Caraval by Stephanie Garber

// Published 14 February 2017 by Regina

Caraval Book Cover Caraval
Caraval #1
Stephanie Garber
Young Adult (Fantasy)
Flatiron Books
31 January 2017

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.

Finally a YA novel without love triangle!

Caraval is not considered a very magical story to me, yet the game itself is what excites and impresses me.

The story started pretty normal, a pair of sisters with a horrible father. Both of them want to escape from their father’s cruelness and evil then in the end they take a chance at the Caraval hoping to win a magical wish.

The pace of the story is not fast considered it has to cover the event happened at the Caraval for five nights. However, the plot gets intense where it should be and there are a lot of great twists in between that struck me like lightning.

There are not much magical moments in the game but I adored the magical shifting dress/gown that Scarlett is wearing in the game. It transforms into different colors, designs and even fabric depending on occasions, time and her mood. How I wish I could have one of it so I could save the money for more books!

The ending has more unexpected turn of events but sadly the impact wasn’t as great as I expected. Anyway, I never regret of reading this and thanks to Bookalicious for recommending this book to me!

Purchase Information

Caraval is available at Bookalicious! for RM 39.90.

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