I read Caraval back when it was released but I never ended up posting my review on my blog, so here it is!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
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.
Caraval is eerily enchanting and wonderfully whimsical, this book swept me up with its enticing magic and fancifulness!
As soon as we arrived on the magical island I was instantly entranced by the detailed descriptions of the place. Stephanie has an unbelievable way with words, as she whisks you up and places you in the heart of the story. I could distinctly visualise the mythical island and feel the magic in the air. The in-depth descriptions is what really brought Caraval and the story to life.
Caraval focuses strongly on sisterly love and Stephanie really emphasised the incredible importance of this unbreakable bond. It was wonderful seeing Scarlet’s undying love for her sister, it was something so special and precious to witness.
The narrative of this story is fabulously unique and kept me on the edge of my seat with the various twists and turns. The ending is something I never would’ve been able to pick out from the beginning, which I love!
Overall, this book wrapped me up in its world of magic and it was a spellbinding ride. I also highly recommend the audiobook for Caraval, it is equally enchanting. I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie writes!
“His steady gaze was even softer than his voice. It reached out to the broken parts of her like a caress. The type of touch that moves through damaged flesh, past fractured bones and into a person’s wounded soul.”