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407 pages, Hardcover
First published September 29, 2016
“It smelled like the middle of the night”
“He tasted like midnight and wind”
“Tella’s expression fell, like a doll Scarlett had dropped.”
“Something about him made her feel perilous shades of silky black.”
“The world tasted like lies and ashes when Scarlett woke.”
“Something acidic and moldy and burnt bubbled up through Scarlett’s throat - the taste of death.”
He had the sort of profile meant for sculptors and painters. Full lips, strong jaw, coal-dark eyes sheltered by thick, dark brows.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea.Ever since Scarlett was a child, she heard tales of the wonderful, mysterious and dangerous Caraval.
What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don’t let any of it trick you. We will try to convince you it’s real, but all of it is a performance. A world built of make-believe.Our lovely Scarlett believes everything - every single thing - that is said to her.
He tasted like midnight and wind, and shades of rich brown and light blue.And, even better:
It tasted like the moment before night gives birth to morning. It was like the end of one thing and the beginning of something else all wrapped up togetherSwoooooon.
❝Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world.❞
Our futures are only predictable because as creatures of this world we are predictable.
“It looked like a storybook come to life. She peered down at bright pointy rooftops, moss-covered towers, gingerbread cottages, gleaming gold bridges, blue-brick streets, and bubbling fountains, all lit by candled lamps that hung everywhere, giving an appearance of time that was neither day nor night.”
“People think no one sees all the nasty things they do in the dark. The foul acts they commit, or the lies they tell as part of the game. Caraval takes place at night because you like to watch, and see what people do when they think there are no consequences.”
❝ Remember, it's only a game. ❞
❝ Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything. ❞
❝ Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find yourself magic in this world.❞
“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world."
"Remember, it's only a game..."
“Perfomances blending fantasy with reality in a way the world had never witnessed. But she also warned that wishes come with costs, and the more he performed, the more he would transform into whatever roles he played. If he acted the part of villain, he’d become one in truth.”
“How do you know that?” Scarlett asked.
Julian flashed a wicked smile. “I know because I’ve played before.” He pushed away from the fountain.
“Legend laughed and wrapped both hands around her waist. “I didn’t invite you here to watch, precious.” His mouth moved closer to hers, as if he was about to kiss her. “I want you to play the game,” he whispered.
Then he threw her off the balcony.”