by Stephanie Garber
Hardcover: 407 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: Remember, it’s only a game…
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 that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of 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.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away. (Goodreads)
So, I read this book in MARCH. It feels like it’s been forever since I read it and I felt like I should finally review it.
My first reaction after reading it was, WHOA, that was such a fun ride. and the book totally takes you on a roller coaster. Especially the ending. I mean, whoa.
But, I’ve had a few months to think about it and there were a few parts that rankled me. Mainly, Scarlett and Julian. With out spoiling everything… or anything, I just didn’t think that Julian was a good person. I didn’t like Scarlett and her choices. I feel like all I heard the whole time was “my sister Tella…” And then Julian… I know the whole point is to wonder who he is, but he treats Scarlett pretty awful. I mean he makes her sleep in the hallway for heaven’s sake. And that’s only the beginning and I don’t want to spoil more. But their relationship was kinda weird. Even now I’m left wondering if I trust him or not.
And maybe that’s the point?
I don’t know. But I really really liked the story. The writing is beautiful and colorful and I got lost in the language and the world. I literally want to visit Caraval and see everything. It reminded me, in part, of the Night Circus and the setting.
I can’t wait to read the next book. The romantic story wasn’t a complete deal-breaker for me. I’d still recommend the book to anyone and everyone.