Caraval is truly a magical, enchanting and mesmerizing read. Reading it made me feel like a little girl once again back when I thought magic was always a possibility. The feeling is wonderfully nostalgic. *sighs appreciatively*
From the moment I opened the book, I was instantly captivated as it started with a series of letters from a nine year old Scarlett sending Master Legend requests to visit their island to perform the renowned Caraval, a yearly performance/game filled with deception and magic and where the spectators are actually part of the show.
Of course her letters have always been unanswered except on the present year during which Scarlett is about to enter an arranged marriage, she and her sister Tella finally get invited to the Caraval at his own personal island by the Master Legend himself and this is where all the enthralling magic begins. *squeals*
I just loved everything about it. I loved the writing which was easy to read, but very imaginative, amusing and beautifully descriptive all at the same time. I was very involved with the game and with trying to decipher the clues. I also very much enjoyed the plot twists, admired the relationship between the siblings and adored the cute romance. Also the dress that seems to have a mind of its own is amazing. I want to have one.^^
The book to me was a purely delightful read and unlike other first books that usually end with cliffhangers, this one gave me a solid and very satisfying conclusion while the very intriguing Epilogue made me want to read the second book like now