Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This is a novel that I had heard a lot of good things about, and with the desire for something different, I gladly threw myself into the story and I must say that I didn’t expect to be so carried away. Yes, because I loved the story and I can’t wait to read the sequel now!

Scarlett and her sister Donatella dream of a new life, a life away from their tyrannical father who doesn’t hesitate to punish them in the worst possible way. But ever since they were little, the two girls have dreamed of taking part in the Caraval game and this year the girls are receiving invitations. Problem? It’s on another island and Scarlett knows full well that their father will never let them go and that the punishment could be terrible. Finally arriving at the game without consequences, Donatella has disappeared and only Julian, the boy who brought them, is here as well as Scarlett who is ready to do anything to find her sister.

It was an original novel and I know how hard it is to find something like that. I have to say that I got carried away by the story and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. When lies, pretences, and games get mixed up, it’s hard to tell the difference between true and false.

Yes, it was a great novel and I loved following Scarlett and seeing all her devotion to saving her sister, as well as realizing that not everything she wanted out of life was so pretty. Yes, a very good novel!

12 thoughts on “Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this one for quite a while now, but I still have to grab it . . . I’ll have to, though! I’m very glad to hear you loved it, it seems like everyone I know truly enjoyed it, so I’m particularly curious!

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