Young Adult Genre– 407 pages
Published in 2017 by Flatiron Books
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.
I have been seeing Caraval featured on so many blogs and instagram accounts, I couldn’t just not read it. I’ve read, “A MUST READ”, so many times; I knew I had to get my hands on it…
And I loved it! LOVE, LOVES, LOVED IT!
It was everything a book should be: fun, diverse characters; steady plot; twist and turns (let me tell you, there were so many twists- I got dizzy); romance; suspense; adventure! I read this book in one sitting; only stopping to use the bathroom once and another time to grab a quick snack (a handful of pink Starbursts). It was that good.
I enjoyed every character, even the ones you’re supposed to hate. Garber did a great job coming up with such an assorted group of characters. To be honest, I didn’t really care for Scarlett, but that’s okay. She was what was needed for the story. She has a bit of a stiff bland persona, but she is completely dedicated to her sister which I admired.
I think what I liked the most was the misdirection thrown every which way at the reader. You think you understand what’s happening and then “WHAM! Think again!” So you start to unravel a bit more of the truth, but “NOPE!” The end is so far from what I thought it would be, and it left me amazed. It was brilliant and thrilling.
I definitely recommend this book. READ IT! It’s so worth it. From what I’ve been reading, a second book is expected. Which I hope is true. There is so much more I want to know about Legend and Caraval.