Saturday, 28 January 2017

I-dan't have many complaints // Ida Review (Terrible pun but great book)

I really wish I could time travel back to the moment I got an email from Bonnier asking me if I'd be interested in reviewing IDA and take a picture because I was so excited.

This book didn't disappoint either!

Ida by Alison Evans
Published by Bonnier 
Published in January 2017
Aus RRP: $19.99
YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? 

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. 

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

Thankyou SO much to Bonnier for sending me this book for review! However, this does not effect my opinion of this novel.

THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK as per usual I have lost where to start with this sooo.... SETTING & CONCEPT

It's in Melbourne. Which I love! I had been to a heap of the places in this book and there's always a certain relatability when you read a book set in a place you know so well. Also when an author adds a whole new fantasy aspect.  This book features parallel universes. Which is one of my favourite concepts EVERRRR! Although towards the start of this book HOW the main character is able to time-travel & move into different universes can be confusing and baffling you begin to understand the unique way in which the main character moves through time. The author includes certain adjectives and a specific description that is always reverted back to when the main character travels! 
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The characters in this book are beautiful & wonderfully diverse. 

Ida is an amazing main character. She's bisexual and also biracial, her Father being German-Australian and her Mother, Vietnamese. Ida's personality shone through the author's writing and I loved her tea-addicted self. Ida's girlfriend, Daisy is gender-queer and the uses the pronouns they/them. I would have to say that I think Daisy was my favourite character in the book. They are adorable, I absoloutley loved how much they like art. They're such a supportive girlfriend. Argh Daisy was just amazing. 

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The perspectives jump between Ida & Damaris. Damaris is a character who can walk among all of the universes Ida creates. Damaris is also gender-fluid (but uses she/her) and was ageless, I'm pretty sure?? I really liked Damaris, but I would've liked more of an explanation in the book of what her job was!
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What I love aswell about Ida is that it's a #ownvoices novel. The author Alison Evans is genderqueer! They are so lovely aswell, the writing in this novel was also really great!

Bits & Bobs: 

  • This book is a really short, quick read! Perfect to take away on holidays if you are looking for a great, quick, fantasy which won't put you over your luggage weight and will be easy to fit in.

Have you read Ida? WHAT DID YOU THINK?! Also do you love novels based in Melbourne like me? ALSO ARE YOU A FAN OF A PARALLEL UNIVERSE?!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

That's right, I'm FINALLY doing a post for the JuliaReadsHarryPotter tag + ALL THE HP GIFFFSSSS!

You know when I told you that for every Harry Potter book I read I would write a post under the tag JuliaReadsHarryPotter? I lied. I'm very sorry about it too! I expected that I would be reading one Harry Potter book a month so I could keep up to date with everything but since the first few books are a lot shorter than the last ones I read the first two in December and the third in early Jan and I couldn't keep up with posts. 

I know #Juliaisadisgraceofabookblogger2k17 (Minor spoiler: IT'S TRENDING here at Picnic Reads)

I am so sorry I took so long!

BUT to make up for it I've decided to do two things:

1. THIS POST! I've made a list of all the things I have loved so far in the three Harry Potter books I have read! So this will catch you all up to date with where I am! 

2. I'm not going to "review" the other books as I really want to keep my posts spoiler free especially as I'm trying to encourage people like myself who haven't yet read Harry Potter to read it. I know very well that's it's very hard to find spoiler-free reviews of these books! Instead I will be posting something like this for EACH of the next books I read! Which are much bigger so I they will be monthly reads.

SO, to catch you up to date the books I have read:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: Goodreads Rating
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Goodreads Rating
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Goodreads Rating

For updates WHILST I am reading these books, please feel free to friend me on Goodreads @ picnicreads

ALSO YAY for finally being able to use the JuliaReadsHarryPotterTag! 
By the way: this list is really random and has no particular order whatsoever! (You probably expected that anyway) 

1. Will I ever be able to go on a hippogriff-riding lesson? 

So if the description of these beautiful, mythical creatures wasn't enough THE IMAGES ONLINE are just *heart eyed emoji* Buckbeak (a hippogriff featured prominently in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) In the book Hippogriffs are described to be: 

"Half horse, half eagle creatures, immensely proud and extremely dangerous."

