Sunday Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
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Caraval was a cover buy. I’m a sucker for pretty and shiny book covers and this book delivers. There were a lot of positive reviews for this book that were being bandied about and that helped me decide that it was worth a hardcover purchase. Even if it was terrible, at least it would look good on my bookshelves (which it does). Caraval doesn’t disappoint. Garber's writing style, for one, is wonderful. Easy to read and utterly immersive. You’re drawn in by her descriptions of the unknown, this magical world of Caraval and all the mysteries that lie within. There’s so much of this world that is still unknown to you, the reader and the point of view character, Scarlett, but you don’t feel short-changed. You want to know more, for sure, but the lack of information given doesn’t leave you dissatisfied. In fact, whilst reading, you likely won’t even notice how much is still shrouded in darkness. The way Garber described emotions as colour is delightful. It gives the writing this tangibility - like you can touch what each character is feeling. Panic is icy-blue. Happiness is vermillion. Death is purple.
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