Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Recipe for Caraval:
1 cup of The Night Circus
1/2 cup of Once Upon a Time (boy do I love me some Killian Jones)
2 tbsps. Murder Mystery Party
A dash of romance
Mix all ingredients well, bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 hours, and enjoy!
Seriously, this book is over 400 pages and I read it in under 12 hours. This is the most compelling novel I have read since Divergent (which I kept on the passenger seat of my car and read while waiting at a red light - DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME I AM A LITERAL CRAZY PERSON). I could not put this book down and just fell in love with this world and the characters.
Now, let's be real. This is not the best world building that you will find, nor will it ever be heralded as literary prose. BUT - that's not what I'm here for.
I am here for the adorable soft-hearted pirate. I am here for the magical world. I am here for sisters who love each other more than anything else (I personally have two of those). I am here for the mystery and the twists.
I had some suspicions about the twist of this novel, but my theories were all blown mid-novel. I was along for the ride and I could not stop. I threw the book at my wife so she could experience this ride, too.
Honestly, the thing I liked least about this book was that this is the author's debut novel and there was not more for me to devour.
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