Book Review: Caraval

caravalTitle: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 402

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:
Scarlet has always wanted to attend Caraval, a traveling magical game. However, her controlling father will not allow it. Then, she is kidnapped by the help of her sister and taken to Caraval, where she has to play the game to find her sister and get back home before her father figures out they’re missing. But Caraval is not all as it seems, as a game, to Scarlet, nor to us as readers.

My Thoughts:
Hmmm. Hm. Hm. Hm. Hm. Hmmmmmm.

All this time, I thought…meh. It’s okay. I don’t know how I’m going to like it. Then I get to the last chapter, and now I don’t know what to think!

This is NOT similar to Night Circus, IMO. It’s not a circus at all. It has very little details similar to the Night Circus. The similarities come with the feel that magic brings, it happens at night, and it supposedly travels, though I’m not sure how this…”game”(?)…would travel anywhere.

I don’t know what to think about the comparison to Night Circus, more than I feel like we miss out on that feeling that would make this novel seem similar to the Night Circus. I think the magic, and all the details of this game that would make this feel like the Night Circus, we do not get to see. There’s lots of magic and amazingness that happens throughout the game, and we see a very few instances of our main character experiencing this the first night of Caraval, but then I feel like, by continuing to follow her story and plotline, it gets all left in the background, more than anything. Not only that, but then, by the end, nothing is as it seems…to our character, nor to us. I’m still just a bit confused, since I was very curious to find out what was going on by the end and may have sped-read a bit to get there.

Am I happy with the ending? I mean, I guess so. It all turns out in a happy ending, mostly. But then, I’m still kept guessing a bit…which I guess is a good thing, since there will be a book 2.

January 2017 | Reading Wrap-up & Book Haul

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Title: Back in the Saddle

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Book in Series: 1 of 3

Pages: 320

My Rating: 4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Title: Home on the Range

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Book in Series: 2 of 3

Pages: 298

My Rating: 4.25 stars

My Review

 

 

 

 

 

kneedeep1Title: Knee Deep

Author: Jolene Perry

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 278

My Rating: 3.5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kneedeep2Title: Sunk, Shawn’s Story

Author: Jolene Perry

Book in Series: 2 of 2

Pages: 40

My Rating: 3 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

collapseTitle: Collapse

Author: RJ Infantino

Book in Series: 1 of ?

Pages: 282

My Rating: 3 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fallingrainTitle: Falling for Rain

Author: Meadow Taylor

Pages: 160

My Rating: 2.5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

girl6e1Title: The Girl in 6E

Author: A.R. Torre

Book in Series: 1 of 3

Pages: 352

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Pages: 490

My Rating: 5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books I added to my shelves this month:

Readathon TBR | Winter Biannual Bibliothon

The Winter Biannual Bibliothon starts Monday, January 9th. Link to all the information.

I am trying to figure out what I’m going to read for this readathon, and I just can’t seem to keep it straight in my head, so here we go ahead with my TBR, so that I can plan! I definitely will NOT be getting to all 7 challenges, or reading more than a couple books. But if I can, I will double up on challenges, hence the difficulty of keeping it all straight.

Here are the challenges:
1. Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo: http://bit.ly/1Unwl0Q
2. Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge – http://bit.ly/2fgggxU
3. Read a 2016 new release
4. Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you
5. Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up
6. Read a retelling
7. Read a diverse book

MY TBR (4 books)
1 – Will not be completing, as I do not have this book, nor have the means to get it before it’s needed
2 – Read a book with over 300 pages: The Night Circus my Erin Morganstern
3 – (finishing) Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
4 – …….?
5 – I’ll Meet You There, by Heather Demetrios
6 – Twilight: Life and Death, by Stephanie Meyer
7 – Probably not happening, unless another just happens to also qualify. Do any of these?! I don’t know how I’m supposed to know that before reading it. lol

