Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Posted January 30, 2017 by Christy || 3 Comments

Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 407
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

I honestly have no idea how to even begin to review this wonderfully written, pure magical, and gorgeous book.  I feel like no matter what  I say, it won’t be enough to do this book justice.

Caraval is everything I never knew I wanted in a fantasy book.  The enchanting world within these 400+ pages absolutely blew me away.  The world of Caraval is so imaginative and the author writes this world in such a way that you feel like you’re right there with Scarlett and it truly feels like you’re experiencing the game as well.

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett is told from the very beginning that it’s only a game and to be careful not to get too swept up in it, however, being swept up in this heart pounding mystery is easy to do when it’s your sister at stake.  Scarlett only has five nights of Caraal to find her sister, Tella, but it’s not easy as you can’t trust anything you see or anyone you meet.  It’s truly a mind game and some people go mad before the end, but in order to find her sister, Scarlett has to play.

Another thing that I loved about Caraval is the fact that it’s not just a story about a game.  It’s also a love story and a sibling story.  It’s a story about learning who you are and being okay with it.  It’s a story about learning to not just accept things, but to discover what you want and fight for it.  Basically, it’s a story that I won’t soon forget.

Caraval is an enchanting story of magic, love and mystery.  Trust me when I say it’s a book that you don’t want to miss.

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3 responses to “Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  1. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this, Christy! I liked it quite a bit, especially all the magical elements and the eerie atmosphere, but I wanted more from the characters. I’m looking forward to reading the next one though!

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