Review: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: January 2017
Pages: 407 (Flatiron Books)

What is the book about?
The sisters Donatella and Scarlett live with their dad who abuses them regularly and always punishes the other for the mistakes of the one sister. So naturally they both want to flee their dad, but they have very different ideas on how to achieve their goal. While Scarlett wants to marry a duke she never met to bring her and her sisters to safety, Donatella wants to run away to the Caraval a magical festival where the winner gets granted one wish. Against Scarlett's will (yes she gets knocked out cold) they pursue Donatella's plan.

What did I think of the book?
I had high hopes for this book, not only because I heard so much good things about it, but also because it just seemed like a magical, mystical and all around entertaining story. And yes, it was all those things, BUT there was too little character- and world-building involved and therefor too much sexual tension. I feel like the closer I got to the end of the book, the more it was about the love story and not about the relationship between the two sisters (which intrigued me a lot more). Also, many critiqued the use of metaphors (I mean, yes, there are a lot of them), but I really enjoyed those! I felt like they were what kept me reading, because they drew beautiful images in my head. 
Still, I didn't like the book as much, as I expected to like it - also because of the end of it, which seemed totally unrealistic and out of the blue. 
All in all I gave it three out of five stars. You should go read it, but don't get your expectations up too much.