Caraval by Stephanie Garber is so different from anything I have ever read. It is hard to describe this book since it is so complex, but basically, it is about a girl who must save her sister by completing the game of Caraval. I loved the sisterly bond between Tella and Scarlett and how they would do anything to protect each other. I also really enjoyed the scavenger hunt-like elements in the book and all the challenges that Scarlett must face. There are so many layers that really make the story come to life, something that can be difficult in novels like this one.
Series: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
❀ Ideal Main Character
Scarlett is the ideal main character for Caraval. She is so intelligent and able to solve each puzzle so quickly. If I were in Caraval, I would definitely be out by the first night. Scarlett is also so compassionate and really only does things for other people. She is so determined to win the game and save her sister and is so sweet. This girl also knows how to get what she wants, which was actually pretty funny at times.
❀ Beautiful Setting
One of my favourite things about this amazing fantasy book is the beautiful setting. While the ARC that I have doesn’t include a map, I really felt like I knew this world. Stephanie Garber has honestly thought of everything, even the way time works on the island. Her descriptive writing style makes the world believable and will make the reader feel as if they are in the game as well. The world of Caraval is definitely among my favourites.
❀ A Complex Story
Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a complex story about a mysterious game with a main character who is selfless and intelligent. The setting is so vivid and makes the whole story even more believable. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!
21 thoughts on “Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber”
It sounds amazing! I can’t wait. I am even more excited now I know there’s a scavenger hunt. Great review as always.
Thanks, Sue! I think that this is one that you will really enjoy! 🙂
What a great review! I’ve been curious about this book and your praise has me wanting to read it.
You are really going to love this one! <3
So many amazing reviews for this book so far…I don’t think I’ve seen a negative one yet! I just got an ARC of it, and I’m so excited to dive in! I’m so happy to hear that the world in this book is beautiful – I love world building, and it’s one of my favorite part of novels such as this! Your review has really made me want to start this like right now!
Yay! I have a pretty good feeling that you will love it, too! I look forward to reading your review. 🙂
I entered your January 2017 new release giveaway because girl, I NEED THIS BOOK ♥ Seriously, I read nothing but amazing reviews, and I just want to devour it as soon as it’s released 🙂 Looks like a magical and intriguing journey, the kind of story I fall for 😀 So glad you liked it that much!
Hahaha! Yes you do need this one! Good luck and I hope that you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! 🙂
Great Review! I’m so glad you loved it! I’m looking forward to read this book and reading your thoughts has got me more excited. 😀
I’m so glad to hear that you liked this! I can’t wait to read this one soon!
I am so glad you finally got to read this one. I had the pleasure of reading it a few months ago, and it was oh so pleasurable! I cannot wait for the next book of this series, because I can only imagine just how amazing it will be!
Right?! The second book is going to be a long wait, but it will be worth it! 🙂
This book is definitely the one we’re most anticipating for 2017. Glad to know that it doesn’t underperform at all. It’s great that the female protagonist is intelligent – she has agency. Love your review of Caraval!
It was at the top of my most anticipated books as well and it really does not disappoint at all! Enjoy! 🙂
Loved this one myself! I think it will be a big hit!
I totally agree! 🙂
I finished Caraval yesterday and I concur with all of this!! The sister bond between Tella and Scarlett was amazing. And OMG THAT TEASER OF AN ENDING!!! I’m so ready for the sequel.
Let the wait begin for book 2, right?!
Great Review! Cant wait to read this 😀 …
Great review! I’ve heard such great things about this book. The story line does sound very complex but it seems very unique and interesting. I can’t wait to read it ASAP!
This book sounds wonderful and hoping to get the chance to read it.