Book Review: Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

Gods I was supposed to write this review up earlier
But I’ve been in somewhat of a book slump, so I’m just reading some novels by Lauren Blakely in which I won’t review lmao


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Name: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raash
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 14, 2015

Synopsis

A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


Book Cover Comments

I super love the entire theme of “Snow like Ashes”, and that’s exactly what that photo is. I have a weak spot for aesthetically pleasing nature, a.k.a. earth porn, soooooo

Also the chakram is beautiful.


The Actual Review

Snow Like Ashes was a very, very, very fun read. It’s one of those from-scratch-fantasies where it has a lengthy and rich history to it. The reasons why all the conduits was created, not that I’m exactly sure what its for up to now 😂 I’m still confused 😂

This might sound like how ACOTAR works, with the seasonal courts/countries/counties/whateverwhatever and the non-seasonal ones, but I don’t see it as taking direct inspiration, as Snow Like Ashes was published in 2014, and ACOTAR’s first draft was written even before 2010.

While ACOTAR offers views from its Spring, Summer, Night, and possibly more courts to come in book three, I’m enjoying the view of Snow Like Ashes’ Winter country and one of it’s rhythm country. I can’t wait to know how the name rhythm came into the world of Primoria through some sort of I don’t know method, like twitter or maybe the book will tell me more.

The idea of the channeling of power in the conduits, a.k.a. objects, as well as discovering ancient poems describing the chasm, in which you will come across while reading the book, just really sucks me in. And though confusing, the magic building was pretty sick.

Discussing the plot, I think its actually very fast paced. A lot happens in a short period of time, and the characters keep of jumping from place to place. The benefit is, you’re not stuck in one place. The sad thing is? You don’t get to see much of the country, but not that you need to. I love the memory snippets that go into the plot lines, as seen in italics, since it provides an understanding and important scenes to some of the characters. You will also see very interesting interactions between Meira and this mysterious person, so do expect some fun fantasy and history quest in the book. Despite the well pace, the ending definitely felt rushed, and how it ended just left me kind of frustrated, because the heroine knows something that I also know, but she’s just kind of putting it aside for now, so that she can focus on how to help Winter out from its currently devastating state.

Moving on to the characters, there are some aspects of Meira, our heroine, that I really like. The idea that Meira sees hope and holds on to it, finding anyway possible to help her comrades out, as well as the mindset she always has to serve Winter, her country. There’s this one section where Meira stands up to her own thoughts and rights so much, it caused quite a scene. I thought that was really brave of her. And Meira’s choice of weapon, the chakram, is also very interesting, and her skills at it, too. And as she is our heroine, there will be many interesting plot twists and revelations on Meira’s past, the mystery shrouding her parents, and how that ties into how the conduits and its owners work.

Mather, the one who Meira is really in love with? I mean I love him in the sense that this boi is always giving me sweet-heartaches when he was with Meira during a lot of the times, but he’s fairly stubborn at a lot of times, which kind of annoys me. We also see a love rivalry, in which I won’t spoil his origin due to the fact that I can’t even remember his name LMAO IM SORRY LIFE IS TOUGH Though from the second book’s blurb, it seems that this rival has quite a bit of a personality, and I most certainly would like to know if Meira and dis gai’s friendship will last, and what will turn out.


I think Snow Like Ashes would be the perfect read if you’re going through a bit of a tough time. Helps build your heart to be a bit more stronger :)

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Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Curse, I was slow on book blog schedule.

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Crime, I was slow on reading schedule.

And when I’m writing this review for Winner’s Kiss, I’m very slow on reading schedule.

Btw this spoils you if you haven’t read the other two books, so read at your own risk!


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Name: The Winner’s Kiss
Author: Marie Rutokski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Bloomsbury (my edition)
Release Date: March 29, 2016; March 24, 2016 (Bloomsbury)

Synopsis

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


Book Cover Comments

 

The only thing I’d like to know, is why each cover needs a different dress color instead of having a unified system XD

Also finally, the dress flows onto the spine.
Btw this is the only one where model Kestrel ain’t holding a sword lmao
This sounds more like a trivia than a comment but anyhow…


The Actual Review

 

Even more plot twists.

This plot twist was even more heartbreaking than The Winner’s Crime. Well I can’t spoil you, reader, but as you know if you’ve read the synopsis, is that Kestrel was sent to the work camp, and something grave happens to her. Something that turned her into like those around her, all the other victims who fell to the tortures and the toughness of the work camps. And we surround this plot point and open the rest of the story. And it is this event that breaks readers’ hearts the most.

“What am I now?”
Sarsine held both of Kestrel’s hands. “Whatever you want to be.”

I think whats so special about what happened in Kestrel just really proves that Kestrel’s love and Arin’s love knows no ends, and no matter what barriers were put between them, through this ultimate test of love, Kestrel finds her way back to Arin, and Arin finds his way to her.

“Will you come with me?”
“Ah, Kestrel, that’s something you never need to ask.”

It’s probably predictable in the fact that Arin and Kestrel will reunite. So let’s continue now that I’ve slightly spoiled a predicted plot point! But hey, when you’re so deeply immersed in both Kestrel’s torturous mine life and Arin’s torturous feels, you completely forget that you just predicted that plot point.

“If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.”

The Winner’s Kiss plays even more with warfare and strategic thinking. I super love those detailed scenes that Marie Rutkoski was able to write out: what steps should you take when in battle, strategies or weak spots to hit so that the enemy might falter, falling into one’s trap, but at the same time, they are falling into the trap that you said.
TRAP-CEPTION
jks lmao

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

Other points for plot, is that the first half of the book is heart ache worthy. Then the second half of the book is strategical thinking full points. It was really really well written, and despite me not caring too much about warfare IRL, I couldn’t help myself but getting sucked into how the characters plan their moves to try to take down Valoria and the King.

It was the horror of someone who’d been dealt a winning hand, had bet her life on the game, and then proceeded (deliberately?) to lose.

We also get to know more about the characters from the Eastern country, in which, I forgot to mention because I was going through amnesia, were already introduced in the second book. Roshar, prince of the Eastern country in which I have forgotten it’s name because I’m a terrible person, accompanies Arin on his journey. I find him really hard to understand, since he just has so many sides, and not even I am able to get an idea on all of it.

“You could offer her a seat,” Arin said.

“Ah, but I have only two chairs in my tent, little Herrani, and we are three. I suppose she could always sit on your lap.”

And surrounding Roshar’s world is a mysterious person who will play an important role in the final parts of the book, and that person was totally unexpected. This person was introduced in book 2, but I had no idea that person was pretty much faking their identity like so, and bringing out his/her full potential when wanting to protect the person he/she wants to protect.

“I tried so hard to live in your world,” she told him. “Now it’s your turn to live in mine.”

And this person he/she wants to protect, in my sense, is a little bit stubborn at times, but I feel so sorry for this person, for the fact that some decisions throughout this book was out of kindheartedness and loyalty, and in some ways, I’ve figured as I’m typing this, this person is very similar to Kestrel’s relationship with her father.

“You will be lonely, but you’ll become strong.”

A very shocking and amazing conclusion, The Winner’s Kiss ends the beautifully written strategy, full of romance, strategical thinking, warfares, web of lies, politics, and a little bit of faith in one’s religion.

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Curse, I was slow on book blog schedule.

This time I’m slow on reading schedule.

Right.


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Name: The Winner’s Crime
Author: Marie Rutokski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Bloomsbury (my edition)
Release Date: March 3, 2015; March 12, 2015 (Bloomsbury)

Synopsis

Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy


Book Cover Comments

I still love the interaction of the blade with the logo. And honestly it’s annoying how there’s a difference between the hardback and the paperback, because one’s dress is blue, and the other’s red, but I buy paperback but I love blue :((

The other thing I’m gonna complain about, is that the dress doesn’t flow onto the spine, but the other two books in the series does, as well as the fact that for unknown reasons or probs sake of extra aesthetics, that the words are in gold and not silver. Not unified. Ok.


The Actual Review

 

Wow.

“If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.”

Honestly though Marie Rutkoski really loves putting readers through insane book ending cliffhangers. I’m not kidding. This one was worse than the previous one.

