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Caraval
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
An original world. A legendary competition. A mesmerizing romance. An unbreakable bond between two sisters.Welcome to Caraval—the spell-casting first book in a fantasy series.Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and 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.
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Linear
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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#audiopainting 1h 58min today. 19h 08min and 8 sessions total work so far.
Almost done. My gray pain dried out though, I'll have to find more...

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Linear
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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#audiopainting starting this up again. Are re listening to Caraval so I can read the next two.

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BooknerdsLife
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Another #30JuneBooks
Besides Gorgeous edition of books, bookish mugs & bookmarks, I‘m totally #ObsessedWith booksleeves! Here are some of my favourites and I love to use them when I take my books out with me everyday so I can keep them safe & dry & wrinkle free! 😆 It‘s a must have for any #BooksLover
Anyone else use booksleeves? Or what do you collect?
#booknerd #readinglife #fantasy
#booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #readinglife #AussieReader

StayCurious Those are awesome! 1w
BooknerdsLife @StayCurious Thanks! They are gorgeous & perfect for carrying my paperbacks 1w
StayCurious @BooknerdsLife where do you shop for those? Online? 1w
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BooknerdsLife @StayCurious Yes I got all these from Etsy online, found her on Instagram, sadly I don‘t think she‘s making anymore but there are a lot of other stores on Etsy 1w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Gotta love book sleeves! Love love them! But I only have two ahahahaha 😅 5d
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you! 💖 Im obsessed with them 🤣 Some Of these were for my friend & daughter but I was lucky to get them few years ago since the lady is not making any new bookskeeves anymore😭 I‘ll keep my eyes out for some cute one for you! 👍🏼💕😊 3d
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Sweetdgabe87
Caraval 01 | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

4/5 stars!!! Really enjoyed this book!! The concept of the game is intriguing and although I figured out a few thing a before they happened, I was still surprised with how it ended! Excited to read the next in the series!

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RiverKScottWrites
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

Have you read Caraval? Opulent, delicious, un-put-downable? To be fair, some of the characters could have been more deeply fleshed out, and perhaps that happens in the next book. I simply devoured this one. If you like stylized YA Fantasy with a good helping of magical romance (f/m), then this is not a book to be missed. 😘🌹

Slajaunie I loved this one and the next. ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
RiverKScottWrites @BookFrog I seriously read it in one sitting! I couldn‘t stop 🙈😂💖 1w
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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A mixture of Night Circus, The Game starring Michael Douglas, and the Lotus Hotel from Percy Jackson, #Caraval is a story full of fun, magic, mystique, and intrigue. But there's a darkness there too, and a partial murder mystery. I know I'm late to the game with this series, but better late than never, right? I enjoyed this book much more than I had expected to and I'm going to buy the rest of the series as soon as I finish writing this review.

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teainthelibrary
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Panpan

I can't help but feel really disappointed with Caraval - the premise sounded amazing, but everything fell flat for me. Nothing really felt fantastical or magical, and "the game" didn't make much sense. The characters were one-dimensional and not very interesting. I do wish I could see what everyone else does because I had high hopes and wanted to love it. I was tempted to read the second book for the hell of it, but think I'll give it a pass.

BooknerdsLife I still have the book on my shelf...collecting dust 😆🙈 (edited) 4d
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callielafleur
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

This was pretty good, though it made me think of the Night Circus, which to me is more well written. I found the main character frustrating and had to keep reminding myself that she was a kid who had been raised in an abuse-filled house, largely in solitude, which is why she seemed so naive. But the environment of the book was interesting, and the game aspect was also interesting. I don't know that I feel compelled to continue the series.

mandi1082 I liked caraval but reading legendary I was so over the series. I felt like I was reading this same think over again with book 2. 2w
mandi1082 But I might read the last one just to finish the series. 🤷‍♀️ maybe 2w
callielafleur @mandi1082 I don't know that it needed to be a series? If it was a one-off, the stakes could have been higher. 2w
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teainthelibrary
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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How was everyone‘s weekend? Our local beer fest was on so I spent the past couple of days drinking far too much ale! I‘m looking forward to a relaxed Sunday - hoping to smash through Caraval and drink lotsa coffee 😈☕️📚

Recommended4Reading Weekend was beautiful! This Sunday morning it is quiet here...gonna do a couple of things, then sit outside and start The Invited. Happy Sunday! 3w
teainthelibrary @Recommended4Reading sounds amazing! Summer hasn‘t reached us quite yet (not has spring either for that matter) but I‘m hoping reading outside is in my near future! 2w
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OutsmartYourShelf
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

Second read through for me & I enjoyed it even more than the first. I even found myself shipping Scarlett & Julian. Now onto Legendary & Finale. 4🌟

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Caffeinated_Reader
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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#52 of my year & I‘m finally adventuring into this world. So far this year I have checked off several series that have been on my TBR for a long time and I‘m so proud!

