Caraval: Caraval (Book 1)
by Stephanie Garber
“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 to CARAVAL, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Scarlett and Tella have never left the tiny island of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.
When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella Vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser; Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance. But she quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.
And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.”
I knew about Caraval coming out due to the hype on Twitter and Instagram, although I tried to stay away from any spoilers. I had it preordered, so I received it on publication day.
Scarlett is about to get married (arranged by her father), she has been protecting her younger sister, Donatella, from her Father since their Mother disappeared. They were told stories about Caraval when they were younger by their Grandmother and about the infamous Legend. But when she receives tickets to Caraval for Scarlett and Tella, her life takes a turn she did not expect.
That was incredible! I put it down and immediately wanted the next one. There are just like no words for how I feel, I went through a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, and a definite rollercoaster with the twists and turns of the storyline. You have to remember it is only a game, but when you are dragged in, you just keep on forgetting.
My favourite characters are Scarlett, Julian and Aiko. I just love Scarlett and Julian, I felt the way Scarlett did and Julian is just… (cannot describe). I really like Aiko, even if we do not see her that much, I’m hoping she will feature a bit more in the second book.
My favourite part? All of it, it is just incredible, fantastic, amazing, fabulous and awesome (add in more adjectives meaning amazing)!
Caraval does end on a cliffhanger, this is because the Caraval duology continues in a second book, which is currently being written, with no publication date at the moment.
While reading this book, I described it as a story about sisters, magic, intrigue, puzzles and love. I would recommend this book to anyone (I have told my mum and Matt to read it). 5 out of 5.