This time, we direct our focus away from the city of Herran, and mostly at where Kestrel is right now: the fiancé of Prince Verex of Valoria. I absolutely love everything going on inside the palace. It’s crazy. All the gossips, the spies, who’s reporting to who, and what role Kestrel plays in this entire web of complication.

For your information, I hate the King of Valoria. He’s a total jerk, I was looking for a fool when I found him. (Shakespeare Reference!) Not only is he not satisfied when things don’t go his way, he immediately takes action to keep things in his pace, his order, whatsoever. But I give credits to this villain. Because his way of thinking is as peculiar as Kestrel’s, and how he plays the games of the court? How he uses those who are close to Kestrel to threaten her?

Arin hadn’t fallen asleep on the deck of his strangely still ship, yet, it felt as if he’d been dreaming. As if dreams and memories and lies were the same thing.

But honestly I hate dad Kestrel as much as I hate King. He’s an eggplant. Honestly though. An even larger eggplant than the King is. For what reason I won’t say, but he’s honestly the worse dad on Earth. I don’t even understand why Kestrel still continues to care for him. Fine I get it. It is her father, but still! You were right Arin, you were right to try to show Kestrel how big of an eggplant her father is.

Ok enough talk of the villainy in this story. Next topic: plot.

Plot twists? Like What??????!?!?!?!? There are so many plot reveals going on in this book, relationships mending and breaking apart, I can’t even imagine. When cities begin to corrupt due to some mysterious thingy-majig, and relationships corrupt due to the lack of trust between and the lies going on, oh, boy, gods.

There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else’s idea of honor without question.

Then there’s the burning romance that pulls out your heart and throws it through Earth every time Kestrel thinks of Arin or Arin thinks of Kestrel or when they have interaction. I don’t even know why the romance in this books resonates with me like that so much. All I know is that its to die for.

“She turned to look at him, and he was already looking at her. “I’m going to miss you when I wake up,” she whispered, because she realized that she must have fallen asleep under the sun. Arin was too real for her imagination. He was a dream.
“Don’t wake up,” he said.”

But in the end, Kestrel and Arin were being a bit of an eggplant as well. But they have their reasons: because they try to protect the one they love the most.

“Marry him,” Arin said, “but be mine in secret.”

Aw.

Just spoiled you didn’t I.

;)

She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self.

Worse book review writer in history.
In fact, today’s writing is so bad simply because

  1.  I’m stressed about my Photoshop Trial being over. Stupid Adobe. Why can’t we just have a permanent Photoshop
  2. I have to wake up at 7:15m and it’s 12:24am
  3. I have vague memory of this book despite reading it earlier this week
    1. maybe because I’m reading the Winner’s Kiss right now, aka right after Crime.

Alright enough with the BS.

Let’s sum it up!


Plot twists + eggplants(n) + revelations + romance = The Winner’s Crime.

*takes a bow*

*runs away to evade bananas and eggs thrown at me*


So yea.

Obviously everything about my opinion on this book is unclear. Feel free to comment below and ask a question!

Book Review: Reignited – Colleen Houck

After much procrastination, I finally finished this.

Sigh life is getting more and more busier, and I’m slowing down on reading.


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Name: Reignited
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Self Published at CreateSpace Independent Pub.
Release Date: February 21, 2017

Blurb

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the  New York Times  bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and wilfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.


Book Cover Comments

I was a little disappointed with how the eye turned out, because the previous two were super realistic, but with this novella and the final book, it’s less sophisticated whatsoever. But nonetheless, the pupil is beautiful as usual, and I super like the bronze color theme and the goddess figures below :) And the peacock feather.


The Actual Review

Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I first decided to buy this book. I bought it since it is one of my favourite series of all times, but what it gave us was definitely unexpected. I thought that the novella would go full Seth POV, but no. Every main deity who appears in the story, Osiris, Isis, Seth, Nephthys, Amun Ra, all of them get to share a moment of speech. But because of that, and that there is no clear separation of when who is talking, it confused me at times, and took me a little time to realise who was speaking.

I love the concept put in this book, Colleen’s version of how Osiris and Isis first got together, and the role the others play, and how Seth first began to discover his powers. Though basically none of these appear in original Egyptian contexts, I think what Colleen did, was made her world of Egypt and Heliopolis much more richer and a more beautifully weaved web.

