Book Review for CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Caraval Series (Book 1)
Flatiron Books
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CARAVAL is a darkly elegant, spellbinding, and beautifully written book. Garber has the ability to transport her readers into this world and open them up to a mysterious journey. The descriptions of Caraval and the interactions with all those within the game are so rich and vivid.


It is impossible not to get caught up in it all. The characters that will be encountered are candid at times, deceptive at others, and always bewitching. As you delve further into the tale, you will be discovering things right along with Scarlett. In a way, you to become part of the game or at least I felt this way. This stunning debut can only lead to amazing things for the author and her readers.

Warning: There is a second book coming, so it does leave you with a little cliffhanger. However, enough of the story is pieced together that it will not be too horrible to wait.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

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About the Author: Stephanie Garber is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. She grew up in northern California, where she was often compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March, and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing, and dreams of her next adventure.

Book Details:

Series: Caraval (Book 1)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books; First Edition edition (January 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250095255
ISBN-13: 978-1250095251

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