There is a whole wonder-filled page all about these darling hippogriffs which I found when researching for this post! There's even a gorgeous illustration from Hagrid's lesson with Harry's class when they first met hippogriffs (click here for that post)! I highly recommend you look at some illustrations of them because they are stunning

THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, and even though they're dangerous and I'd probably get kicked off I'd just love to see them (RIDING them would be even better though!)
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2. So where's Hogwarts? I want to enroll.

AND I KNOW I KNOW, Hogwarts sends a letter to you if you are to be accepted but just imagine if Hogwarts weren't just a school on the page. I seriously want to get in. Not only are the Hogwarts grounds AMAZING and the building itself INCREDIBLE but the classes and the teachers sound like SO MUCH FUN. Defence Against Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Potions?! What's not to like? I'd rather take those subjects than the ones I do now! 

All of the kids are complaining about having to go to a subject and I'm just like "I'LL DO TRANSFIGURATION IF YOU DO MY MATHS CLASS"

I'll admit I would be terrified of Snape in real life, but in the books he is absoloutley hilarious! All of the teachers are so great in Harry Potter! 
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3. What channel is the Quidditch on?

And because I can't explain it myself, Pottermore has an excellent post on what Quidditch is if you don't know but seriously, where can I watch these matches? More importantly where can I play (I would be terrible but there's always hope, right?) Wouldn't it just be amazing to watch Quidditch matches in a massive arena just looking up at everyone above you (I'd sit on the very very top tier!) Also they get really intense #nospoilers though.

Channel 7 get on to Quidditch. 

I remember when I was in Primary School one lesson we played a version of Quidditch. Of course at the time I was a muggle so I didn't really get that it was from a book until our teacher explained it. I can't remember what we used, but we had broomsticks....ahhh if only I had read Harry Potter then because I would love that now. 
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4. I need directions to Diagon Alley, please

Diagon Alley is basically the centre of the wizard world in London. It is hidden from the muggle (or human) world. Harry & his friends all go there to collect school supplies. Although Diagon Alley features in all three of the books I have read, it is most prominent in Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone, when Harry first goes there. I honestly want to get there so bad & BUY EVERYTHING! They sell, wands, school books, robes basically everything you will ever need. PLUS: ALL THE SHOPS HAVE REALLY GREAT NAMES LIKE, Flourish & Blotts and The Leaky Cauldron

Here is an image of my favourite illustration of Diagon Alley: 
Image credit: Harry Potter Wikia

THIS is what I imagine Diagon Alley to look like ^

When looking for the above image GUESS WHAT CAME UP?! 
AND EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T A RECREATION OF THE HARRY POTTER ALLEY there is an alley named Diagon Alley in Melbourne and I need to go there asap.

5. I WANT TO HAVE MAGIC & CAST SPELLS....I think I'm a muggle born wizard.

I LOVVVVEEEEEE all of the spells, potions & magic and how it all works. It's so great to be able to actually read about spells and what they do and how they work and then you here people refer to them online and I can finally say 'I UNDERSTAND THAT IT MEANS TO *insert spell's purpose here*' Also all of the concoctions they have to make up in potions, all of the INGREDIENTS! It amazes me how well thought out all of the magic in this world is. 


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Plus, I can say them all to my muggle family and they look at me like I'm crazy kind of like what Harry does to the Vernons.
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6. What it would be like to meet Harry's best friends: Ron & Hermoine.

WHAT WOULD I SAY?! These three are the ultimate squad and they work so well together. They are basically unstoppable! I would be reduced to a babbling mess if I ever met Hermoine, I just know it. All of them are so brave and loyal and JUST I love them. I don't know what to say about them without mentioning SPECIFIC SPOILERY details so let me just say that these three are absoloutley brilliant.
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I mean look at this ^ The synchronisation, they're the dream team.

