Caraval Book Review

March 5, 2018 / 0 comments

Caraval Book ReviewCaraval by Stephanie Garber
Published by Macmillan on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Remember, it’s only a game…

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

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Angie’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in one sitting. From the characters to the words. I fell in love with each and every little thing this book offered. I was not disappointed.

This story is about two sisters, Tella and Scarlett. The love these two have for each other has no bounds, especially for Scarlett. She will do anything for her. Their life from childhood to teenagers has been a constant looking over their shoulder or in Scarlett’s case living in fear. Tella will do anything to escape the wrath of their father. Scarlett will do anything not to anger him.

When Scarlett finally hears back from Master Legend and receives tickets to join in the festivities at Caraval, she knows there’s no way they can go but Tella has other plans. I love the relationship between these two even though it did seem one-sided at times there was always love there. One didn’t do something without keeping the other in mind and I loved that. I loved watching Scarlett grow and become someone who lived with so much fear to someone you admired.

Caraval is a beautiful book of magic, intrigue, twist, and turns, plots you never saw coming and friendship in the unlikely circumstances. Stephanie weaved a book so beautifully told that you don’t want it to end. I can’t wait for Legendary!

The Verdict:


About Stephanie Garber

I’m the international and New York Times bestselling author of Caraval.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.

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