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Caraval

By: Stephanie Garber
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nonetheless, she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And whether it's real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over and her sister disappears forever.

©2017 Stephanie Garber (P)2017 Macmillan

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Interesting teen romance

The narrator was fantastic, she really made the book work through speech. Very heartfelt, enthusiastic and genuinely full of emotion.
I really enjoyed the storyline even though it is aimed at the teenage variety it still has some guts to it and it's worth the listen.
Plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

And finally...... you should expect:

Lots of smiling, sneering, grinning, smirking, twisting-of-the-lips, and also many more different descriptions of how the lips are able to form a smile - both benevolent and malevolent 😉😃

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A dash of magic

It was an enjoyable listen, treading the line between reality and fantasy very well.
The performance wasn't bad, the only part that bothered me was her very airy screams which sent shivers down my back.

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so magical

I felt completely whisked away into such a magical world. With so many twists and turns, and romance, of course I fell in love with this story

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Evil violent carnival

I didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be confusing, one minute something would be happening and the next it wasn’t true??? I get it it was a game but a violent evil game. Why would anyone put themselves through that. The two sisters were just silly and making all the wrong decisions every time. By the end so many loose ends and no one wins. All that was missing were some evil clowns. Not for me

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stupid damsel in distress story

Didn't finish, the main character,Scarlett, is soooo annoying and stupid. She just keeps running towards trouble and not listening. Concept was great, but the writing didn't live up to it

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A roller coaster of mind games

This story was a mental roller coaster for both the reader and the main character of the story. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns. It’s best to go into this story blind. There’s mystery, adventure, romance and beautiful imagery.

Caraval its self as a concept gave me Pleasure Island from Pinocchio vibes and I was always waiting for something mad or twisted to happen.

Biggest con- hated the foreign accent used for Julian. Made it had to connect with the character and take him seriously.

I am looking forward to reading the next book ‘Legendary’ in hopes it answers all my unresolved questions and theories of the story. If book two is successful I’ll bump my overall rating up to a 4!

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The ending sucks.

I won’t be reading the sequel.
It was a hard listen, when the narrator was trying to be devastated or sad, it came across as whiney and cringe.

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Unexpected

Cons- The chemistry between the main characters didn't feel strong. I'm just not that invested from what was in this book. If you are mainly looking for a fantasy series with the main focus being romance, I wouldn't suggest this for you. It was not what kept me reading.

- It was a slow lead up before things really got interesting. I think if I hadn't read to about chapter 20, I wouldn't have cared too much about finishing it. Although the persistence DID pay off

- This isn't a rinse and repeat kind of book for me. What kept me reading was mostly the mystery behind it. I didn't enjoy the characters that much, although there was some whit from Julien.

Pros- I found the main characters' development progressive. I won't say she was my favourite protagonist. At least you see her character evolve, unlike many main female characters who have little personal growth.

- the storyline was very unique to me, which I loved

- the descriptions and the world created were immersive. The words came to life, and I was sucked in.

- it was a blend of fantasy, mystery, romance, and action. There were so many moving parts to the story.

- MAJOR plot twists. I usually figure things out pretty easy with stories, but there were some surprises for me that kept me on my toes.

I recommend this book and will definitely be reading the next book of the series.

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Universal second hand embarrassment

Reads like a pre teen discovering they had free reign to post one direction fan fic on wattpad during its prime

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Such a great book

Bit if a slow start but I could not stop listening . Extremely engaging and has the best twists

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