A very short book review: Caraval (Caraval #1) By Stephanie Garber
This is a very short book review on the book titled Caraval, the first book of the Caraval trilogy, by Stephanie Garber.
What is it about?
Caraval follows the story of 2 sisters, Scarlett and Donatella. Written from the older sister Scarlett’s point of view, she and her sister took a boat to escape from their cruel father and the island they have lived on all their lives to participate in the long-awaited Caraval after an invitation from the Caraval master, Legend. Thus, begins the story of love, sacrifice, and mystery filled with twists and turns in this magical world of make-believe.
How I Discovered It
The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber has been on my to-read list for quite a while. I haven’t had the chance to sink my teeth into it until recently because I have been on a roll with reading non-fiction but now I’m back on the fiction choo-choo train again.
Hmm. It was….uneventful. Story writing was filled with purple prose and the world-building was immaculate albeit a tad overdone for my liking, but it was what really drew me in and kept me hooked. The characters themselves seem very one-dimensional. Scarlett was mainly either always worried about her sister, or too scared to take chances. I would have thought by adding a love interest for Scarlett would flesh out her character better, but all it does is make her seem whiny and overdramatic. Overall, the idea behind the book was definitely interesting, but the execution was weak.
Who would like it?
Readers who enjoy young adult novels with a good dose of the fantasy genre. Or for those who just want an easy light read during the weekend or summer break because despite its flaws, this book was fast-paced and it was very easy to be immersed into the world of Caraval.
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My Top 3 Quotes
“No one is truly honest. Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”
“Do you always focus on what you’re giving up, rather than what you’ll be gaining? Some things are worth pursuit regardless of the cost.”
“He’s never stared at her like this before. Sometimes he gazed at her as if he wanted to be her undoing, but just then it was as if he wanted her to undo him.”