Book Feels: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Book Feels: Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 416

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.

And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


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Ohhhh, friends! This is a GOOD one! Seriously! You’re going to want to add this to your TBR right now! Caraval releases today (Happy book birthday, Stephanie Garber) and let’s be real, there’s been some serious hype! This amazing debut novel features a magical and dangerous game that leaves its participants forever changed and I’m here to tell you…the hype is real!


From the opening pages, I knew I would love this book. I was completely enchanted and fell under the spell of Garber’s writing. I was swept away on Scarlett’s journey from the darkness and misery of her real life into the strange and wonderful (and weird) world of Caraval. It was immediately clear to me that Scarlett wasn’t going to be your ordinary heroine. She was inquisitive, unpredictable and captivating…I loved her as the protagonist and was totally invested in her arc. Ultimately, what started as an exciting adventure that she had always dreamed of, turned into a desperate quest to find her missing sister. I found Scarlett’s transformation into a brave heroine so satisfying.

The world of Caraval is expertly crafted. It’s filled with strange people, dark corners and mysteries that further deepen the game Scarlett finds herself trapped in. As I read the book, I couldn’t help but find myself immersed in the surroundings described by Garber. She did such an amazing job of describing the scents, sounds and sights of Carval. I love a book that makes me feel like I am part of the action and Caraval does an amazing job of that.

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If you’re looking for a book that takes you to a mysterious land filled with magical twists and turns, then you NEED to grab yourself a copy of Caraval.

About Stephanie Garber

My favorite place in the world is Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where I feel as if the fantastical stories I love to write about could actually come to life.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. I’m also a blogger on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. But I probably spend most of my time on Twitter where I tend to overuse exclamation points and emojis.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval will be published January 2017 (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in twenty-five foriegn territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.


2 comments for “Book Feels: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  1. I loved Caraval! I thought it was incredibly magical, and I really enjoyed the imagery in it. So excited for the next one!!

  2. I have had this ARC for awhile, and think I might just read it on the plane to Italy. I have a copy on my kindle so it would be easy to take along. I’m really excited about this one and love your board for this one!

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