Author: Stephanie Garber
Page count: 407 pages
Format availability: Kindle eBook , Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: January 31 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Series (Caraval #1)
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.
IF I COULD JUST GIVE A BOOK RATE HIGHER THAN 5, THEN THIS BOOK DESERVES A 100 STARS! THIS IS SO MUCH FEELS! ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS JUST LIKE THE REAL CIRCUS GIVES ME A HANGOVER TO THIS BOOK! I REALLY CAN’T FORGET ANYTHING QUICK! SEQUEL, PLEASE COME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Sorry for all the ALL CAPS. I really can’t help my feeling of being hyped and loved after reading this book, Caraval. I really expect so much to this book and the first time I read the synopsis I was like, “OMG! This should be in my hands!” and I’ve been waiting for months, pre-ordering my US Cover and got an UK Cover for this book because this is how obsessed I am waiting to get this book!
The story creates a magical twist; it will probably make you think until the end if you will wonder what reality is every now and then. Characters in this story have a great parts (and great actors!), especially the parts when the game was already started. Everyone has a part and one by one their improving in each chapter. I really like the twists on each character that the author made because you will absolutely think everything is real. Let’s talk about them: Scarlett, so eager to have her sister back alive. She’s been so scared and caring sister, I really like her character and the way she improves her thinking the long she stays at the Isle. Tella, she’s been my favorite of all time. I like how she thinks in the end of revealing every secret they got for each other and she’s been the smart one and badass girl too! Julian, my loving boy, he’s been so caring and lovely in every boy in a story have. He torn me to pieces like he did to Scarlette but I still love him. Legend, mastermind of every game and granting for wishes (is it?). Governor Dragna, abusive father, all it says there.
Romance? Come on, this book has one of my favorite romantic sceneries! Julian and Scarlett made it more magical. You wouldn’t expect their love sparks until you got go deep down to your thoughts. I even wasn’t expecting that either. (No spoilers!) But their love story it’s just starting. I know this love won’t end, even though the game ended.
I really love the concept on how things and people work just to make the game real or feel real even you’re just reading it. You already feel the Caraval surrounds you and haunt you and wonder if this place really exists. Even as a reader, I foresee everything and dive more in my imagination just to picture out this beautiful book. This is beautifully written by Stephanie Garber, and I wanted to thank her for bringing this Isle to my life. I know I have to learn more about the game more and more about Legend! I swear, I really want the sequel now…
About the Author
Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California. She’s also a blogger on Pub(lishing) Crawl.
Her debut novel, CARAVAL, will be published by Flatiron Books/Macmillan (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK) in late summer/early fall 2016. CARVAL has sold in over twenty territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox in a major deal.
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