Title : Caraval
Author : Stephanie Garber
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…Beware of getting swept too far away.
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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 everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I can still feel my emotions churning inside of me. GEESH! Every detail, every description allowed me to imagine myself in Caraval, following the story. I cannot tell you how much I love it when books make you do that.I have to say Stephanie that you made an AMAZING first impression for me. And MAN have I fell in LOVE with the characters. I love how they are each described thoroughly, even the minor ones, without over doing it and making the reader try to remember all the characters.
I think the best part for me was how the main plot revolved around the love of sisters. A lot of books interpret love with a male or female companion. Yes, there is family love too, but not many books use that kind of love for the main storyline. That is why I fell in love with this original piece of work.
And the ending?!?! HOLY cow! Talk about a cliff hanger!! I am really hoping for a second book!! Maybe it would be Tella’s story. I’m totally starting to ship her and Legend. AHHH I am squirming with excitement just thinking about it. Although he is a bit older than her…Oh well XD (OTP!!!)
I do however have some picky notes to share (My Opinion)
- I didn’t enjoy the flashbacks of Scarlett and Tella’s mother and how she was portrayed. I just wish that there was a reason that revealed why she did what she did or that there was some kind of reunion at the end.
- There was one scene that were left unanswered though it foreshadowed that something bad was going to happen. (Small Spoiler) It said that in the end, Scarlett had a feeling that the business between her and the Count wasn’t finished as he was leaving Caraval. So….What happened?? It never says anything else about him
Overall, I think this was in my top 10 book favorites. So I definitely recommend it to those who love an action-packed book filled with wonder, love, determination, bravery, and of course, who could forget? Magic….