inviting her and Tella and a guest to his Caraval on an island down on the right Scarlett is so happy but she knows she won t be able to go because she will be getting married soon but Tella gets her to go It s an unsavory way but Scarlett, Tella and Julian whom Tella met while he was visiting their island all end up at Caraval And it s crayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Things and people are not what they seem And they say that Legend creeps around watching people You also have the choice of watching the show or participating in the show to get a special wish at the end if you are the winner But the show can drive you mad Turns out Tella is put into the show and everyone in the show must find her or she could die What Julian decides to help Scarlett out and it s so freaking good I m shutting my mouth and not saying another thing because you need to read it and find yourself in the crazy land of Caraval I wonder where the next book will take us Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  10. jessica jessica says:

    Q if i could live in any fictional world, what would it be A the world of caraval im still just as obsessed with its magical mystery as i was the first time reading this._________________________one of the coolest things i have ever experienced was an interactive play you walked around from room to room in this large house where actors portrayed characters, acted out scenes, but also involved you this book was like that, but only 1000xmagical i mean, not to be dramatic, but i would Q if i could live in any fictional world, what would it be A the world of caraval im still just as obsessed with its magical mystery as i was the first time reading this._________________________one of the coolest things i have ever experienced was an interactive play you walked around from room to room in this large house where actors portrayed characters, acted out scenes, but also involved you this book was like that, but only 1000xmagical i mean, not to be dramatic, but i would bargain my soul to every one of the fates to be able to live in a world where i could participate in a caraval game i am OBSESSED.there is nothing quite like the amazement and sensational wonder of this book i just wanted to crawl into the pages and spend the rest of my days enthralled by the enchanting magic of this story i love stories that make me second guess what i know and think, and this captivated me from the first page the stakes are high, unseen forces are in play, and the truth of everything ishidden than the identity of caraval master legend himself this was truly an experience, one i will want to read again and again 5 stars