My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.
Ratings of Previous Books
- Caraval ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was one of my most anticipated releases this year and I was so damn happy to get my hands on it! We are thrown back into the world of Caraval, but this time the story is about Donatella.
Now I wasn’t a big fan of Donatella in Caraval so I was a bit unsure about a whole book completely about her. She was wild, boy crazy, and made impulsive decisions. While she still is sort of the same here, it makes for a good book! We also get peaks of Scarlett and Julian here and it was good to see them.
So Tella made a bargain with an unknown source, who has promised to give Tella information on her mother. The price of this information? The person wants to know Legend’s true name. That is not an easy thing to get!
Miss Dragna, Caraval isn’t about the clues. Your sister didn’t win because she solved simple riddles. She won because of what she was willing to sacrifice for those riddles, and for what she was willing to sacrifice in order to find you.
The writing was as lyrical as I remembered. I was once again swept away in the world of Caraval and everything seemed so vivid. I will never get sick of this magical world!
The romance here was so much more! I won’t say with who, you are just going to have to read to see! It was very push and pull and the chemistry was there. Oh man! I was couldn’t help but keep reading to see how it would end.
The reasons I couldn’t give it 5 stars was because it felt like there wasn’t as much magic and game playing like there was in the first book. I get that Tella was playing a different game than Scarlette did, but I was really looking forward to more magic. Also, I was a bit shocked by Scarlette here. She makes some rare appearances and when she does, it made me take pause. She makes some weird choices and I wanted to shake her a bit. I also never knew if she knew more about Legend than she led on.
Overall this book was great and I can’t wait for the next one. Especially after that ending! We have a name at least, it’s going to be called Finale and it comes out 2019. Why it so far away?!
ARC provided by Flatiron Books for an honest review.
The quote was taken from an ARC is subject to change upon publication.