7. My interpretation of the phrase 'long term friendship' was taken to whole new levels with Dumbledore & Hagrid
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Ok so I love these two separately as well. Hagrid is absoloutley hilarious and such a KIND SOUL for such a big man. I love his love of magic creatures HE HAS SUCH A NURTURING NATURE! He is a geniune friend to Harry, Hermoine and Ron. He even sends Harry birthday presents!! How cute's that? And he loves Dragons tooo...... Dumbledore is just amazing aswell. I love how he stands up for what is right, he's understanding & always supports Harry and Hagrid and his pupils. He is an excellent Headmaster and definitely a favourite character of mine! He's kind of mischievous too, supports all of Harry's little endeavours (MOST CERTAINLY in book three) Their friendship together though... I love how long they've been friends and how Dumbledore always supports Hagrid when he get's in to trouble, even when Dumbledore could get in to danger because of it!
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Look at those two gifs. Both so friendly and polite clapping!

8. When will we be able to make magical candy? 

YES YES THERE IS A MAGICAL CANDY SHOP (in book three) I'll leave all the treats in there for you to find out yourself, all I can say is that I AM HUNGRY and need magical candy right now. Of course there is also the famous butterbeer which I really want to taste. BUT ACTUAL MAGICAL FOOD....can you imagine (#hamiltonreference) when will we be able to make Harry Potter level candy?? Also I feel very un-Australian right now saying 'candy' it doesn't feel right. LOLLIES. LOLLIES.LOLLIES.
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9. Can someone please direct me to Platform 9 3/4 I'm lost?
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10. Oh yeah and then there's this kid called Harry...I mean he's alright but.....

JOKING, I love Harry. He's a fearless main character and he's a very supportive best friend to Hermoine and Ron. He's a hard one to talk about in non spoilery terms, but he's a really great main character. I can't wait for the later books when he is older, at the moment, I still feel as though Harry is pretty young! I think when he's older things will get even more interesting than they already are. Also, it will be great to have Harry around an older teen age as it will be really interesting to see how he changes from a child to a young adult. I feel like I've just started to get to know Harry. I barely know him at all. But I'm excited to continue on his adventures in the next books!

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Let me know, when did you read Harry Potter? Do you want to ride a hippogriff with me because it's cheaper to ride in a group? Also thoughts on whether the first few books or the end books are the best? 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Dystopian Australia, Laws & Rights in Ora's Gold Review

This book is short, sharp and I really enjoyed it. Plus awesome setting alert. AUSTRALIA, buttttt DYSTOPIAN AUSTRALIA.

Ora's GoldOra's Gold by Charlotte Young
Published by Buddy Iris
Published in August 2017
YA Dystopian

Australia is ruled by the SIF. The Special Investigation Force controls everything. Water, food, fuel … women’s bodies. 18-year-old Ora has never questioned their authority; everyone knows it’s all for the ‘safety of the nation’. But Ora’s decision to move in with her aunt is a bad one. She’s just landed herself in the middle of nowhere with a deluded activist who wants to change the world, one illegal birth at a time. Sooner or later someone is going to die and Ora doesn’t know where to turn. The beach is her only sanctuary and it’s here that she meets Jake, thoughtful and experienced, who encourages her to live a little. So why is it that as soon as she starts to have some fun, everything goes dangerously wrong?

Thankyou SO much to Charlotte Young for sending me this book for review! However, this does not effect my opinion of this novel.

This book may be short but it packs a lot in to it's pages. Probably my favourite thing about this book is the unique setting. Something very rare, in fact I haven't seen it anywhere else. Dystopian Australia! Someone tell me why isn't this done more?! It's such a good idea, and Charlotte did this setting so well in her book. It was very well explained and there's just something so great about reading a book set in where YOU LIVE's future. 

Ora's Gold is one of those books that leave you pondering what Australia will be like the in future. 

The concept of the SIF was another well-thought out addition to this dystopian narrative. The SIF are a task force who control everything. Something that really struck me was how the SIF controlled food and water and when Ora received her rations she often commented on how it tasted "synthetic" which I thought was a very interesting thing to say, considering how popular synthetic foods are in the world today. The SIF's rules are also very clearly stated and reiterated many times and the reader can see from the perspective of Ora how strict the SIF are with the laws. Seeing this all through a teens eyes, I could imagine what it would feel like to have a Government as strict as this.

Ora was a good main character. I didn't love her. Sometimes she could get a bit whiny and overall just someone I didn't care to read about. She was a stubborn "my way or the highway" kind of character. I'm not saying that she was absoloutley terrible, not at all, it's just sometimes she could be a bit annoying. But I can see where she was coming from. She's a teenager, and she has a VERY tough life. But I always find it a lot harder to connect with characters who are always complaining.

This book also addresses womens rights particularly when having children. In Ora's world, women must have their babies in centres, where the Mother's often come back feeling nothing like themselves. It was horrible reading about a world where women didn't have a choice about where or how they had their baby. These sorts of decisions should belong to the Mother and Father alone never the Government. The SIF believe that women should have them in centres so that the mother and child are safe, but often the Mother would be better off outside of the SIF centres, where no one knows what the medical staff do to the children. This book also talks about the difference between keeping someone safe and taking away their freedom, a very important discussion especially with this dystopian Australia and the SIF. 

Bits & Bobs:
  • I didn't love the romance in this book. It all just felt a bit too forced.
  • I really liked Ora's love of the beach and swimming. 
  • I enjoyed how Charlotte portrayed the media in this book. It was interesting to read about how the media worked in this dystopian setting, unafraid of stepping out of line, challenging the SIF and doing whatever it takes for a good story.
Although I had a few complaints, Ora's Gold is a short, enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy reading dystopian novels. 

Thankyou so much again to Charlotte for sending me a copy of your book!

Tell me, do you want more dystopian Australia books? Have you read Ora's Gold, what did you think of it?Also, do the SIF terrify you, as much as they did me.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

TSAR'S GUARD SPOTLIGHT TOUR // Character Based Book Tag

I have been lucky enough to be selected for Tsar's Guard Spotlight Tour which is being run by the brilliant, Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

This is a blog tour to celebrate The Crown's Fate, the second book in The Crown's Game duology! 

If you haven't seen my review of the first book, you can click here to see that!

Some information on the book & author: 

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 16th, 2016 by Balzer + Bray

The gorgeous and darkly compelling sequel to The Crown’s Game—perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone.

Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

About the author:

Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN’S GAME (out now!) and THE CROWN’S FATE (May 16, 2017). She was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When Evelyn isn’t writing, she can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies.

As part of this wonderful tour, I have created a character based book tag! This tag features all of the characters in The Crown's Game (which character descriptions can be found on Evelyn's website, where she has a page for character profiles, which was fun to look at) For each of the ten main characters in The Crowns Game I have created a character-based question, to do specifically to the character! I have made some graphics to go along with all of the questions, and if you would like to complete the book tag please feel free to use them!

*I haven't read The Crown's Fate yet, as ARCs in Australia are not yet available, I cannot confirm that all of these characters will be in The Crown's Fate, but the majority will.*

All of the questions are written in a large size and my answers will be in normal size bold.

Question 1:
Vika is a master when it comes to controlling the elements. If you could choose one element to control, which one would it be & why?

This is a hard decision but I think I would have to choose water. Mainly because I love the ocean, and the rain. It would just be amazing to be able to control something that is liquid. Especially if I could sculpt it in to something beautiful. This power could also mean being able to source or find water anywhere, which could be very useful if I were to get lost!

Question 2:
If you could choose between Nikolai's two best magical talents, manipulating mechanics or tailoring clothing, which would you choose and why?

As tempting as tailoring clothing is, I would have to say manipulating mechanics. Because fixing things would be so much easier, you wouldn't have to mess around with different cogs and gears you could just magically fix whatever it was that wasn't working. Like if your car broke down, manipulating metal would be an excellent skill to have.

Question 3:
Pasha happens to be the Tsesarevich (The Crown Prince.) Being a Prince can be stressful, Pasha loves to read, recommend him a book fit for a prince! (You might want to keep in mind that he loves archery) 

I think that Pasha would absoloutley love The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner! I think that he would enjoy reading sci-fi novels, perhaps for a break from the reality of his responsibilities as a Prince and appreciate all of the action and banter these books have to offer. Also, Pasha seems to me like he would enjoy the shipping characters, so these books would be great for him. I get the feeling he'd like this Squad aswell.

Question 4:
Sergei thinks that nature is it's own version of magic. Name a natural place you've been to/want to go to that makes you believe Sergei's theory is correct.

Question 5:
Galina comes from a long line of mentors, who work tirelessly to help Enchanters work on their skills. If you were a mentor, what would your top tip be for your Enchanter on how to win the Game?

Try and be as unique as possible! Do something that will stand out, catch the eye and make passers-by stop in awe. Create something beautiful with your magic, that has never been seen before and couldn't be without magic.

Question 6:
Yuliana takes her role of Grand Princess very seriously and loves to involve herself in political affairs. She is very intelligent, but not very fun, in stark contrast to her brother Pasha. If you could choose, who would you crown as the ruler of this Empire, Pasha or Yuliana?

Pasha. I know Yuliana would be an excellent ruler of the Crown for many reasons, but I would just love to see how this world develops when Pasha is ruler and how he would change things. 

Question 7:
An incredible baker, if you could ask Ludmila to make you anything (from the book or a recipe you like to make) what would you choose?

Ludmila makes caramel several times in this book for different things, and it sounds DELICIOUS. If I could ask Ludmila to make me anything, I would ask her to make her famous caramel, and hopefully take home several jars of it to give to family and friends.

Question 8:
Would you rather have Renata read your tea leaves or be taught how to read tea leaves?

I'd rather be taught how to read tea leaves. 1) Because that would just be amazing! To be able to read people's futures from TEA LEAVES, I would love that, I know I would use that as a party trick, I would go and read whoever I could's tea leaves. 2) Because I don't want to know what is going to happen in the future (especially if it's bad!!) I'll experience it when I come to it, I don't want to know in advance.

Question 9:
Never be able to eat your favourite food for a month or meet face to face with Aizhana?

I'm sorry but I'm going to have to give up my favourite food for a month. Aizhana is terrifying, and I don't know if I could handle seeing her but also her smell (which is described alike to rot) 

Question 10:
If you could have The Tsar do one thing on your request, what would you have him do?

I would ask him to build a bookshop next to Ludmila's bakery. Books, food, magic. Perfect combination.

I TAG (Some people I know liked & have read The Crowns Game)MandsAnishaJananeeCait  and anyone who wants to complete this tag! Let me know if you do!

Thankyou so much to Brittany for hosting this blog tour.

The tour runs through January and February and all of the blogs participating and what they are posting can be found here! 

I recommend looking at what everyone is doing, this tour has some amazing posts going up!

As part of the tour, there is also a Rafflecopter giveaway for A Crown's Fate ARC, which if you are interested in this (which YES who doesn't want an ARC?! Especially for this amazing book!) you can enter below. 

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Tell me, have you read The Crown's Game? Did you like it? Are you excited for The Crown's Fate?! WOW that was a long post! *Hug if you made it to the end*

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A review of the magic & mystery that is Caraval + Quiz

First book of 2017 and we're off to an amazing start. Caraval was one of my most anticipated releases for this year and it did not disappoint. I must admit, I do love dark circusy books (if you have any recs for me please comment them) and this book was richly dark and decadent kind of like chocolate cake.  

At the end of this post, I have made a quiz about the book! For those who haven't read the book, which will be a lot since the book hasn't yet published, there are three main groups of people in Caraval, players, watchers and performers. This is all non spoiler


Players= Play the game for the prize.
Watchers= Watch the game, relax, looking around Caraval and observing the magic.
Performers= Those who work in Caraval. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 
Published by Hachette Australia
Imprint is Hodder & Stoughton
Published in January 2017
Aus RRP: $24.99
YA Fantasy

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

Thankyou SO much to Hachette Australia for sending me this book for review! However, this does not effect my opinion of this novel.

