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 :
- hopefully lots and lots of sNACKS
- like chips and hotdogs and ice cream and watermelon
- ahem, where were we?
- ah yes, summer.
- MAGICAL TIME OF YEAR
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 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 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...
- um SO MUCH ROMANCE
- 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).
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.)|
|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.