I finished reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber for an Around the World ARC Tour.
left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Ok, first of all, am I the only person who kept reading the word "Caraval" as "Carnival"? I kept having to correct myself.
Anyways, the idea of Caraval was interesting, but it was not at all what I expected. It was all dark. I thought there might be some lightness and fun to it but there wasn't. A lot of it was confusing to me. I mean, I guess that was the point of the game but I felt that there were twists and turns. And then twists on those twists. A lot of it left me thinking "huh?"
I'm not sure I really liked any of the characters. Scarlett just didn't seem very exciting to me. I didn't care about her. And Tella seemed too airhead and flouncy. If I had to pick a favorite, it was Julian.
The writing kind of bugged me too. There were too many descriptions of things using colors. All her feelings were colors and there were sensory words everywhere. Sensory overload.
I don't know. I've read such great reviews about the book. Maybe it just wasn't the right time for me to read it.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Caraval will be released on January 31, 2017.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.