Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Posted May 10, 2017 by Laura Mauro in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review: Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover
Source: Own
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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.


This book was a slow burn but I really enjoy it. I loved how the world building in this world was super complicated but also very easy to understand. It was also a very fast pace mystery that made me not want to put the book down. I really liked the main character and her adventure in this book.  The book was very strong book 1 in the series that teased many things for book two. The romance was a slow burn and I enjoy that as well and hope to see more of them in book 2.


Hope you will check it out.

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