REVIEW: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Read on January 25, 2017
Series: Caraval #1
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This was an amazing adventure.
I went in practically blind (all I knew was: two sisters, a game, an island), and it was great, so I'm not giving a synopsis here either, but I will say this: I was not prepared for this book. It is truly unique, complex, dark, action packed, and it had me completely engrossed.
It is very atmospheric and magical. The characters are absolutely awesome, diverse, complex, with interesting dynamics and covered in secrets and lies. I loved the relationship between both sisters.
Both pacing and length were perfect. It's fast, but not too fast and it never drags on. It flowed great.
It is an endless game of twists and turns. You think you know where it will go, what the next twist is, and then it goes and twists some more and you're in a completely different place than you thought you'd be. Or in the direction you so proudly figured out, but further. Or different. Or ...
It's a web of mysteries that you only get more entangled in towards the end, even when you think you've finally understood. I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to try to figure everything out.
Now it's over, I wish I could go back in and experience it all over again with my memory wiped. Since that's impossible, sadly enough, I'll settle for the second best thing. I'll go in again with all I know now to see what parts I missed, what hints I now understand, and try (and fail) to figure out what will happen next.
The story is so complete I hadn't realised it would be a duology and thought it would end. And then the epilogue came and crashed that cliffhanger feeling all over me again. Can I have the next book? Preferably now? PLEASE?
I've heard it will be picked up for film, and I'm already so curious about how that will look. Also, the cover is stunning.
Go in, but go in blind. Avoid spoilers and hints at all costs, don't even read the synopsis if you can avoid it. It's a wild ride from start to finish. Let it envelop you and enjoy it.