Year’s End Overview | 2016

TBR
Added books not read: 143 (oooooops…haha)
Unhauled books: 84

READ
Completed books: 60
DNF’d books: 2
Pages: 21,228
Shortest book: 62 pages – Kindred Spirits, by Rainbow Rowell
Longest book: 1448 pages – Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Least Popular book: Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life, by Anna Brones
Most Popular book:Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

RATED BOOKS
5 stars: 2 book
4 stars: 33 books
3 stars: 20 books
2 stars: 5 books
1 stars: 0 books

Read 13 new releases:
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Read 5 re-reads:
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Finished 4 series:
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Started & Finished 7 series:
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Participated in 7 readathons:
Rainbowthon 2.0 (February)
Slay That Series Readathon (March)
Bout of Books 16 (May)
Booktubathon (July)
Bout of Books 17 (August)
#ReadThemAllThon (August-September)
Tome Topple Readathon (November)

Participated in 4 readalong/buddy reads:
Not a Drop to Drink Readalong (April)
Summer Days, Summer Nights (Pamela/Puffy Books, June)
Vassa in the Night (Lori/ReadingMomof5, November)
Gone with the Wind Readalong (November/December)

Bout of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenge

Well, lo and behold, I am able to do the first challenge! Haha. I didn’t expect to really be able to do many, if any, of the challenges, because we are on holiday. But I’m trying to squeeze this one in here, before heading off to shower and go to bed.

Today’s challenge is put on by Writing My Own Fairy Tale, and is to announce your favorite and least favorite book-to-movie-adapatations. I am doing this quickly, so I went with a favorite classic that I love both the book and the movie!

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adapation:

 

…and then I went with the first one that popped into my head for a dislike. But it’s the one I was most mad about. I liked the book well, and then the movie plot and overall feel were changed pretty drastically, plus it was just plain weird.

Least Favorite Book-to-Move Adaption:

Bout of Books 17 Reading Wrap-Up

WRAP UP OF THE WEEK

Started 1 books, finished # books.

 

Read # pages.

 

Day 1 – Monday, August 22, 2016

Started: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Read: 105 pages

Day 2 – Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Read: nothing

Day 3 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Continued: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Read: 53 pages

Day 4 – Thursday, August 25, 2016

Continued:

Day 5 – Friday, August 26, 2016

Finished:

Day 6 – Saturday, August 27, 2016

Started:

Day 7 – Sunday, August 28, 2016

Finished:

#ReadThemAllThon Wrap-Up

WRAP UP OF THE WEEKS

Started 1 books, finished 1 books.

 

Read # pages.

 

WEEK 1

Day 1 – Monday, August 15, 2016

Read: nothing

Day 2 – Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Read: nothing

Day 3 – Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Read: nothing

Day 4 – Thursday, August 18, 2016

Continued: The Heir, by Kiera Cass
Read: 81 pages

Day 5 – Friday, August 19, 2016

Continued: The Heir, by Kiera Cass
Read: 18 pages

Day 6 – Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finished: The Heir, by Kiera Cass
Read: 74 pages

Day 7 – Sunday, August 21, 2016

Read: nothing

 

WEEK 2

Day 8 – Monday, August 22, 2016

Started: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Read: 105 pages

Day 9 – Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Read: nothing

Day 10 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Read: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Read: 53 pages

Day 11 – Thursday, August 25, 2016

Continued:

Day 12 – Friday, August 26, 2016

Finished:

Day 13 – Saturday, August 27, 2016

Started:

Day 14 – Sunday, August 28, 2016

Finished:

 

WEEK 3

Day 15 – Monday, August 29, 2016

Started:

Day 16 – Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Finished:

Day 17 – Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Started:

Day 18 – Thursday, September 1, 2016

Continued:

Day 19 – Friday, September 2, 2016

Finished:

Day 20 – Saturday, September 3, 2016

Started:

Day 21 – Sunday, September 4, 2016

Finished: