19 January 2017

Giving magical realism another chance? "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber


Caraval by Stephanie Garber has been hyped by other book bloggers and booktubers quiet a bit in the past weeks. The book looks gorgeous and sounds interesting, so I can understand the hype.

Once I read some details about the book I was quiet hesitant about giving it a chance, because magical realism is something I have struggled with in the past. All of the books I read that included magical realism made it hard for me to connect with the story, while reading I always felt like a stranger, somebody without any emotional connection to what was going on. And that happened to me from the first pages on with these stories.

I also struggled with believing in the magical worlds the authors created. That's why I was ready to remove "Caraval" from my wish list once I realized that magical realism would be part of the story. But somehow my interest in the book was stronger and I decided to download the chapter sampler.

A few days ago I finally read it and I enjoyed this excerpt of the book a lot. The world was fascinating, as were the characters, I want to know more about both. And I believe that Stephanie Garber might be able to make me enjoy elements of magical realism, at least that's what I'm hoping. So the book will stay on my wish list and I plan to buy it soon.

Do you like books with magical realism?

6 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of magical realism but I do find it's not always done right. I think the author who always springs to mind, for me, when it comes to magical realism is Cecelia Ahern. I adore her magical realism books, they just so charming and sweet. I haven't read as much magical realism in YA and I'm excited to read Caraval and see if it is as good. I think it's a genre that I want to explore more of, if I ever get around to it anyway.

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    1. Which of the books by Ahern would you recommend? I have read a book by her many years ago, but nothing in the last years.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I haven't read this book yet, but magical realism has been a hit or miss for me too! I've read the Night Circus before, which has the same premise as Caraval, and really enjoyed it so I'm definitely going to try this!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. I had some issues with "Night Circus", that's one of the reasons why I was so hesitant about "Caraval". I hope that we both will enjoy the book.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. The first thing I thought of when I read the description was The Night Circus. I didn't enjoy that book and although I love UF and PNR, I don't enjoy magical realism in general, so I would also be hesitant to read this book. I'll be very interested in what you think about it.

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  4. I agree with Becky, I think that sometimes magical realism isn't executed very well. In the past I've really enjoyed magical realism classics by authors like Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I've found that a lot of YA magical realism just don't cut it for me. I've heard lots of good things about this one though, so maybe it will be the one to break the cycle!

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