Even though I went into this book with a slightly meh mood, since its not my baes of the series, Lily and Amon, but nonetheless, because of the story of love Colleen weaved for us, the ones who lay out the path of the future and the whisper of the stars, it is that where it drew my interest and end up closing the book in satisfaction.

And holy lords when the book referenced to the main series, and it turns out that Lily, who is the girl from the main Reawakened series (feel free to check out my review on them!) had her destiny and path already locked in and prepared for her.

I think my favourite character is Nephthys, her willingness to sacrifice what is needed in order to reach the final ending that will save them all. And the fact that her special power was to be able to listen to the stars?

*cough Wasret*

In the end, I was happy I read this book, because not only I got to see a new version of the love stories and deep entwined relationships and secrets in mythological Heliopolis, but I also got to see a little teaser of a prophecy (it’s basically one. it’s an indirect prophecy, as I would call it.) that relates back to the main plot!

Book Review: The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Geez I should have tried to write this earlier but hey procrastination got in the way


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Name: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 18, 2012

Synopsis

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.


Book Cover Comments

The brass background is actually really cool. Especially when you hold the physical copy and it has a little bit of a reflective surface. I like the idea of that particular symbol carved into the brass like so a lot.

 


The Review

So I wouldn’t say The Darkest Minds is one of those hyper-active exciting reads, but there was something in the book that kept me going on and reading more and more, getting even more immersed in the book.

I actually didn’t even think or focus on the fact that this is a dystopian novel. Yes some of you know I’m not a dystopian enthusiast lmao

I really like the concept of how the special/dangerous kids were sorted. Slightly spoiling the system of the rehab camps, is that depending on how dangerous the kids’ ability, a.k.a. how strong they are, they are sorted into a color category: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. I’m still unclear about the line between blue and green, but we get to see a little bit of everything in this book. The powers displayed are also super super cool. At the same time, even though it is supernatural abilities, it’s not over the top fantasia crazy, and sticks to reality well. (what am I even saying haha)

I love the range of main characters we have, from Liam to his friends, Chubs and Zu, and their characters are so different from each other. (i mean duh what am i even saying) I love it especially when Liam becomes protective dad. The way the others depend on him and the way he lives on with his closest friends, and how he has a strong determination to go towards his goals and to protect those important to him.

Funny thing about Chubs is that he’s kind of a “i have my own world” boy. In a sense that he’s really really blunt and direct about whatever he wants to say. At first I didn’t really like chubs cus he seemed a bit too whiny, but when we get to East River, there’s this one part where Chubs totally rocked the entire scene so that I could insert:

*burn*

Zu is a very special character, and why that is the case I won’t spoil you, but I like the fact that she’s so strong despite being (i think) ten year old, and having to face such a terrible reality. And this leads right on to our World Building.

The World that Alex Bracken weaved is indeed dark and deep. The corruption and how twisted and skewed everything behind the scenes were, especially with the complicated web of the president of Darkest-Minds-US-of-A. There were a few turn outs in the ending that was ultimately expected though never anticipated, and it indeed showed me a spectacular view of how Alex viewed the Darkest Minds. It also discusses the concept of people wearing masks and identities, the desire to be in power, the fear harbored inside of us, and many more concepts that I can revisit over and over again.

Now despite the slow and grey-ish colored plot (i couldn’t describe it any better. It wasn’t dull), as I said before, something just kept me going on and on. I think it’s definitely because of the story of Ruby, the decisions she makes to try to protect those she treasures, and oh when I think back to that ending? All dem’ feels. Getting myself into the book definitely took some time, but I think everything just got so much more interesting when Ruby finally escaped Rehab camp and went on a heck of a journey.

The one thing I especially love about Ruby is definitely that really significant i-won’t-spoil-you-event in her past. It is her past that builds up who she is now, the fears she face, the ability she must accept, that there are things that you can embrace instead of running away.


The shattering ending and the darkening dystopian world of The Darkest Minds, and how each character is a pillar of light that can shine brightly on their own makes me anticipate the sequel when I get to read it :)

 

Book Review: Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Lol I have such mixed feelings about this book, like it’s good but a lot of aspects I dislike, but surprisingly, I’m still giving this a 4/5 lmao


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Name: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Synopsis

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 . . .

