Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in the world.

When I first saw that people were likening this to The Night Circus, I was immediately excited. I absolutely loved everything about that book and figured that if this book was anything like that one, that there was a good change I was going to like it. It honestly exceeded my expectations. It had an interesting plot, good world building, magic that I didn’t quite understand but yearned to know more about, and characters that were easy to love or hate. There were twists and turns throughout the entire book and no matter how hard I tried, there were times that I was genuinely surprised with how something worked out. I also loved that while I felt like this book was tied up nicely, the events that happened in the epilogue set things up perfectly for the next book. I am seriously so excited.

A second in Caraval seemed richer than an ordinary second, like that moment on the cusp of sunset, when all the colors of the sky coalesce into magic.

I’d say if there was one small thing that bothered me at times during this book, it would be the writing in certain parts. Even though I felt like this had a really solid plot, there were times that I was reading about certain things but wasn’t feeling them like I wanted to. It could just be because I had just gotten done reading a book by Sarah Maas and everything that she writes hits me to the core but still. I think the writing could have been a tad stronger in places. Overall this was an incredibly magical read. I would recommend to any person that is interested in exciting, fast paced plots with magical elements!

She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.

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Caraval Book 1
Stephanie Garber
YA Fantasy
Flatiron Books
January 31st, 2017

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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.

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