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***The Sunday Times bestseller***
WELCOME TO CARAVAL, WHERE NOTHING IS QUITE WHAT IT SEEMS . . .
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.
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'I lost myself in this world' - Sabaa Tahir
'Beautifully written' - Renée Ahdieh
'Shimmers with magic' - Marie Rutkoski
'Impressive, original, wondrous' - USA Today
'Spellbinding' - US Weekly
'Magnificent' Publishers Weekly
'The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus' - Entertainment Weekly
Description du produit
Revue de presse
Enchanting and mysterious, Stephanie Garber's CARAVAL is a story rich with sumptuous detail, beautifully written. -- Renée Ahdieh, New York Times No.1 bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
In a book where nothing is at it appears, one thing is certain: CARAVAL is the darkly enchanting adventure you've been looking for! -- Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and And I Darken
Intoxicating. Darkly magical. CARAVAL walks the knife-edge between fantasy and reality. Within mere pages, I gladly lost myself in this perfect labyrinth of a plot. Stephanie Garber doesn't just dazzle-she makes me believe. -- Jodi Meadows, author of The Incarnate Trilogy and The Orphan Queen
A tale of sisterly devotion painted in colors of cerise and shimmering gold. If you ever wondered how it would feel to step into a living dream, here's your ticket. -- Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon
A decadent and enchanting tale. CARAVAL will sink its teeth into you, and you will not want to leave. -- Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
CARAVAL shimmers with magic. This is an inventive, delightful tale with several aces up its sleeve. -- Marie Rutkoski, New York Times bestselling author of the Winner's Trilogy
[A] magnificent debut novel . . . intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope. ― Publishers Weekly
I love this novel . . . It's a thing of beauty and the stuff of dreams. -- Cecelia Ahern
Like the Carousel of Roses at the heart of the party, the language is colourful, giddy and with the occasional barb.And like a fairy story, CARAVAL reveals dark truths behind a playful, glittering surface. ― Daily Mail
Advance word on Stephanie Garber's CARAVAL has been nothing short of ecstatic, and in this case, we're glad we believed the hype. It is a lush romantic fantasy, exquisitely written, inhabited by a cast of marvellously colourful characters. ― Starburst
Even after a brilliant year for the fantastical in literature, it remains a firm favourite. Earning early comparisons to The Night Circus, Caraval is far more than just more of the same magical showmanship - this is a wonderfully deft, mesmerising and beautifully told tale of love, loss and the impossible. Scarlett's search for her missing sister, and the truth behind the mysterious Caraval show, is one to savour ― Netgalley
Quatrième de couverture
'Remember it's all a game. What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don't let any of it trick you.'
Once a year the infamous Master Legend hosts Caraval - open only to those who have been invited. This year the week-long game is on Legend's glittering Isla de los Sueños, where the winding streets are an elaborate snow-covered maze and the people are never who they seem.
At midnight on the first day, the show begins and the visitors become players. Each of them is vying for the coveted prize: a single wish. All they must do is unravel the mystery of Caraval. But in a game where danger hides behind every charming smile, winning isn't without loss, and their wish might be their last...
'A story rich with sumptuous detail, beautifully written' Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn
'Decadent and enchanting . . . CARAVAL will sink its teeth into you, and you will not want to leave' Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : Hodder Paperbacks; 1er édition (30 novembre 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473629160
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473629165
- Âge de lecture : Dès 16 ans
- Poids de l'article : 289 g
- Dimensions : 17.4 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 5,453 en Fantasy (Livres)
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Commenté en France le 6 février 2022
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J'ai beaucoup aimé le début, entrainant et intriguant. La fin m'a aussi assez surprise et donne clairement envie d'en savoir plus. L'univers m'a plu ; son ambiance, ses secrets, c'est une partie que j'ai beaucoup aimé et c'est aussi l'une des choses qui me donnent envie de continuer.
Malheureusement, les autres éléments du roman ne m'ont pas convaincu/plu.
