My Predictions for Finale

Unusual post! On May 9th the final book in the Caravel series is coming out, and I can’t wait! But as a little game I thought I’d write down some of my Predictions for this dramatic end of the series.

Note: this post WILL contain spoilers for Caravel and Legendary, read at your own peril.

🃏 The fates will get Trapped Back in the cards

Yep, easy one at first, I think they’ll manage to put the fates back in the cards. They might destroy them once and for all, but I think putting them back in the cards would be more fun.

🌹Scarlett will Loose Julian for Cheating on him

The whole ‘I like you but want to check I got the best guy possible’ attitude that some girls have is just terrible. Either you like the person you’re with or you don’t, no one else should come into it at all.

✨ Scarlett and Julian will end up Together

Yeah, they will be together in the end. He’ll forgive her and she’ll realise she loved him all along.

🎩 Dante and Jack will Fight over Tella

Anyone else felt a love triangle coming on at the end there? And Dante and Jack strike me as the old fashioned duel for the girl type.

♥️ Tella will end up Single

More a hope than a prediction, but I really hope Tella doesn’t get with either guy after how they’ve treated her. If she ends up with any of them I hope it’s Legend.

👑 Their Mother becomes Queen

The ‘their’ here refers to Scarlett and Tella. I mean, who better to be queen than a close personal friend to the ex queen. And as an ex criminal she could really cut down on the crime in the city.

🎪 Nigel takes Over Caravel

I know, I know, it is heavily implied in the blurb that Caravel will cease to exist. But maybe they could change it up a little? Make it into a humble carnival? Seems a shame to loose such a fun game, and think about all those unemployed actors! Who better to run it than its oldest player?

♣️ Legend will also get Trapped in a Card

Yeah, he’s too fragile and powerful to let roam free. He’ll fall into a card, possibly an ace or something, and spend the rest of his days as paper.

Lets Compare Notes

There you have it! My Finale predictions! Do you have any predictions? Agree with me on mine? Would love to hear your opinions in the comments!

Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Having just finished this magical tale I am in dire need of the third one. Why is March so far away 😭 I will console myself the only way I know- fangirl until March, flail when the third one is released and finally comfort myself with the end of the series three years after I’ve brought the book. So, on with the fangirling!

Legendary follows Tella, Scarlett’s formerly missing sister, as she tries to win Caravel to save her mother. But she soon discovers the cost of winning is a price she not willing to pay as the impossible choice she’s predicted to have comes to light: loose her mother or doom the empire she was just starting to fall in love with. Legendary will take the reader through twists and turns at every corner, no fact will be trustworthy and no plot point will be expected.

Stephanie Garber can be a master storyteller when she wants to be. Some of the descriptions or feelings read like poetry: described in such intricate and unusual detail that they add magic to this already very magical novel. But others feel rushed. Whole scenes pass by with no description at all, it can feel clogged up and hastily written, with clunky descriptions tacked on at the end. However for most of the exciting parts of the novel it reads beautifully and it was only really the beginning on the boat when I struggled with the clunky descriptions, I’d still say as a whole this book is very pretty to read and the descriptions are sparse enough to not draw out the text unnecessarily yet frequent enough to capture the reader in the world the author has created.

“The world had tasted like magic and starshine, like granted wishes and dreams come true, yet breath it all, death still coated Tella’s tongue”

Tella is the spunky heroin we are used to in YA but she has few abilities compared to many YA heroins. She shows you don’t need to be skilled with a weapon, good at fighting or have magical powers to be a strong female lead. She likes dresses and weaving flowers into her hair and boys yet clearly shows she can hold her own and make her way in the world, never really relying on anyone. These traits made her more relatable to me than many heroins and make her a very good narrator.

Furthermore, Tella’s character growth throughout the novel is an attestment to Garber’s writing. Like it did with her sister, Caravel tests Tella in ways she never expected and pushes her beyond her comfort in a way that only gives strength to her already firey character. Following her adventures the reader can see Tella learn more about herself as well as her surroundings and the mysterious men who surround her, learning to trust and love in a game designed to trap her.

His chuckle was dark. ‘I’m definitely not the hero.’

‘I already knew that,’ Tella said. ‘It’s my story, so clearly I’m the hero.

This novel is shrouded in mystery. I spent half the book itching to skip ahead and find out what’s going on- you’ll be relieved to know I didn’t. (Ok, maybe once but let’s not dwell on that). If you enjoyed the mystery of Caravel then it’s sequel will definitely take you for a ride, although, unlike Caravel, there’s no continued insistence that it’s a game. The plot has twists and turns a plenty and Tella’s exciting and seemingly impossible to solve predicaments will immediately draw any reader in.

