Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: 31st January 2017
Started Reading: 19/02/2018
Finished Reading: 27/02/2018
'Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.'
I must be starting to enjoy fantasy and YA because in my past few reviews I've put my normal "I don't usually read..." in front of my review because they're not my genres. But... something must have changed because I'm finally starting to like them.
Caraval is the fantasy I never knew I needed in my life. It's fast-paced, magical and gripping, and nothing like I expected. I got my copy for Christmas in a Book Matchmaker package. I don't think if I'd have seen this on a shelf that I would have gone for it because as I've said, it's not my usual type. But I was nicely surprised.
The novel opens with letters from Scarlett to Legend about Caraval as she's always wanted to see it because of the stories her grandmother told her when she was younger. After years of trying to get an invite, Legend replies and the story begins.
Scarlett is thrown into an adventure with her sister Tella and a sailor, Julien. They all take part in Caraval - a magical game where nothing is ever as it seems - and compete against other players to win a wish from Legend.
I was a bit unsure where the book was going to go in the beginning because it took off quite slowly, but once the action started I couldn't put it down. It was truly gripping and I was completely obsessed to the point I was reading it in whatever spare time I could find just to finish it.
It finishes with a bit of a cliffhanger but that just means that I absolutely cannot wait for the second book!
'Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.'
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Get it in the UK here and the US here.