Review : Caraval




“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

I feel like you either adore this book or you completely hate it, I’m in the first category because I’m utterly in love with Caraval and I couldn’t be more excited for its sequel. The thing I loved the most about this book was the enchanting and very mysterious scenery. You get sucked into this world of magic, where nothing is what it seems, where you can buy things with secrets, with years of your life.

Another plus of this book is the fact that the author will play with your mind so much, trick you every time when you least expect it. This might be frustrating if you don’t enjoy being tricked by the narration, but this is the appeal of the book, in my opinion, it’s a game, everything is an illusion. Nothing is as it seems.

Also, Julian is very swoon-worthy, he doesn’t have an unique personality and I didn’t end up falling in love with him instantly, but he surely grew on me during the story. Scarlett, the protagonist, is a very sheltered girl, she’s not a risk-taker and I think I liked this about her, because lately, every book thinks that they need to portray a strong woman as someone fearless, who knows how to do everything. But the truth is there’s strength in being cautious too, because you might want to do risky things, but you choose not to, because you’re afraid of affecting the people you love. And that is considerate and kind.

I love how this book includes a relationship between sisters, that is somehow very complicated, but it’s obvious that they still love each other. Now, I’m an only child, so I can’t say how realistic it is. But I know that there are ups and downs in every relationship, including the familial ones, so I didn’t dislike the fact that the sisters didn’t seem to see eye-to-eye in many things. I would have preferred, however, to see more of them through the story, but I have high hopes for this in the next book!

The things I can complain about, but still haven’t ruined me having a really good time while reading this book :

  • the romance being a little rushed and being a little bittersweet in the end;
  • the whole Tella plot being a bit anti-climatic because I would have enjoyed it having an alternative turn, but it ended up okay too.

Triggers : abuse + the fact that this book might mess with you a lot.

I had a great time reading this one and I consider it quite a grand journey.

“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 magic in this world.”

7 thoughts on “Review : Caraval

  1. Marie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Caraval so much! I feel like I don’t fit in any of the two categories you mentioned here, because… if I enjoyed it and thought it was very entertaining, it lacked a little…something more to make me fall in love with it. I agree that the whole Tella thing was a bit anti-climatic. I’m eager to see what happens in the sequel, though 🙂
    Lovely review!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Ah, I’m sorry that this one was lacking something, Marie! Hope you end up enjoying the sequel more! I’m really interested in what’s going to happen since I’ve heard this one is supposed to be Tella’s book. 🙂 Thank you!

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  2. daniellethamasa says:

    I bought Caraval shortly after it was released (though I got the UK version because I liked that cover better), and yet I still haven’t read it. Maybe I’ll have to push it up the TBR and add it to my October reads.

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