Most MAGICAL City + Most MAGICAL Book|| Caravel + Travel Pictures

Well hello there, friend. Once again, I am writing this post in a hurry because I am dashing off to the beach for a week. Oh summer, what a wonderful time of year (sorry to all you southern hemisphere folks. Have a nice winter.). It is filled with possibilities of :
  • adventure
  • relaxation
  • snacks
  • hopefully lots and lots of sNACKS 
  • like chips and hotdogs and ice cream and watermelon
  • ahem, where were we?
  • ah yes, summer. 
Speaking of magic... 

(oh hush Jerry, I know that was a weak segway)

Out of all the many places in Europe that I traveled (read here as: only two countries), there was one place that stood out as the most magical. And keeping with the theme of these travel posts, that means that I have to review a magical book as well. What could be more magical than Caraval??? I mean, just look at that cover. It holds so much promise and beauty, but do the contents match up with the cover? Let's find out.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation to Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—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. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

I gave it three stars on Goodreads, but looking back on my time reading that book. I have to up it to four stars. I stayed up late to finish it, which I don't do very often (I love my sleep very much. I go to bed at 9 most nights, so if I stay up till midnight gobbling up a book, then I have to give it 4 stars).

The Good.
  • The world was beautiful. 
  • Very vivid.
  • The description was flashy and fitting
  • Fluffy romance was cute for the most part.
  • and WOAH, twisty book is twisty 
  • I loved that the sisters were protective of each other. A+ sibling representation. 
The Bad
  • The characters weren't super developed or relatable.
  • And I am still confused by the ending.
  • tho I lowkey think that is just part of the intention.
  • like a "welcome to a world of nonsense where nothing is real and every word on the page has a double meaning"
  • but I'm still confused in a not-good way, so...
The Ugly
  • wow, like, a lot. 
  • too much
  • I get that the boys are all hot and it's very hard to decide who is hotter, but please, remember that your sister is missing.
  • It's not time for kissing (that's how you get mono).
lol ME
Overall: It was cotton candy: fast-paced, suspenseful, delicious, and brightly colored. I enjoyed it, but finished the book feeling like I had just read sugar and glitter in book-form.

Magical City

Before I went to Norway, I had no idea what, where, or who Trondheim was. But after I left, all I could think about was that magical European town that time stood still in.

My travel companion (yes, my mother. I was going to try and sound cool and hip, but whatevs) and I walked all over the city (mainly because Google Maps was acting up and taking us in circles). We saw many delightful things (like a puppy, and lots of dessert. The important things).

Hogwarts (or some cathedral. Who knows.)
After strolling across the cobblestones all day, we wrapped our hands around cups of tea as we sat in the sun on the Famous Bridge (which I still have no idea why it is famous. It just is). I had a little zoom-out moment; I could see that evening for everything it was: priceless, and perfect, and something I will look back on as one of the best days of my life.
Ooo, who is that cutie??? it me
Sitting on the bench on the bridge, I was something I haven't been in a long time: utterly content. I am partially convinced that the bridge somehow exists in a little pocket outside of time and reality, where the sun is always about to set in a golden pool.

A famous bridge that was famous for some unbeknownst reason.
Where is the most magical place you've been? What is the most magical book you've read? Did you think it was Hogwarts, too? because I'm still pretty sure it is.


  1. See what I meant by “Caraval is amazing?” Legendary (book 2) was a’ight, but I’m not thrilled that I purchased it. XD It’s just so magical though. The most magical place I’ve ever been to is Steveston (Storybrooke!) Canadia. The most magical book I’ve ever read was The Golden Compass! Glad you’re having an amazing summer!!

    1. Yeah, it was such a fun book! And that seems like a pretty magical place. ;)

  2. I don't think that I'm going to read this book but I do like your reviews. Your views are romance are kinda similar to mine. Like, there doesn't need to be so much when it's not even a romance novel?!

    1. Exactly! Like, this book promised me explosions or dinosaurs or who knows what else, so why are all the characters now making eyes at each other???? not on my watch, no thank you. XD

  3. (I can't tell you how excited I was to see that you made another post-- I've been eager for it.) It's so difficult to say where the most magical place I've been is because my favorite places all have different kinds of magic. Some have Hogwarts magic, others have Cabeswater magic.
    And yes, I think that is Hogwarts because Hogwarts seems like the sort of place that would, like Narnia, appear when needed.
    BY THE WAY this post with its travel and speak of magical lands makes me want to recommend The Magicians Trilogy to you (with a few disclaimers and caveats-- I'll explain more later).

    1. Aw, you're too kind. :)

      I am thrilled to hear that you agree. To think, I was at the gates of Hogwarts and I wouldn't pay the 13.99 to go in. Alas.

      Ooo, well now I'm curious about The Magicians Trilogy...

  4. Ack, enjoyed reading about your magical day.

    (Also, aaww, you are a cutie pie. <3)

  5. My opinion on Caraval is very similar to yours! It was SUCH a beautifully written book, but the climax seemed sorta rushed and mildly confusing - like there was a whole lot crammed into too few pages or something. Not even sure. :P And then Julian is just your typical YA bad boy...

    But I DID really like it, so like you I gave it four stars. It was enchanting. <3

    Sounds like you had an AWESOME trip!!

    1. Yes, exactly!! It wasn't a quality piece of literature by any means, but it was so goshdarn pretty.

      I did have an awesome trip. Europe is amazing!

  6. I love how you're doing book reviews and also pictures of your travels! AHHH I WANT TO TRAVEL. (I mean I actually hate leaving my house but the world seems pRETTY.) And afjdskla I loved Caraval. Though totally relate to Scarlett being distracted by 48 different things that weren't the fact her sister was missing. I mean same honestly. You could distract me with a bowl full of shiny marbles if my sister was missing. (I am the nicest.) And the world was just exquisite ahhhh. I have to admit I prefer Legendary though, because Tella narrates!

    1. Thanks! It's a fun way to do both. :)

      lol it's a good thing your sister's life isn't hinging on your attention span, then. XD I'm looking forward to read Legendary!!


  7. #YesJerry :) You always know a book is amazing when you sacrifice sleep for it. I did that
    with the Fault in Our Stars and, most recently, the fifth Harry Potter book. Norway looks
    amazing! I love towns that remain frozen in your memory with their beautiful magic and
    scenery. I need to travel more, honestly...this looks like so much fun! Also, DUDE - your
    outfit is THE BOMB!

    1. Right? Ooo, those two are good books. I can see why you stayed up. ;)
      Traveling is one of the most rewarding things ever. I hope you have a chance to go everywhere that you heart desires!!!
      Aw, thx!! I adore that sweater and will take any opportunity to wear it. XD

  8. WOWWW THIS PLACE LOOKS MAGICAL! It looks like you guys had an absolute blast <3


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