Sunday, October 31, 2021

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4.5 Stars 


I finally read and finished the Caraval book (and the rest of the series - reviews coming!) I am so glad I finally read the book, because it was AMAZING.  

The Characters

Scarlett and Donatella Dragna, the sisters who lead the series, are two characters that you can't help but love, even when they're being insufferable to each other.  They obviously had the sisterly moments where they were driving each other nuts, but it was also very obvious that they really loved each other.

Dante is a unique character, to say the least.  He is a dark, sort of brooding guy who is actively involved in Caraval.  

Julian is a sly, cunning character, and I really enjoyed the way that he and Tella ended up on a plan from the beginning.  

Their father.  Let me say that again: THEIR FATHER!  That scheming, plotting, asshole.  With a father like him who needs enemies. 

And Scarlett's fiance.  Oooh boy.  She went and "fell in love" with some dude who she only communicated with via letters.  Seems legit. 

To sum up the MC's and major characters: they were all well written and well developed.  They each had a LOT OF PERSONALITY!  And each character added so much to an already amazing story.  The other more minor characters that filled the pages fleshed out this book and the story so well.  They added darkness and humor and some great fun to the game and to the book. 

The Story Itself

There was a lot of mystery and intrigue weaved throughout this entire book, and a lot of great foreshadowing for the future books in the trilogy.  The whole story was so well developed that I didn't want to leave this world and all it's magic.  

Things I absolutely Loved

-The entire island that Caraval takes place on.  

-The mystery behind who Legend actually is

-Tella being much, much sneakier than her sister realized 

-That girl on the bike. She was the historiographer of Caraval, but also did some hinting for the players, and she added an element to the story that was mysterious and fantastical.

-How the entirety of Carval took place at night.  I think that really added a great element of mystery to the game.

-Those little bits of humor that were woven into an otherwise serious book.

-This book had some great foreshadowing and really set itself up well for the rest of the series.

-The worldbuilding was fantastic and very well done 

Overall this book was fantastic and worth the read.  My only regret is that I waited so long before I got to it!


Now reader friends - I want to hear from you!  Have you read this book.  What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Perfect Halloween Reads


Halloween is just weeks away!  If you're looking for some spooky, scary books to get you in the mood, here's a list just for you (and any young people you might have in your life.)

The Inheritance Games - Jennifer Lynne Barnes (YA)
The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco (YA)
The Heart Forger - Rin Chupeco (YA)
The Shadowglass - Rin Chupeco (YA)
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalo (YA)
Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalo (YA)
Escaping from Houdini - Kerri Maniscalo (YA)
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (YA) 
The Diviners - LIbba Bray (YA)
Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray (YA)
Before the Devil Breaks You - Libba Bray (YA)
The King of Crows - Libba Bray (YA)
The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey (YA)
The Curse of the Wendigo - Rick Yancey (YA)
The Isle of Blood - Rick Yancey (YA)
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey (YA)
Dread Nation - Justine Ireland (YA)
Zombie Abbey - Lauren Baratz-Logsted (YA)


Into the Water - Paula Hawkins (Adult)
The Last American Vampire - Seth Grahame-Greene (Adult) 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson (Adult)
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (Adult)
Psycho - Robert Bloch (Adult)
Dracula - Bram Stoker (Adult) 
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix (Adult)


The entire Goosebumps Series - R.L. Stine (Middle Grade. The man wrote a lot of books.  They're all perfect for a good October read.  You can find a list on his website here.)
Scare Me - K.R. Alexander (Middle Grade)
Doll Bones - Holly Black 
City of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab
Tunnel of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab 
Coraline - Neil Gaiman 
Bridge of Souls - Victoria Schwab 
Nightbooks - JA White 


Are there any books you'd add to this list reader friends?  Drop a comment below and let me know what your favorite book(s) to read during October are!