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Caraval (ARC) Review


Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Published: January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books

Format: Paperback ARC

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Reading Period: February 1, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★


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 this world . . .

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.


I received an ARC of this book from Flatiron Books and I would like to thank them for sending me one.

“No one is truly honest. Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”

This book was filled with likable characters, magic, and plot twists. I know it will ruin the story if the author revealed who Legend really is. I even questioned myself if what I’m reading is part of reality or just a delusion. But yes, “remember that it is only a game.”

I like the idea of arranged marriage. That’s classic. Haha. Oh, also, how they pay when they purchased things. That’s very unique. I love all the magic in this story. It’s too enchanting that I found myself immensely enjoying it.

Scarlett is full of doubt and fear. Her greatest fear is her father and I’m happy that she conquered it at the end of the game. I like that she will do anything for her sister, that she will risk her life to save her sister.

At first, I don’t like Donatella. I thought she was dishonest and selfish who just want to find romance and leave Trisda. But wow. I love her. Totally love her ideas. She’s clever and fearless to bargain things with her “friend”.

What I did not like much in this book is the insta-love. But overall, I love this book!


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