Review: Caraval

Posted 15th April 2019 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: CaravalCaraval by Stephanie Garber
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Also by this author: Legendary, Finale, Once Upon a Broken Heart
Series: Caraval #1
Also in this series: Legendary, Finale
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 31st January 2017
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Romance, YA Fantasy
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Format: Audible
Source: I bought it

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.

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This book has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I have seen this book on Instagram for a long time and with the final book being released in May it was time to see what all the fuss is about.

The book follows sisters Scarlett and Donatella. The majority of the book is about Scarlett and follows her as she plays the game of Caraval. I won’t really add much more of the story because there are layers, twists and turns that you really need to experience for yourself.

I will, however, talk a little bit about the characters. Scarlett is cautious. she’s a planner and she’s a worrier. Tella is impulsive, fun and a little dangerous! Then we have Julian oh that beautiful infuriating man! There are lots more characters and quite frankly I could go on for hours about them. These characters are well developed and have many many layers

This was a really good story with a good pace. I loved the descriptions and the grandeur of it. The whole thing just sounded so magical.

One thing that appears a lot in this book is roses. At the end of the book, there was an interview with Stephanie where she mentions that her sister gave her the idea for the roses when she said that they can beautiful or creepy. As soon as I heard that I thought you are SO right and then I tried to think back to all the uses or roses in this book both creepy and beautiful

Even at the end of the book, there are a lot of mysteries. I’m not sure what is real and what isn’t. What I do know is that I am stoked for Legendary as it’s all about Tella and I quite like her character.

About Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. She grew up in northern California, where she was often compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March, and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing, and dreams of her next adventure.


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