Pour commencer, Scarlett m'a beaucoup agacé. Je ne sais pas trop comment l'expliquer, mais ses réflexions répétitives, parfois ses actions pas trop logiques etc, m'ont juste un peu tapé sur les nerfs. Elle se montre méfiante de Julyan au début, ce que je comprenais, jusqu'à que littéralement deux sec plus tard elle fasse confiance à quelqu'un qu'elle rencontre tout juste. Ca ne fait pas trop sens pour moi 😅 Ensuite, je pensais tomber amoureuse de Julyan. Clairement le genre de personnages qui d'habitude me charment, mais là, j'étais assez indifférente. Il n'était pas très présent et, le peu où il l'était, il n'était décrit par Scarlett que pour ses beaux muscles, sa belle gueule et... on apprend pas grand chose, au final. Il est assez creux et pas assez développé.
Les personnages ont forcément joué un rôle sur le love interest qui ne m'a absolument pas convaincu. Pourtant, quand ils arrivent sur l'île, je me suis dit que j'allais adoré, mais plus le temps passe, plus je me suis lassée. Ils ne se rapprochent quasiment pas, mais finissent par se dire qu'ils s'aiment, sans qu'on sache trop d'où ça tombe...
Ensuite, même si la fin a relevé le niveau pour moi, avec les explications qu'elle apporte, j'ai parfois trouvé que Scarlett avait facilement les infos, et avant le dernier événement, je ne ressentais pas tellement la difficulté. J'étais assez indifférente et parfois pas surprise par les rebondissements, annoncés assez tôt.
Bref. Ce n'était pas une mauvaise lecture, mais pas une bonne lecture. Je n'ai pas abandonné, car j'étais quand même curieuse et j'aimais l'univers. Je ne regrette pas de l'avoir fini, vu la fin, qui a réussi à relever le niveau de ma lecture, au point de me donner envie de laisser une chance au second tome. Et il faut dire que la plume fluide de l'auteure a aussi joué un rôle dans le sentiment de lecture facile.
Commenté en France 🇫🇷 le 6 février 2022
Bref c'est pas si mal écrit que ça. Mais je n'y ai pas cru une seconde et je n'ai pas accroché!
Commenté en France 🇫🇷 le 30 août 2021
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The Hunger Games comparison is also off the mark - it's not exciting or page-turning in the way that novel was. Scarlett, the main protagonist, has to follow clues once she reaches Caraval in order to find her sister and, in doing so, win the game (and a wish) but there's nothing really clever about the clues, nor is there the sense of nail-biting danger that filled the pages of The Hunger Games.
Scarlett herself was a pretty wishy-washy heroine, quite reliant on other people (particularly men) to save the day, guide her, reassure her etc. In fact, the biggest niggle for me was her relationship with Julian which read more like Mills & Boon than good literary fiction. The romance element in the Night Circus was clever, subtle and never cheesy. It's the total opposite here - to the point where I wondered if I was reading YA fiction. It may be, I'm still not sure.
I can see that the author has tried to create a magical world but nothing was built up fully enough to fill me with the sort of wonder or awe novels like Lev Grossman's The Magicians trilogy or Phil Pullman's Dark Materials have. For example, there's a scene in a clock shop towards the start of the novel that felt like it could have been the beginning of something - but it was over before it began, and neither the shop (nor any of the items in it) were revisited. Some of the descriptive writing also felt forced - like Scarlett's emotions being described as colours. It didn't add much to the novel and became a bit annoying after a while; especially as that wasn't really developed either.
I find it difficult to pinpoint exactly why this novel fell short for me. All I can say is that I found it very readable but wasn't rushing to pick it up. I was never consumed by the world of Caraval. But, equally, I didn't dislike it. And I would give the next book in the series a go.
One final word - this is a pig of a book to read on a Kindle. There are a number of notes in there (especially at the start) and even when you click on the 'zoom' option on the Kindle, the writing is still tiny. I actually made myself quite ill trying to read it on a bus! So, maybe this is one for the bookshelf as the cover is certainly very beautiful.
Like many others, I loved ‘The Night Circus’ and as that was the most recent circus book I had read, I couldn’t help but compare ‘Caraval’ and, unfortunately, it fell very short.
The story is set around 2 sisters Scarlett and Tella. The sisters have never left the tiny isle of Trisda where they live with a very controlling father. For years, the sisters have been pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long circus-type performance where the audience participates in the show. The show is a mystery and magical and to Scarlett and Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. We follow the sisters as they receive their long-awaited invitations to Caraval but no sooner do they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.
First off, there are letters in this book that make it super hard to read on a Kindle, even if you zoom in the font. I know that the book itself is quite pretty, so you might prefer to get a hard copy. Even so, it would be nice if this was formatted for the Kindle.