One small disappointment in this otherwise excellent novel would be how little Scarlett’s character appears. As the main character of Caravel I was hoping to see her adaption to her new circumstances more. She clearly continues to develop throughout this novel: we occasionally see how she is growing from being her nervous, over protective self to be more free and accepting of new possibilities. But the reader can’t really track this progress or the events that lead up to it since her presence is dotted sparsely throughout the novel.

It would also have been nice to see the sisters’ relationship more, which again undergoes dramatic changes: Scarlett learning to trust her sister’s decision and Tella learning to really value that trust. A lot happens to their small family in this novel, given how much of it revolves around their mother, but Scarlett is so reserved about the situation that she doesn’t want to talk about it with Tella.

“She tried to smile then. She was finally the hero. All it had cost her was everything.”

However, these small hiccups aren’t really a problem and I did feel we had a lot of Tella’s opinions and schemes to progress the plot and provide background on their family and ever changing relationship.

Overall, this novel was excellent. Particularly once the game has begun, it’s captivating, enchanting and beautifully written. With a quick moving plot and untrustworthy narrative it makes for a great read.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Review: Caravel by Stefanie …

With the recent release of Legendary, the sequel, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and polish of Caravel- a novel that screams the enchantment of The Night Circus but is stuffed with more action, adventure and even more plot twists.

This circus-esque novel follows two sisters in their attempts to flee from their abusive father by entering a dangerous yet enchanting game- Caravel, a travelling circus where the main attraction is watching half the audience attempt to solve clues to win a prize. This years prize: a wish.

He’d heard every person gets one impossible wish—just one—if the person wants something more than anything, and they can find a bit of magic to help them along.

But when older sister Scarlett enters this mystical game, in the hope of winning the wish and escaping her abusive father, she soon finds the price for playing is higher than she realises and the game more deceptive than she thought.

Caravel is a light and easy to read YA fantasy that hooked me in from page one. With rumours and half truths flying left right and centre, all covered by the dazzle of Caravel, the book is well paced, intriguing and well written. I particularly enjoyed following our guarded main character, Scarlett, as she attempts to make sense of the game that has swallowed her plans and sent her future spiralling out of her grasp.

Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything”

The descriptions in Caravel are sparse and delicate, one of my few critisms I have of this novel. Each chapter is dotted with intricate detail, as I’d expected, from describing the buttons and bows that adorn Scarlett’s dresses to the strong perfumes of a potion stand. The writer included a lot of finer details to embellish the plotline.

But I was struggling to picture Caravel in all it’s glory. For a girl who has dreamed of visiting the game all her life, Scarlett does very little adventuring of her own. The reader doesn’t get elaborate descriptions of the circus or how others are playing, Scarlett only tries foods when she must and only explores what is required by the plot. The book felt a little short, it could have easily been bulked out with a few more descriptions of the glamouress Caravel and the unimaginable sights that were too often mentioned but not shown without detracting too much from the plot.

However, this is a minor detail. And although the lack of description of Caravel itself annoyed me a bit it does keep the plot quick and fast paced- a feat I know many readers would enjoy. It is gripping and what descriptions there are are certainly not lacking.

Every touch created colors she had never seen. Colors as soft as velvet and as sharp as sparks that turned into stars.

Caravel’s plot is as straight forward as the game the novel is named for. As Scarlett second guesses each and every half truth she is told so does the reader, and the confusing mixture of clues our protagonist receives are somewhat difficult to follow and even harder to spot. But with the insistence that Caravel is “only a game” and Scarlett’s tentative nature of second guessing each action or motive the twists and turns embellish a story that is clearly better explained than guessed.

“It’s better this way, sister. There’s more to life than staying safe…”

The sisterly bond between Tella and Scarlett was refreshing in YA. More often do characters act out of romantic love or spite in this genre and it was nice that this novel touched on a new motive. Although we do see Scarlett’s motherly nature towards Tella, a relationship similar to that of Katniss’s and Prim’s, we also see that they are friends and catch glimpses of their childhood where they played games and heard stories together. This adds a soft edge to Scarlett’s otherwise seemingly reserved and nervous character.

I would recommend Caravel to anyone looking for a short, fun read. It’s quick, enchanting, and like the circus, it’s over too quickly.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ /5

Let’s Compare Notes

Have you read Caravel? Do you agree with me? Have you ever read The Night Circus, or anything similar? Would love to hear from you in the comments section!