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.
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I love this book. I was looking forward to it, because it sounded interesting and fanciful, but I didn't expect to LOVE it, especially not as much as I do! This book was filled with great characters, an amazing, magical setting, and an engaging plot. I easily fell for the characters, and I loved all of the descriptions of Caraval. The author really captured this world, and it was so easy for me to picture it and travel through out. If you're a fan of the book, The Night Circus, I feel like you'll really appreciate this one. And if you're not a fan of The Night Circus, I still think you'll like this because it flowed a lot better. Also, the time line is linear, which helped to keep a fast pace. There wasn't a single chapter where I was bored or wishing for the story to move along. The twists were also interesting, and it was fun trying to decipher what was real and what really was just the "game".
Despite all the things that could go wrong, if Caraval was real and it came to my town, I wouldn't hesitate to join in! Highly recommend for a fun, magical read that takes you to a fantastical world where magic, and mayhem, reign!
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