Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge: March

Three months in and I’m already slacking! So I took a bit longer than a month to read this book but, where did this month go?!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book left me confused. You know when you finish a book and you close it, but you just feel a bit…shook?

The story itself is about Caraval, an macabre invite-only game where the audience compete for a wish, but nothing is as it seems and the cost for taking part can be high. Two sisters seize the opportunity to escape from their cruel father and win their freedom. I picked it as I was intrigued; it seemed magical and dark and romantic, and it definitely was all of those things. And I really enjoyed the story, the writing was very descriptive and it has this Alice In Wonderland feel to it.

But…the game was confusing and I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters. The story had as many twists and turns as the game in it, so even when I thought I’d worked something out the goalposts changed! I think this was why it fell short for me, it lacked a bit of depth because it was always moving on to the next thing.

20th Century Fox have picked up the film rights so we might see it on the big screen and Caraval has the potential to be a great movie. The sequel novel “Legendary” is out in May.

Have you read Caraval? I’d love to know what you thought! Find me on goodreads and let me know what you’re reading too!

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