Caffeinated_Reader Oh that was everything it promised to be. I loved the game & got swept up with all the magic and festivities. That ending chilled me. I was so caught up with the moments of closure that I forgot there was still time for the other shoe to drop...it sure did! 3w
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Bknrdadventures
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Just finished the Caraval series, and I‘m taking suggestions on new #YAfantasy series. Some of my past favs are The Winner‘s Curse series, The Lunar Chronicles, and Shades of Magic series. I would also like for the series to be complete already. I hate having to wait for the final book to come out. What do you suggest, Litsy? #YA #Fantasy #summerreading

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cewilf
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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It has been the busiest week in DC, but I am finally on the way home. Hoping to finish this on our 12 hour bus ride!

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laceyannea
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Pickpick

I absolutely could not put this book down. I demolished it within 24 hours. My favorite part of this story is the whimsical Alice in Wonderland feel to Caraval, which has a very dark spin on it.

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laceyannea
Caraval | Stephanie Garber

“Scarlett tried not to be enticed, but the child inside her drank in this new world greedily. The colors here were brighter, thicker, sharper; in comparison, every hue she‘d seen before seemed thin and malnourished.”

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laceyannea
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Just started this as it was on sale yesterday on amazon! I‘m 10% through and definitely interested in this plot.

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Endowarrior21
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Bailedbailed

I tried I really did but I just could not stand Scarlet and it takes a lot for me to DNF a book. I might try reading the book to see if I like it but not yet.

TrishB Wasn‘t for me either. 2mo
JenFowler I was disappointed in the main characters too. 2mo
bullbunny I didn't like the abusive father 2mo
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Gryffleclaw95
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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The series is finally complete! 🎩❤️

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Endowarrior21
Caraval | Stephanie Garber

So I started the Audiobook of Caraval today and so far it‘s okay but I am starting to get annoyed with Scarlet. I am finding her to be very whiny and I don‘t know if I am going to continue. Did anyone find the book version better? I am on Chapter 11 of the Audiobook.

LibrarianRyan By the end I liked the book but I didn‘t drop dead love it. It took me a while to finish. And I completely agree about Scarlet. 2mo
julesG Scarlet's whining was the reason I DNFed the audiobook. 2mo
Reggie This book was hoooooorrrribleeee. I hated myself for a couple of days for even finishing it. 2mo
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IndyHannaJones
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Ok! I need opinions. The above mentioned title just didn't quite do it for me but I find myself being drawn to the 2nd and 3rd book....possibly just cause the covers are so pretty. Is it worth it? Do they get better???
The Fuzz, as always, is for attention.

Underqueen I felt the same way but found myself buying the second book which I enjoyed more. Enough to be getting the third next payday at least 😊 2mo
imyril I only read book 1. They are pretty tho ;) 2mo
BookishMeanderings Caraval was one of the few books i DNF recently. I was listening to the audiobook and just couldn't get into it. They're such pretty books though that i keep thinking i should give them another chance 2mo
rachelm I also DNFed this one! Glad I wasn‘t alone in also being tempted to pick it up again 2mo
IndyHannaJones @rachelm the covers are just so good... 2mo
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i-am-papercrane
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

Yet another book my aunt got me. This one I didn‘t like as much as some of the others. The main character was HIGHLY annoying throughout the novel, there was an insta-love, there wasn‘t really a setting, and Garber brushed off the magic rules by saying the characters didn‘t know the rules, so oh well! It felt like it was trying to be the YA Night Circus, and it just fell really short. 2/5

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magicalshelves
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book had so much potential and such an interesting premise but it really missed the mark by the end. The characterizations were so over the top and the motivations behind the decisions the characters made during the game were so confusing and overly complicated that it all ended up feeling pointless.

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ADWithrow
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Decision made! Starting this tomorrow!