Overall this book was a big disappointment for me. I don’t know if this was because it was suggested to be read if you enjoyed ‘The Night Circus’ or if I just had really high expectations but, either way, I was left totally disappointed.
I found it really hard to like or even care about Scarlett. As our main protagonist, we are with her as she follows clues in Caraval in order to find her sister and, in doing so, win the game but there's nothing really clever about the clues, nor is there the sense of real nail-biting danger. There are a few sexual scenes in the book, which confused me as I thought the target audience for this was a bit young but perhaps not. The scenes themselves are weak and not believable and they felt a bit too fabricated, same with any death scenes too.
I have to admit that I got a bit lost in the world and not in a good Harry Potter way. I get that it was all magical but I found that once I had read a description of the environment, I immediately forgot it. Nothing descriptive about the world seemed to stick in my head.
I find it difficult to pinpoint one reason why this novel fell short for me. I was never consumed by the world or characters of Caraval and a female heroine that constant turns and is reliant on men is not really a great heroine in my view. I felt that the storyline was strong and could have offered so much more but I won’t bother with the rest of the series now.
If you don’t like metaphors and interesting, sometimes eccentric description, this book isn’t for you. Me, I enjoyed it. Some reviewers have commented on things like “how can you taste midnight?” but I get it. It’s not so much taste midnight, it’s the all-around experience of it. If you take everything you read literally, this book won’t be for you. Scarlett also had an ability, similar to synesthesia, but with a more magical, empath-like twist, where she could experience her emotion in the form of colours, and it was interesting to read what colour combination matched the emotion.
The broader world was a tad tropey, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy it. Part of me wants to know more about the world as a whole, part of me thinks everything is about the setting of Caraval, and the point is the rest of the world is supposed to fall away until Caraval is everything. At least for a few days.
I don’t even know where to begin here. This is almost a story told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator, but it’s not really her fault. Anything and everything the characters experiences could be completely fake or it could be real, and it’s nigh on impossible to know which is which. And just when you think you’ve figured it out, and there can’t be another twist you’re not prepared for, something will hit you. Sometimes books like this annoy me. The twists seem random or not thought out. Caraval was different though. Caraval seemed well thought out. Nothing was there without a purpose and the author had a way of telling the story that drew you in so you experienced everything right along with Scarlett.
There was one problem with experiencing things along with the main character though, you’re left out of the loop a lot. The magic system is… magic? These systems are supposed to have limits that are defined. If not, what’s the point? Anyone can do anything and it’s all ok? I’m hoping this is explained more in future books otherwise the stakes might seem less concerning if someone can click their fingers and undo all the bad that’s happened.
Scarlett is the main character, whose point of view we experience Caraval. In the beginning, she was mildly annoying, a weak female character who I wanted to give a nudge to fight for herself. But that’s where we get the growth. Once she gets over herself at the start of the book, she becomes a character I enjoyed reading about, and one I could eventually cheer for. Her personality could’ve been more in-depth, with more story than a missing mother and abusive father, but overall, she was just about good enough to carry the story. I can only hope she grows more and is fleshed out better in further books.
The somewhat predictable love interest, but still my favourite character in this book. After all, without Julian, where would Scarlett be? Dead, probably! Julian is an enigmatic character. I’m not sure we ever find out who he is for 100% certain, but that’s one of the reasons I actually like him. His story is clearly complicated, but he’s likeable and I was rooting for Julian throughout.
Donatella is Scarlett’s younger, more irresponsible and out of control sister. Although I think there’s a secret heart of gold hidden under the insecurity and madness. The whole plot is centered around her, but you don’t get to actually see much of her. Scarlett clearly cares deeply for her, though, and it sounds like she’s important for future books, so I’ll be interested in reading more about her.
Would I read it again? If I didn’t have thousands of other books on my list, sure. This isn’t one of those I’d pick up as a “comfort read” though.
Will I be picking up the next in the series? Yeah, eventually. I’m great at starting series and never finishing them. I’ll get on it eventually.
Would I recommend it? If you like a lot of metaphors, a little bit of romance and a magical setting, you should definitely give this one a go.
Is it going on my favourites shelf? Not quite. I enjoyed it, but not at that level.