Review: "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber

Friday, February 24, 2017

Published: January 31st, 2017 by Flatiron Books
Series: "Caraval #1"

Format: Hardcover; 407

Genre: Graphic Novel: YA Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

How I Obtained this Book: I checked this book out at my local library. I was not asked to give a review. All opinions are my own.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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.


"Caraval" by Stephanie Garber was one of my most anticipated books this year and it did not disappoint.
There's so much I want to say about this book, but with all of the twists and turns in it, I'm afraid anything I say may spoil the book. I think it's best to go into it without much knowledge of what's going on. It's more exciting that way.
I thought the book was beautifully written and it was not one that I could predict as to what would happen next. I love books like that. They keep you guessing and then leave you surprised.
The characters were well written and unique and I loved going on the journey with them. It also had a bit of romance in the story. It wasn't the main part of the story but it was a nice addition.
This is the first in, I believe, a duology and as soon as I finished the book I wanted the second in my hands. The book leaves a bit of a cliff hanger for the next story. As of right now there is no release date for the next one but I think it may be coming out sometime next year. Whenever it is it will not be soon enough ;)
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes an adventure filled with magic, surprise, and twists and turns that will leave you questioning what is really going on. It's also a quick read so if you don't have a lot of time to commit to a book, this is a good one.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought down in the comments. No spoilers please.


  1. I got this book in my Owl Crate and I am super excited to read it. Still trying to finish another book right now, but this will definitely be my next read. Thanks for sharing your review of it. Always enjoy seeing your reviews. :)

    1. Oh I wondered if OwlCrate would send out Caraval. I wish I had gotten the box now :) I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think of it after you're done. I'd love to hear your opinion on it :) Thank you for reading my reviews! I appreciate your support <3


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