Clwojick I loved this one! I hope you enjoy it too🤗 2mo
ADWithrow I hope so too cause it sounds great. Most reviews I've seen are pretty divided though so it should be a adventure figuring out where I fall on the love it or hate it spectrum! 2mo
Underqueen It took me a few tries to get into it but I enjoyed it when I did. 2mo
Clwojick I tried a mixture of reading the physical book and listening to the audiobook on slower parts. Maybe give that a go if you‘re having a hard tome getting into it. 2mo
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bookishbartender92
Caraval | Stephanie Garber

This is your first clue on the road to find her.
The others will not be so easy to retrieve.
Some will make you.....you‘re sanity and all that...eve.
Clue number two you‘ll discover in the rubble of her departure.
Number three you must earn.
Number four will cost you something valuable.
And number five requires a leap of faith.
Most of you will fail, but one will surely succeed.
You have five nights to find the four remaining clues.

channelingmcgonagall Great series! I have yet to read Legendary and Finale will be out soon, but I recognized this quote immediately! 😄 2mo
bookishbartender92 @channelingmcgonagall Yes! I‘m actually rereading this in preparation for Legendary and Finale. I got the OwlCrate special edition for Finale, were you able to grab one?? 2mo
channelingmcgonagall @bookishbartender92 didn't know about the special editions, but happy to have Caraval from an OwlCrate before I cancelled my subscription 2mo
ADWithrow I was trying to decide if this would be my next read and this did it for me. Starting tomorrow! 2mo
bookishbartender92 Excellent! I hope you enjoy @ADWithrow 2mo
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mirsophie
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Currently reading

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maich
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Hope is a powerful thing.
-Stephanie Garber
💕💕💕💕💕
Do you own any book related pillow cover? I have only one with this Caraval quote. It came a little demage😟 #februarycratephotochallenge Caraval sequins pillow cover- magical transformation! #litjoycrate #sharethelitjoy

#bookmark #animalibri #caraval #openbook #goodreads #bookworm #booklover #litsylove

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

Even though I‘ve had the physical book for awhile, I ended up doing the audio. I wanted to read this and Legendary before my preorder of Finale arrives from the UK. Now I‘m questioning it all. This was a little too scattered and confusing, and I didn‘t end up loving it. There was an interview with the author at the end of the audio where she said even she didn‘t know stuff as she was writing. Unfortunately, I think that was reflected in the story.

Reggie I hated this book, and it made me hate myself for finishing it. Lol 3mo
IndyHannaJones Ughhh I loved the concept but it just was so bland and could've been so much better. People compared it to Night Circus and I'm like....no. 3mo
kamoorephoto I started this and never finished. Honestly don‘t know what the fuss is about... 🤭 3mo
gibblr @Reggie @IndyHannaJones @kamoorephoto I powered through the second one for all of us lol 😂 I can say the second one was definitely better, although still not fantastic. 3mo
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LauraWeasley
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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"Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything."

Just finished my reread of #Caraval and I have to say, I enjoyed it much more this time. I think the first time my expectations were just too high which is why I was a little disappointed. ????

I love that #fairyloot is hosting readalongs in preparation for the last book in the series, #Finale, which comes out in May.

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Amberdfoy
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Next book club read. Already drawn in the first night. The authors color and visual descriptions are EVERYTHING. 🌞⭐️💧

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eriedoodle
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Mehso-so

Long time no review. The flu is rough but I did listen to Caraval. I really enjoyed the premise. The main characters are a bit bland but it was a fun time. More fun than the flu.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Mehso-so

Honestly I think this book is a bit overrated. It's a sparkling YA fantasy stuffed full of dreamy descriptions and romance that glitters on the surface... and lacking in any real substance. All fur coat and no knickers, as my nan would say.

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IheartYA
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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1. Caraval was a disaster, and would be more entertaining used as toilet paper than actually reading it.
2. Sweet
3. Patricia Boyle, Sauny Williams; Stella Millen, Joseph Cicalese
4. I don't think I really had one. I'm more into music.
5. NYC
@howjessreads #friyayintro

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #1 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
NovelGirl82 OMG I‘m not alone on the Caraval train! I have dnf‘d it twice, and I hardly ever dnf. I keep saying I‘ll try again, but I just haven‘t. 5mo
Sharpeipup Toilet paper? 😂 5mo
Oryx So pleased someone else didn't like Caraval! 5mo
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hyperashley
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

5⭐'s. Omg this was so good! Why did I wait so long to read this?! I need the next book like right now!