Caraval well where do I even begin. Perhaps I will start off by talking about the concept, which was what drew me in originally to this book. A magical show, where there are audience participants, I'm sold. I loved the idea of Caraval being a world basically inside of a building. The concept of being able to participate in the performance drew me in. The two different ways you could participate in the game by playing in it or watching. The setting is beautifully described and easy to understand. It includes a beautiful map, and Stephanie's writing perfectly explains where everything that you need to know is. 
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The Caraval world is one I would be happy to read about forever. There were many intricate details I loved about it. I loved the colourful shops, I loved that you pay for things with a secret or a fear, I really liked the canals and the names of the stores.  I also found it fun to read what the people who performed in the game said because it was always in riddles. 

I was also very excited to read this book because I like to read books about sisters! I have a sister, and I do enjoy reading books, that portray sisterhood. The main character Scarlett, is the eldest sister (Like myself) and although sometimes she could get on your nerves, I could understand where she was coming from. The instinct to protect your sister at all costs, and having to battle conflicting emotions for her sisters safety. For example, in Caraval, Scarlett must decide whether or not she and her sister should travel to Caraval, which had been her childhood dream. Her emotions differed from wanting to go so badly because she had waited so long for the opportunity (which she would have to sneak away from her Father) or keeping her sister and herself safe at home, where they wouldn't have to risk their Father's wrath if he found out they had left. Over the course of the book, Scarlett visibly develops, and begins to take more and more risks although she always, always keeps Tella (her sister) in her mind. She is a very level-headed character who will always add up the pros and cons of every situation, a skill that helps her enormously in Caraval. 

At the start of the book, Scarlett might be thinking about whether to go to character and you might be screaming: 

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But towards the end of the book, when she weighs up a REALLY DIFFICULT (and trust me when I say the choices get difficult at the end of the book) decision you will be like: 
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Tella is reckless. She doesn't think about the consequences to her decisions, or the way it effects her sister. This also brings up many discussions in the book about loving someone more than they love you, which Scarlett believes is what is between her and her sister. These discussions were quite interesting and something I hadn't really considered before. It is easy to assume that love is always equal, from both sides, but more often than not it isn't. As irritating as Tella's rash behaviour is it get's Scarlett in to some very interesting situations (that if I were Tella's older sister would've infuriated me) but in this book the experiences Scarlett has because of what Tella has done helps her to develop herself as a character. 

Scarlett's love for Tella is a beautiful thing to read. No matter what Tella does, Scarlett's anger or annoyance will always gradually wear off, whatever the situation.  This is something I'm sure we can all relate to, a sibling/family member close to us annoying us (perhaps playing music whilst you're trying to read) of which you are angry at them for a while but eventually your love for them always wins against annoyance. Of course Tella does much worse than music which means a lot coming from me because I reallllyyyy don't like people playing music whilst I read. 

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Stephanie's writing in this book is absoloutley beautiful. Full of descriptions, can writing be rich?  Kind of like if a chocolate cake could write. I saw someone describe this book as 'decadent' and I couldn't agree more. Stephanie manages to include detailed descriptions in one to two sentences.  The metaphors and similes are just *insert heart eyed emoji*

Bits & Bobs: 
  • I love that Scarlett describes emotions as colours. Use of words such as 'hues' or 'shades' She attaches colours to the emotions she feels and it is another aspect of this book that I really, really liked.
  • SOOOO many foodie descriptions. I LOVED THEM. Also magical waffles and drinks that taste like marshmallows and warmth!??! 
  • JULIAN AND AIKO two awesome characters that I don't want to give away too much about because the book hasn't published yet but I really liked these supporting characters! Julian was more a main character but I want to leave him as a surprise.
  • Tiny critique: I loved the plot twist and ending, but I felt as though it was a bit rushed! I would've loved it to have slowed down a bit, I understand that endings need to have pace, but this one went a bit too quickly and it was a bit hard to catch up on everything that happened. 
  • HAPPY NEWS: It's a duology!!!! I can't wait for the next book!!

So in celebration of this book, I want to know would you be a player, watcher or a performer in Caraval? I made a little quiz with 10 questions below, there are no spoilers so if you haven't read the book you can take it and find out what I would classify you as, beforehand.

*Note* This quiz was made by me, so it's not really "offical" it's just when you select all of your answers, I would classify you under as a reader
Let me know, have you read this book? Are you excited for it? Also, are you a player, watcher or performer?