Summary: “Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”
First of all, I found this book original. You can’t deny the originality of the story and the game. The world of Legend is full of magic and illusion.
In this book, you immerse yourself in Caraval’s atmosphere. It’s really special. Full of magic, with surprises. Sometimes, I felt the atmosphere a little bit too oppresive and frightening. It’s a combination of amazement and illusion. The writing is in the same way. Some sentences are unusual. For example, “He tasted like midnight and wind” or “The world tasted like lies and ashes when Scarlett woke.”. Intriguing right ? I was first surprised about that, but then I didn’t know what to think about this style of writing.
The characters are really good. This story isn’t just about romance between two characters, but more about family (issues and specially about sisters). Scarlett, the main character is impressive, full of love and overprotective towards her sister Tella. She is ready to do everything for her. Tella is perhaps the same but in another way, more hothead and excessive. She is not scared for her life and want the best for her sister Scarlett. They both want (at any cost) to live their life, far away from their tyrannical father. About Julian, I expected more about him, I like him but at the end I wanted to know more about him.
The most surprising thing in this book was the end. I didn’t expect that at all. Because That’s A LOT of plot twists, I was like :
Like I said, the end was really good. What I specially enjoyed was the opening on the sequel. It was like a trailer at the end of a tv show. I’m really excited about the next one. We can’t imagine what’s next, it’s full of mystery and suspens.
To conclude, I like this book ! It was good to return in fantasy, I missed it so much. A book full of magic and secrets. You meet good characters with dark sides. But some details annoyed me, like the emergency of the situation, everything happened too fast sometimes, too fast for not too much pages. It can be good, but not everytime.
Quote : “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.”
Published : February 8th 2017
French Edition : Bayard Jeunesse
Pages : 475 pages
Genre : Young Adult, romance, Fantasy, Magical
Price : 17,90 €
Read little babies, x.