Author: Stephanie Garber
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
*Spoiler Free Review*
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
There has been tons of hype surrounding this book for the past month or so in the book blogging community. Of course I had to join in because the synopsis was really intriguing. Let me tell you, it definitely lives up to its reviews. I read page after page in the course of a couple of days. I stayed up late just to finish it because I wanted to know what would happen next. I genuinely could not put it down.
No, this book is not perfect (is any book?). But the storyline was just so interesting that it makes up for it. For one thing, you don’t know which direction it is headed in. You might be expecting one event to happen, but the plot takes a total turn. There were points where I was internally screaming because I didn’t see something coming.
The introduction of this book is what really got me. Stephanie Garber really knows how to draw in her readers. It was so sad to read about, but when a book can pull out my emotions, I know it is a good one.
The characters are also amazing. You feel like you can’t trust anyone, because the whole island is so mysterious. But at the same time, I still shipped a lot of the characters together, even if I wasn’t sure I should. There were some relationships I secretly wanted to happen, and some that were happening that I didn’t want at first.
I don’t want to share any more details because it is important you don’t go into the book knowing more than the synopsis above. It will make the enjoyment and initial confusion so much better.
Overall, this book really lived up to my expectations. It was clever. It was well written. I am really hoping for a sequel to this because the story can’t just be left there. I will be the first to buy book two if it happens!