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Caraval ~Stephanie Garber

January 6, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
416 pages
ISBN: 9781250095251

Hey, friends.

Anyone up for a round of Unpopular Opinions?

I have one I can share.

I picked up Stephanie Garber’s Caraval because it looked incredible and everyone I know absolutely adored it. The story sounded really neat, sort of like Night Circus and Alice in Wonderland with a darker slant and a few pirates thrown in. Totally my kind of thing, usually.

The story itself was decent. It had the mystery and adventure I went looking for, although a little bit convoluted at times.

However, there were two things that left me sort of sighing and hoping it would be over soon.

First, I found it subjectively just not my writing style. I never want to use the term “bad” when talking about writing because it is, of course, subjective and the world would be incredibly boring if we all liked the same things.  However, for me, it felt forced, choppy, and repetitive.

Second, the characters never really took off for me. Again, character development is a subjective thing and it works differently for everyone. For me, though, I needed a little bit more substantial tie to who these people were.

Phew.

I hate writing negative reviews but I have to or I can’t figure out why I like what I like. My recommendation is to still give it a try, maybe at the library, and form your own opinion.

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  1. January 6, 2018 7:37 pm

    Yeah, me too. I read this when it first came out (even before I read the Night Circus) and was disappointed. The sisters’ relationship seemed too forced to be so strong, the game just never came alive for me. The way Scarlett was thrown on an emotional and mental roller coaster, only to have everyone say, “it was all just a game” at the end wasn’t very satisfying. I thought what happened to her was pretty cruel.

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