DNF Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The one where the blurb will be far longer than the review.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Narrated by‎ Rebecca Soler
Audiobook 
Released January 2017, Unabridged 
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Welcome, welcome to Caraval! Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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.


DNF
My (ahem) Thoughts:

I started this book this morning thinking it was something else. That something else was supposed to be The Night Circus. I have no idea why I confused the two but after listening to over an hour of this book I realized it is not meant for the likes of me.


I'm sure sisters Scarlett & Tella have all sorts of glorious and lovely adventures and perhaps some insta-love with a handsome stranger or two after they escape their super evil daddy but I'm not in the mood for this sort of book and will likely delete it from my Ipod to make room for something that will suit my grouchiness better. Young love and overblown writing no longer do it for me.

Comments

  1. Sorry to hear you didn't like this one more. I can't think of any books that I haven't finished for quite some time.

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    1. Ah, that's alright. I'm just starting to learn that it's sometimes better to quit a book than to force myself through it.

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  2. Hahahaha! I dnf'd this one too but a lot of my friends enjoyed it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Yep, many of mine did too. I'm just a grouch!

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  3. Sorry this didn't work for you. This book was nowhere near my radar just because the synopsis didn't really hook me in. So much hype for this book, though.

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    1. Yeah, once I realized where it was going and what it was about I was out.

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  4. I've done that before. LOL This one doesn't appeal to me and so glad you shared your thoughts.

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    1. Glad I'm on my own here. There are just too many books out there and I am so easily confused.

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  5. I did not like this much either, I know, unpopular opinion! Best to read things that grab you!

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  6. Oh, big shock. I hate that sensation of thinking I'm getting one thing and get something else like a sour candy among the sweet. Sometimes it can make me like it, but sounds like nope for this one. I confess I read a few reviews and didn't think it would interest me.
    Next book!

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    1. Years ago I would've forced my through it but there are just too many books I want to read now so on to the next :)

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  7. I have gotten books confused before as well. Good think you figured it out before you listened to more of the book. Did you get The Night Circus?

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    1. Yeah, I usually get halfway through before realizing my mistake! I have exceeded my hold limit (5) at overdrive but am going to request it as soon as something else comes in and a spot frees up.

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  8. Ha ha , love this review. :)

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    1. It took a lot of thought! I'm glad you appreciate it ;)

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  9. When I first heard vague references to it I liked the sound of it but changed my mind when I saw advanced copy reviews about the instaluv and stuff so I never read it!

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    1. Yeah, I need to be a lot more careful going forward.

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  10. Oh, noooo. What a mix up. I have The Night Circus. Let me know if you ever want to buddy read it! I tried listening to the audio, but I've listened to Jim Dale read Harry Potter so many times, I kept trying to set The Night Circus at Hogwarts. LOL. I used to have Caraval on my wishlist, but there were some elements in reviews that made me change my mind.

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    1. I'll let you know when my number comes up at Overdrive!

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  11. hahaaaha your gif is so hilarious!
    confession time: I DNFd The Night Circus! So I bet this one would have not gone better LOL Funny you mentioned "Young love and overblown writing" I recently finished Brooding YA hero and it was SO hilarious! I wonder if you have read it?

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    1. No, the book is called Brooding YA hero? I might like that. It seems to know what it is!

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