Caraval – Stephanie Garber


4.5 officially.

But Scarlett had learned too well how treacherous it was to hope in something as elusive as a wish.

I’m probably not going to do a full review at this point, just because the book doesn’t actually come out for another few months. HOWEVER. I made sure that the quotes were ambiguous and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying how amazing this book was. I am so beyond excited for this series to continue on.

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in the world.

When I first saw that people were likening this to The Night Circus, I was immediately excited. I absolutely loved everything about that book and figured that if this book was anything like that one, that there was a good change I was going to like it. It honestly exceeded my expectations. It had an interesting plot, good world building, magic that I didn’t quite understand but yearned to know more about, and interesting characters. There were twists and turns throughout the entire book and no matter how hard I tried, there were times that I was genuinely surprised with how something worked out. I also loved that while I felt like this book was tied up nicely, the events that happened in the epilogue set things up perfectly for the next book. I am seriously so excited.

A second in Caraval seemed richer than an ordinary second, like that moment on the cusp of sunset, when all the colors of the sky coalesce into magic.

I’d say if there was one small thing that bothered me at times during this book, it would be the writing in certain parts. Even though I felt like this had a really solid plot, there were times that I was reading about certain things but wasn’t feeling them like I wanted to. It could just be because I had just gotten done reading a book by Maas and everything that she writes hits me to the core but still. I think the writing could have been a tad stronger in places. Overall this was an incredibly magical read. I would recommend to any person that is interested in exciting, fast paced plots with magical elements.

She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this in advance in exchange for an honest review!