I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
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.
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!
I LOVED THIS BOOK…
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.
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.