Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Magical Realism, Mystery, Historical, Adventure, Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
TWO REVIEWS IN ONE DAY?! WOAH! GOOD GABI!
I loved this book. There. I loved it. Freaking loved it. I loved it. LOVED.
Isn’t it obvious though?
Literally everyone and their mothers freaking loved this book! And I get why now! It is so different from the other books that I have read and I was at the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. OKAY! The plot of this whole story was so fast-paced and made me laugh and get nervous and cry and I just got ALL the feelings with this book. HOW DO YOU DO THIS STEPHANIE?!
Commencing with the characters. I kid you not. I did not hate or dislike any character in the book. Except the father OF COURSE! I loved the villain! Legend reminds me so much of Aaron Warner it is insane. I’m just really excited to see him in the second book. Julian was freaking awesome too. He reminds me of that guy! You know that guy! Tamlin’s beta in A Court of Thorns and Roses and I somewhat like him! All the minor characters too I freaking loved. They all had that little special part of the story that made Scarlett’s adventure progress and I appreciate them so much.
The romance. I have to admit I really thought Julian was Legend because I just needed to see how Scarlett and Legend would be together. But I still do love her and Julian. But we never know. There is still the second book to go…
Scarlett you are one amazing protagonist. I loved Scarlett, she had SUCH character development throughout this book that made me love her even more. I have to admit in the beginning I liked her sister Tella more than her but those roles reversed very quickly. Tella is a real lovable character when she is not getting on your nerves in the cutest way possible.
The whole adventure throughout this book is Scarlett trying to find her sister because Legend kidnapped her along with the help of dear ol’ Julian. Scarlett is a very selfless person and she puts others before her, just like she does with her sister. Her father…I want to kill him with my bare hands!!!! His abuse towards Scarlett and Tella just makes me respect the two of them much more than I already do. they go through this daily and they still keep up and looking towards the future. Yet as the story progresses Scarlett learns it is okay to care about yourself at times too, which she eventually learns.
And the clues that give her this adventure are so freaking creative. I swear there wasn’t one time where I wasn’t surprised. Everything was different and really makes you think. It makes you want to be there next to Scarlett and wanting to help her.
I gasped, I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I awed, I really really loved this book.
And I seriously recommend this book to everyone ever if you haven’t read this book already folks!