SassyBookworm One of my favorites! Hope you get a hold of the next book soon! 5mo
hyperashley @SassyBookworm I already ordered it! 5mo
Slajaunie It is nex up on my tbr. I loved the first book. 5mo
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ErikaReadsEverything
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Caraval is absolutely magical. The characters are enticing and I just adored them! I would recommend anyone wanting a little magic in their lives to join Scarlett, Julian, and Tessa at Legend‘s Caraval. You won‘t regret it. 💕

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 4mo
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alayarachel
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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StellarDoc I bought this one not too long ago. 5mo
alayarachel @StellarDoc I found it via Litsy and my library had it! 5mo
StellarDoc @alayarachel Excellent! One of my goals this year is to use the library more. The Overdrive app almost makes it too easy! 5mo
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Book_worm_21
Caraval 01 | Stephanie Garber
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I finished these three books about three weeks ago! Two of them, I finished in a week, the other, I finished in two days! All three were such good books!📚🐛

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a.bookish.byrd
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

Enchanting!

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bookstagramnerdy
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book! I loved the magic and character growth and all the drama and playing and games!

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whisperingstories
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was truly magical. Reading it, I felt as though I was really a part of Caraval. There were some parts were my anxiety peaked and some parts where my intrigue soared.
Scarlett‘s need to care for her sister is so tremendous! She worries about it every step of the way. But you can feel her love for Tella and you don‘t doubt for a moment that she would literally die for her.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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grumpygirlbooks
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I needed a good YA read, so I started this one that looked interesting. About a third through it! (I haven‘t picked the other books I was reading back up yet....)

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Allisontester
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Bailedbailed

So bad. Seriously, I wouldn‘t even bother

IheartYA Right?!? Like dumpster fire bad. The writing was the worst part. 5mo
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Bookartbookmarks
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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What are you reading this Saturday night? Getting some new bookmarks up, then planning on reading for a little bit before bed. Excited to show everyone the new bookmarks! As for the book, I picked this up on a recommendation by a blogger. Excited to read it since it is all over the internet and people seem to love it.

SassyBookworm I loved Caraval!! Hope you enjoy it! I just started 6mo
Bookartbookmarks @SassyBookworm thank you! I like the writing so far! 6mo
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Shley9225
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Pickpick

My first try reading this book was rough. I liked the world and the characters and the plot, but just couldn‘t get into it. I decided to try again, though, in preparation for reading Legendary, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. This is definitely a book that you have to be in the mood for, you can‘t force your way through it, but if you are it is vivid and magical and captivating and mysterious and an overall great read. So excited for Legendary!!

sydpiepgrass I loved the Alice in Wonderland vibes that the magic has in this book! 6mo
Shley9225 @sydpiepgrass omg same! Have you read Legendary yet? 6mo
sydpiepgrass Not yet but I'm dying to! I'm waiting for the paperback to come out in the uk (so I can have matching covers) 6mo
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TheAliceEvers
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I cannot believe I found this in a charity shop for Q9!!

I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while! I‘ve heard really good things about it! ?

rachaich Oddly, my copy was also from a charity shop! 6mo
youneverarrived Great find! 6mo
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fromthepage
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Pickpick

I love this book so much. ❤️😅 usually I‘m pretty good at figuring out the twists of a book, but this one just kept my head spinning. I thought it would go one way, and it turned out the exact opposite. I‘m not one to reread many books, but I‘ll definitely be reading this one many more times!

Bklover Who is that cutie pie!? 6mo
fromthepage @Bklover she‘s my dwarf hamster, Juniper Blues! 6mo
Bklover She is adorable!!!! 6mo
fromthepage @Bklover thank you! ❤️ 6mo
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moarbookspleaze
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Panpan

Second attempt on this one and I finished it. I still didn‘t love it.

BookNAround On the plus side, you‘re done with it forever now. 😉 6mo
moarbookspleaze @BookNAround Yes! The narrator was great! 6mo
CouronneDhiver I wasn‘t into this one either (edited) 6mo
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fromthepage
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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“It came in cool shades of forget-me-not blue, which wrapped around her like evening fog, making her feel hidden enough to acknowledge that she wanted to experience more of Caraval‘s pleasures than she would ever have admitted out loud.”

I take my last final (which is prob & stats 😬) today, and I‘m nervous. 😅 Just getting in some last minute reading to calm the nerves so I can focus better. :)

Bklover Good luck!! 6mo
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fromthepage
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I‘m so sorry I have been inactive on here! Life has been hectic and it‘s finals week at my college! Today has been the first day I got a moment to just relax! (And you know it‘s with a good book! 😉)

Here‘s my new adventure. :)

Bklover Good luck on your finals!! 6mo
fromthepage @Bklover Thank you so much!!! ❤️ 6mo
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moarbookspleaze
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Started this right after it published and ended up bailing. Giving it another go based on my SIL‘s assurance it‘s a slow start and to keep going.

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LorieL
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I'm loving this book so much that I've been trying to pace myself so I can make it last. Then I realized the sequel is already out! 😀🎉

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