Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber ★★

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“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality…”

Well, that is true. The reality definitely differs from everything I’ve heard about this book. And that reality is??measly stars. Ohhhh man, was I excited about this one! I mean, look at that cover; it’s flippin gorgeous. I was immediately intrigued by this one, both for the cover and the synopsis. I read the 3 chapter preview of Caraval right when that was released and then I waited very impatiently for the actual book to come out. Once it did and I got my hands on it? Well, sadly, I was pretty dang disappointed. I was so upset, because I wanted to LOVE this book, but….I don’t know. Something was definitely lacking for me.

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Thoughts on blog structure

So, I have been debating on how I want to actually organize and structure this blog. I think I have decided that I will start off with some more recent reviews/book discussions and then maybe have some throwback posts, as well. There are so many books, both YA and not, that I have read over the past couple years that I would love to discuss. Hopefully, that works well and I mayyyy be trying out some video booktalks, as well, but no promises there. I am extremely unnatural in front of the camera :[ IF that happens, I will most likely link to a youtube channel for those. For now, stay tuned for some talk on some of my recent reads and let me know what you guys think!


Starting a Blog?

So, I figured that my first post ought to be the reason why I decided to start doing this. Maybe? I don’t know, I’m new to blogging! I just started thinking recently about all of the things I never get to say, especially about books. I used to have a circle of friends that read the same things (for the most part) as I did, I used to live at home where I could subject my parents or my siblings to hours of gushing over the books I was reading (sorry, guys), and I used to be in school, where I was graded on what I had to say about the books I was reading. But now, now that I live away from home and have graduated college, I find myself missing that ability to delve into a novel and give my opinion. Now, I mostly just read with my cat in my lap or my dog laying next to me. And, honestly, they are great reading companions! But, at my ripe old age of 24, I have decided I might give this blogging, booktubing, reviewing thing a try. I am not sure what I expect from all of this, but I know that it will do my soul well to have a structured, routine book discussion in my life again. Not just the occasional Goodreads review. I am excited to start!

As far as the schedule or actual organization of this blog, I am not quite sure what I am going to do yet. I suppose I will figure it out along the way! I have a ton of books that I have read or want to read that I would love to discuss with you guys. Maybe I will start with a more recent read and then maybe a flashback read? Maybe I will bring some of my own (underdeveloped) writing into the mix? The possibilities are numerous and, most excitingly, up to me. I just hope that I can put my voice out there and maybe get some input from all of you, as well.

I would, also, like to preface everything by stating that everything I write or say is my own opinion. Sometimes I may get harsh with it, don’t get me wrong! But, in the end, please know that I am not out to offend anyone and differing opinions on books is one of the most beautiful things about them. We can all read the same book and each take something completely different from it, when we reach that last page.

Thank you all for checking out my new blog, being patient as I learn, and loving books as much as I do!

~ Chelsi