Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Thoughts: Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber book cover and review
I'm calling this "Book Thoughts" instead of a book review because I didn't read the entire book.  And, as cliche as it is, this is totally a "this is me, not you" thing.

Caraval is a magical book set in a made-up world.  And that's where my problem comes in.  I just need there to be something at least a bit realistic in my fantasy.  Yes, the characters were human, and that's a plus. Once the story got going and I figured out the premise, I realized Scarlett was going to have to make her way through Caraval and nothing is as it seems, and you can't believe anything, and she will totally rely on magical things happening, I was pretty much done.

The story is well written and the plot moves fairly quickly.  But I just wasn't interested in the journey she was taking.  However, I did want to know the outcome, so I read the last 100 pages.  Basically, I read the first 150 pages, and the last 100.

I've heard pretty much nothing but rave reviews of Caraval, and I don't disagree with them.  I just don't have patience for this type of story.

Published by Flatiron, January 31, 2017
Copy obtained from the library
250/416 pages

Rating: DNF

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  1. I like the idea of doing a book thoughts on a book that just didn't work for you.

  2. Clever. Book thoughts. Interestingly I was just reading a review of this book today and wondered to myself why I didn't order this for my library before I retired (and now it is a moot point.) Guess I can skip it and not feel guilty.

  3. Kind of same thought that I had with this book. Nearly DNFd it myself but still kinda liked the plot and I'm happy that I finished it. For me the ending was worth it.

  4. Interesting! I've had this book since it came out, but I've been hesitating to read it. Like you, I've heard great things. Now, I'm even more intrigued by it :)


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