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Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Summary: 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.



I went through this book and I hate that because I couldn't really take my time and savor it like I wanted but it was so freaking good and I practically zoomed through this. The book blurb tells you exactly what the book is about. 

Caraval is a game and a dangerous game at that. Nothing is not what it seems. The whole aspect of it was entrancing. I felt like a player myself within the game. Its like a whole different world.

The characters were easy to connect with. Scarlet is the older sister that has taken on the role as the mother. Their mother abandoned them when they were younger and Scarlet feels like it is her responsibility to be there for Tella. She is the most logic one of the two and loves Tella very fiercely.  She would give up practically anything for her sister

I liked Julian as a character. He was full of humor and was the comical aspect for the story. I loved that he is bold and has wit. The romance between them was mild and you could tell how it was building at some point. 

The father? Was a complete vile man. The violence that he inflicted and the control he had was not justifiable. 

This does have a dark tone to it but it fit well for this book.

Rating 4 Stars

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