“Caraval” by: Stephanie Garber

In listening to this audiobook, read by Rebecca Soler, I knew I was going to listen to the whole thing in one day and I was able to do just that. Stopping for breaks and picking right back up, the story line never felt lost or dropped. Everything threaded pretty well together.

This was a fun romp and reminded me a lot of a mix between Alice in Wonderland in the “Is this reality?” feel (“Remember, it’s only a game”) and like a mystery to be solved.

I loved the concept of the currency of Caraval. Trade your secrets, tell your last lie, etc. I REALLY liked the character of Nigel and how h interpreted things about people based on what they focused on with his tattoos.

I *did not* care for Tella. The sister that Scarlett kept trying to “save”. I also was confused as to *why* their father was quite so mean to his own daughters.

Julian was an intriguing character, but I didn’t really feel overly attached to him. I did like that Scarlett was denying certain feelings she had though and was able to work through them.

Regardless of these few drawbacks, I did enjoy this and quickly devoured it.

I have heard that the sequel due out in 2018 is from the perspective of Tella. Since I wasn’t a fan of her character, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I will continue on with the series to the next installment.

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

*****

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