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.


Book Cover Comments

I love the gradient red lines on the starry blue-greenish dark background. The contrast is really well done, and the background ties into a section of the book as well. I like how the lines sort of narrow down to the catchphrase of the book and Stephanie’s name. Whoever, designed the cover of this book, it’s really really mystic and beautiful.

The star in the middle entwined with the word “Caraval” is a beautiful design. So I was told the star was HOLO (holographic aka rainbow). When my book arrived, I was like, where dat HOLO>!>!!?!?!??!?!?! Turns out it can only be seen under bright lights. Bummer. XD


The Review

Oh, boy.

Honestly if I don’t spoil you, my dear reader, you wouldn’t be able to understand my praises and rant. But that’s ok, I’ll be doing that over BookTube (yes I haven’t filmed in 3 weeks cus I’m lazy as hell) because this rant is pretty much necessary.

So read at your own precaution, because I’ll have to reveal some of the character traits of some of the characters. Otherwise you won’t get what’s going on and why some things just bug me so much.

Beginning with the world building, Caraval was an absolutely magnificent world. So leaving out where Scarlett and Tella are from cus it’s really not neccessary to talk about, the island which Caraval is on, in which it is located in a big big house of some sort, kind of gives me the impression of this: (it’s a pic i took while i was in Edinburgh)13549380_648721851949103_604119499_n.jpg

The small pinhole reveals a big world inside, and that world, indeed, is extremely rich. All the interesting locations and easter eggs (well they’re not really easter eggs, but character’s world’s easter eggs. As in like clues of this and that lmao) The idea of Caraval being surrounded by a canal so that some of the plot and characters could set into place, the locations, just everything.

The concept of Caraval itself was extremely magnificent. With the rules and contracts, the idea that they kept on enforcing that “it’s only a game”. Throughout the game, because of all the twist and turns, it kept me going on thinking if this is to be meant literally, or metaphorically, and metaphorically in the sense that it’s hiding a truth of some sort. The idea that each thing you want comes with a payment, in which you can pay with secrets, possessions, time, I really like it. This just makes everything more fun and interesting.

SO the big thing in the plot was Scarlett finding Tella since she is kidnapped by the master of the game, Legend. Basically an adventure where she tries to find her sister with five clues, and go all over town. Adventure x Room Escape Style. I mean, who doesn’t like an adventure to find the prize and then get your so called wish granted? Everything is really cool, from the players in the fame and their roles, how some people help each other out, as well as how part of them reflect who they really are outside the game. So kinda like virtual RPG’s, I guess.

However, one thing with the plot that insanely bugs me is the amount of twists, turns and revelations they put in the last 30% of the book. To a certain extent, I think it was too difficult for me to handle and deal with, since there was a lot to load in and try to understand. But at the same time, there’s no way it could be put earlier on in the book, because, no. lol I’m complaining and yet (#ContradictingMyself)


Now onto the major section of the rant part.
I’m just not satisfied with the characters. Like is it just me or is it just overly bizarre and 😦

Note that everything below is slightly spoilerish.

So we just had to kick off the book with Scarlett being the greenhouse plant. She had this really enclosed mind that thinks marrying off is the only way to stay safe of the dangers in life, and so she has 0 ambition, therefore fragile. I get it, it’s so that she can grow out of it when she arrives in Caraval and become a whole new person. In fact, when Scarlett finally understands her stubbornness, she begins to change. She dares, she tries, she thinks ways she never thinks before, reaching great conclusions.

Her sister on the other hand, is a total wild card. Her ambition is 100%, literally opposite of Scarlett. While I appreciate the fact that you should try everything and not run away, I find Tella going too far on too many aspects, that you would only understand if you know the plot. During the last maybe 20% of the book, I was pretty much pissed of her. I get her actions are understandable for the future she’s looking to and what she’s trying to do, but nah.

But nonetheless, amazing world building and plot.


I’ll leave the rest in the video review that I will be making soon, so I hope you enjoyed my review of Caraval :)