Book Review | Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Remember, it’s only a game.

 

I have so much fun reading this book, well Eyqa, stating only by ‘fun’ does not make they trust your judgment towards the book, you need to define how actually fun is fun.

So, readers, I think I’m gonna make you buy this book.  And yeah, this was a spoiler free so do not hesitate to scroll down. I got you back plot twist hunter. *double winking*

First impression & Synopsis

The cover artwork was amazing for me. It’s like a mysterious fiesta or something, I love the sparkle blue thingy that looks like this fiesta was made by magic. Totally reflect how the content gonna be. Just one tiny bit lacking off, maybe the quality or what but actually its cover was annoying as it tends to curl up. It bothers me while taking the photos but luckily the inner cover was as good as the outside so it heals me a bit for the cover quality part. :3

This book is a story about a girl name Scarlett Dragna, who loves her sisters and hate their cruel father. Grow with a childhood story told by her grandma about a magical show named Caraval. After 7 years sending letters to the Caraval’s master then finally The Caraval send the invitation tickets both for her and her sister and also her fiancee. Torn between engagement that she think can save her and her sister from their father and the longing to be in Caraval herself – she embarks a surprising adventurous journey to save her sister, of course, she was going to Caraval right? duhhh.

The Plot

It was a very fresh plot, so much circumstances, so much conflict, romance, mystery and thrilling adventures.

The synopsis state Master of Caraval so Im expecting mystery from this so called master. And the character was so glamor with it. Uuuuuh. I do love this kind of mystery, where you eager to know who behind all of those mastermind plan, the kind of character that leaving you with all the unanswered questions like what actually the connection? Do they have a tribble past? Why actually they behave like that? Etc.

Seriously say, if the plot on this first book was so this mindblown then what can I expect from the next series?

The plot actually already state how the story goes by its tagline ‘remember it was only a game’, just it happen to be the reader will serve by how far can this game go? The climax was surprisingly satisfied me.

The characters

The character was also liveable. Like that real person who happens to have their own background was put into this story, and every decision they make was literally because of how their experience with their surrounding. For example, the main character, Scarlett was indeed is an introvert, make me think omg if im staying home for so long im gonna turn just like her. I meant she was reckless with her decision because her only weapon was her not so much experience in watching her cruel father treat others. She such a darling actually and quite more innocent. She had a terrible social life that I can’t argue.

Julian – was reflected as a masculine person who possesses a good body and handsome face (Im  imagine him like Thomas of The Maze Runner), but he was also indeed a mysterious person. No uh, aint gonna spoilt the good part here.

There are also few characters that I’m so suspicious because you know as a fan of mystery solving kind of book I love to play my search-the-doer game and it really well played in this book. I meant, its hard to guess who the doer and luckily I’m not an easy to surrender gal, am the girl with curiosity burning now.

Other few characters really supporting the important characters and I would love to see how actually the world building go, getting deeper into the world of Caraval on the next series (Claudy told me it will publish on next year).

Recommend?

Yes! Of course, I will. Why? If you love surprises and search-the-doer plot stories then this was actually the book. This book has relatable main character who also an introvert herself, yummilicious hero (lols, sorry), the mysterious Legend and the plot itself will entertain your brain to the max.

Rating

I have no objection to giving ★★★★★ to this book. Looking forward to the next series.

What was the last book you give 5 stars rating? 

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • QOTD : Whats your fave Fixi Novel?
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First time baca buku matang. Selama ni baca buku budak-budak jak. 🙈😜
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#Psikik is about a world where male just act as assistant. First 10 pages baca I need more time to adapt with the characters choices of dialogues.
#10pagesreaction
  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. 😋
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu 😂.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara 😉. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes 😂. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first 😉 and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person 😅. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. 😂
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. 😉
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year 💖.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu 😂.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup 😂.