So far this month I've been mostly "miss" when it comes to the books I've chosen to read from my "TBR" shelf. The book I'm reading this week has gotten rave reviews but I'm having trouble connecting with the narrator. This "WIR"-Wednesday I'm reading...
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.
Why I Chose This Book | What I Think So Far:
I received this book in OwlCrate's February box and I've heard that it is amazing. For some reason, I've put it off for a few months but I finally decided it was time to read it. I started reading this book over the weekend and I was really excited, but so far I'm really not liking the narrator. Her personality just isn't appealing to me and I can't even figure out why. I also don't like the random sections that seem to go back in time to when Scarlett and Tella listened to their grandmother tell stories about Caraval. I'm hoping if I keep reading the story will pick up, although for right now I think I'll switch to listening to the audiobook and see if that holds my interest better.