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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

"Remember, it's only a game..."
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is the mantra scrawled on the cover of Caraval, a book by Stephanie Garber.
This book seems to be filled to the brim with wonder, adventure, and magic on every page. I love this book, so much in fact that I have read it multiple times. I could go on and on about how much I adore this book.

I could also go on and on about how much I hate it. This book holds promises and offers of something incredible and life changing, yet its delivery is simply lackluster.

These statements directly contradict each other so let me explain in what ways this story soars and in which way it sinks. The problem with this book is that, its strengths are also its biggest weakness.

The story starts on the Island of Trisda, the home of two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella Dragna. They are the daughters of the island’s governor, a man who is as abusive and vile as he is charming. Think of the sickly-sweet Lord Licorice from Candyland. T…
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