A review of Caraval (by Stephanie Garber)

Welcome, welcome! Welcome to Caraval! Beware of getting swept too far away!

And that’s exactly what happened to me. Caraval is a fun, refreshing, and mysterious read. Really, I couldn’t tell what was going to happen, the ending was not predictable, and the characters shined. The whole idea of Caraval was magical, it’s a great book, and now I’m eagerly awaited the sequel! It’s my second favorite book I have read this year.

I had been wanting to read it, but at the same time hesitant. I wasn’t sure if it would be interesting, it seemed very complicated when I read the blurb. As soon as I read the first chapter, I was sold on Caraval. The author’s writing made the story come alive, and it’s a unique and whimsical book. If you like fantasy, YA fiction, or a unique book, Caraval will be a magical and unforgettable book.

Caraval

From Caraval’s blurb

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How far would you go to save your sister? 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-dreamed 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, or else a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

The world of Caraval

Mesmerizing. If that’s one word I could use to describe Caraval, I would say that. Brilliant plot, Caraval’s world was elaborate, and you couldn’t tell who was being honest, and who was part of the game. The ending….wow, I did not see that coming!

The characters

I really liked Scarlett, even though her father thought she was weak and couldn’t protect her sister, she was a strong character. Although cautious, she is prepared to step into dangerous situations to save Tella. She’ll stop at nothing to save and protect her.

Tella seemed a little whiney at times, and made rash decisions. She does care about her sister, and doesn’t like their father at all. I was rooting for Scarlet to find her before it was too late.

Legend’s probably the most mysterious character. Not much is known about him except that he is a little crazy, and he runs Caraval. Supposedly, he’s watching all the players, and he leaves hints as to where Tella is. I’m sure more will be discovered about him in the next book.

To sum up

Wonderful book, it’s unique, magical, and an unforgettable read. I would definitely read Caraval again, it was that great! Me being the book nerd that I am, I researched and found it it’s going to be a duology, so the next sequel will be the last, and that it’s going to be a movie! *Claps hands* Yay! Thanks for reading this post, and happy reading!

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