Tricked into reading a romance

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

I feel as though I was tricked into reading a romance, and not a particularly well written romance at that. From the blurb I anticipated a strange and twisted fantasy with plenty of mystery and while there are elements of this, the focus of the story is an uninteresting and trope filled romance. There is one aspect of the book I love and it saved it for me. Scarlett experiences emotions as colours and the description Garber uses to explain this is extremely effective. A friend of mine has synthesthesia, which is exactly this condition, and so this part of the book resonated strongly with me and almost allowed me to forgive the romance. If you enjoy romance I’m sure you’ll get much more from this read than I did.