Individual Rating: 4.7/5
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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.
When I got approved for this book, I almost started screaming. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to read a book, and that was just based on how much I liked the first one. This one, however, was a completely different experience. We were focused on Tella, and didn’t see much of Scarlet or Julian at all, save for a tiny bit. I loved being in Tella’s perspective, and found myself feeling attached more to this book than any I’ve read in a while. I connected immediately with Tella. All the actions we saw from her in the first book are explained, and I was pleasantly surprised with the way she dealt with things.
I’ve never felt so similar to a book character than I do with Tella, which made me immerse myself into the story that much more. I loved the plot. I loved the descriptions. I loved the fantasy and magic and whimsy. I loved Dante. I loved Legend. I loved Jacks as the villain. Everything about this book, I felt, was done in a way that left no room for disappointment, at least in my opinion. This book opened up a whole world to me that was previously small. I liked that Tella’s main quest on this book was to find her mom, while at the same time there was a bigger picture quest with the Fate’s.
The end of the book made me scream at 2AM, waking up my entire family. I was not disappointed, but there’s a very huge plot twist that left me very… emotional at the end. I put the book down and immediately went to sleep because I couldn’t stay up and dwell on the feelings I had. The following day, those feelings I had at the end of the book stayed with me, and I was frustrated the entire time. I need a third book. I need another book in this series.
I’d recommend this book 100% to anyone who likes magical fantasy worlds. I love it. I’m in love with the characters, the plot, the world, the descriptors; everything about it was an amazing experience and wild ride from start to finish. I really, really need another book, and if there isn’t one I’m going to be very upset. This will be a series that I reread over and over again, like Mortal Instruments, Vampire Academy, and Relentless.
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi
Author: Stephanie Garber