Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Review: I love it! I also love the UK version too! It’s perfect just in general!
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 . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
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.
So 2017 is starting off with a bang. Even though I got an advance reader copy of this book, as soon as I finished it, I preordered this book. No joke, it’s that good. It grabs you from the start and holds absolutely everything I love in a story and Garber made it even better. At then end I just held the book to my chest and sighed with content and desire to reread it and get my hands on book two.
Welcome to Caraval where the players get to participate in the game…. Here it’s a game, not a competition, beware what you see and believe for some have been driven mad when they get so involved they lose their sense of reality… it tis but a treacherous game, and if you win-you get a wish if you don’t…well that’s where things get a little messy.
Oh the author is good, too good at getting the reader so involved that even you question what’s real and what’s just part of the game.
I absolutely love the era Garber chose for this, this has always been my favorite era. I love the fashion, the manners, and all that it’s so beautiful and colorful I just love it, another win with this book. HOWEVER, this book does not take place in real time-what I mean is although it’s the era of 1850s+ it’s not on any continent I’ve ever heard of which makes this story even more magical and mystical.
The story is of a girl named Scarlett and she’s always loved the idea of Caraval-a traveling circus where the audience gets to participate. It’s a once in a life-time opportunity and she yearns to be a part of it. When tickets arrive for Scarlett and her sister to join Caraval she knows they can’t go because Scarlett is set to marry a Count she has never met only exchanged letters with in hopes of saving herself and her sister from the brutal cruelty of their father. Scarlett is all sensible and no non-sense while her sister Tella is all about getting that little escape from reality no matter the cost.
When Tell and Scarlett are both kidnapped Scarlett must play the game of Caraval and win in order to save her sister. I absolutely love the fact that Scarlett constantly loses in this book, she isn’t the heroine who wins all without any hardship or the conquering hero. No, she fails and fails and fails to the point where I was like….dude is she ever gonna get a win? HA! that’s the twist of it all and I don’t want to spoil it for you. so I will say no more. I so appreciate that nothing, absolutely nothing came easy to anybody in this book.
The world of Caraval was so fascinating and I found myself completely enthralled with all of it, absolutely all of it. The imagination that went into this story was breathtaking in the sense of creative. I loved seeing it in my mind and found it to be utterly fascinating.
Overall, this book was perfect. The romance was not what I was expecting and I appreciate that SO MUCH. I loved all the characters, the brutality of the game, Scarletts father, and other players involved in this story. I cannot wait to see what more this author has up her sleeve.
Sexual Content: moderate