My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
How I Got It: Purchased ebook
Publication Date: January 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Point of View: 3rd Person Heroine
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Wow! I mean . . . wow!!!!
WHAT I LOVED
Okay, let's start with the gorgeous writing. Every scene, every description, just BREATHED magic. Stephanie Garber evokes every sense as she seeks to put her readers right into the story!
The romance . . . yeah, it was great. And you know what I particularly loved? That I didn't IMMEDIATELY see it coming! Because of how the hero was introduced, I didn't imagine that he could possibly be the love-interest. But then, a few chapters in, I really, really, really hoped he was . . . and then all the deceptions started . . . and then . . . and then . . . It was just so great!
The magic. Everything about this book was magical. There was a strong nostalgia factor for me too, I won't lie. Something about the enchantment of Caraval made me feel the way I used to feel as a kid every time I discovered a particularly wonderful new book. Not because it was really that much LIKE anything I read as a kid . . . but there is just something so classic and wondrous about this adventure.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE AS MUCH
Well, if I'm being totally honest, Scarlett was a bit annoying to me. Can't quite put my finger on why. I mean, I appreciated that she was such a fish-out-of-water, totally unsuited to this kind of daring excitement. That made her experiences all the more vivid. But she still came across just a bit flat to me. A little bit more caricature than character , perhaps.
But really, that's a minor quibble, and I certainly wouldn't dare try to tell Ms. Garber how to do her job better! She needs to just keep on writing these amazing, magical books as quickly as she can so that I can read them. :)
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