“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself to magic in this world.”
This book was on my radar for several months before it’s release; I mean, after reading Night Circus, I absolutely adored the whole concept of these magical circuses/ performances. When I saw that Owlcrate’s theme was “Night at the Circus” right around this book’s release, I knew that this was the book that would be included and it killed me waiting to buy the book from stores. And now, after finally reading the book, I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner.
I fell in love with this book pretty much from day one when I read the premise, and I definitely was not disappointed when actually reading the book. Talk about some amazing world-building! It was even more incredible than I could have ever hoped for it to be.
“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold onto. But not much is needed.”
Without giving too much away, I will say that I loved all the characters. I loved the storyline. I loved the twists. I loved the world. I. Loved. Caraval.
I’m not sure that I can ever recall a time that I read a book with as many unexpected twists as this book. I know the whole tag line, “Remember it’s only a game” and Scarlett being told constantly to not believe anything that she sees or hears as truth, I should’ve expected more than I did; but no matter how much I guessed at, there was always something new right around the corner. It definitely held my interest and left me guessing at what certain things could possibly mean- like those damn clues! Every single time I thought I’d figured something out, a new twist came about or something big arose that made you realize you were wrong the whole time. After finishing, I realized something that left me both endlessly pleased and frustrated: the whole book was written with the intent of subtly misdirecting the audience… just like a real magic show.
Pretty sure that this book is, and will remain, among one of my top reads for the whole year. If you’re on the fence about reading this book at all, give it a shot. It’s definitely worth the read.
Waiting for the next book to come out is going to be a whole new breed of torture. With that damn cliffhanger ending, I’m sure I’m not the only one chomping at the bit for the sequel.
“Some things are worth persuit regardless of the cost.”
-Dream a Little Dream (Kerstin Geir): page 40
-Novice (BR with boyfriend): page 104