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...
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved 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 far-away, 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. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic 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.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.
Synposis from Indigo.ca
This book has basically been all over Instagram and Goodreads since it came out...which actually made me nervous to read it. I hate when there’s a lot of hype around a book because then there’s so much pressure to like it because everyone else does or my expectations are so high that the book can’t meet them.
So I’m happy I waited so long after this was released to read it because the hype died down and I could actually enjoy reading it. And enjoy I did. I can definitely see why Garber’s debut novel had everyone in love with it and I really enjoyed diving into it. So…
Why I Liked It So Much:
I had a really fun time reading “Caraval” and I’m so excited for “Legendary” to come out next year now that it’s been officially announced! This is definitely a situation where I almost wish I had waited longer to read the book so that there wouldn’t be such a long wait for the sequel, but I’m willing to put up with it because I enjoyed “Caraval” so much.
FINAL REVIEW: 4.5/5
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