Author: Stephenie Garber
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Caraval
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: August 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Romance & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Remember, it’s only a game…
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 over.
But 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 winner.
Scarlett 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. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
I had high expectations for this book, since I knew it was a bestseller sold too many countries. In addition, the cover looks amazing. I’m sure it a fantastic book in its original language but the magic was lost in its translation into Danish. I’m going to purchase the book in English and reread it. However, the only thing I can do now is review it as I’ve read it.
It was easy to read in terms of words usage. However, the book lacked conversation so at times the pages felt meters long. I’m not a fan of the third person narrator. I like first person narrators they seem more reliable. I think it would have made the story better as well.
It seems the perception of this book is well diverse. Some can’t get their hands down from excitement whilst others hate it with a passion. I’m neither. It’s not good not bad.
I didn’t like the main character, she was too detached for me to figure out and she had no visible growth throughout the book. The other characters seemed to lack certain qualities to make them seem real.
I wasn’t laughing at any point or gasping with excitement. I wasn’t spellbound or ecstatic with reading it. It didn’t speak to me and at times, I wanted to skip so badly.
The people whom thought the book was magic lost all spark in the second book, and for that simple reason, I’m only going to read this first book.
This book was too much Drama and girly girl. I don’t mind descriptions of dresses, Hell I was a major fan of the Selection trilogy. However, everything that happened felt misplaced, overacted and miscalculated. It lacked the fantasy element I was sure to gain from this. It’s dull and without any kind of magic. The first 100 pages were dreadful to read and when I reached the part when the story had to begin, it lacked mystique and “the feel”