Published by Flatiron Books on January 31, 2017
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.
I’m so excited to be back again in the new year with more book reviews for you! As I promised, the format of these will be changing in the future but it won’t be just yet so there’s still a bit of time to enjoy this format. In case you haven’t realized it yet this will be a book review on Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I had been hearing about this book for nearly a year especially after I had read The Night Circus. I knew that at some point I needed to read this book and then when I found out that it would be a trilogy within the year I just couldn’t wait to pick it up. I had tried to read this a few months ago and simply ran out of time before the library insisted on taking the book back. This time though I swung through the world of Caraval in nearly one swoop and was swept away with the magic of the world. I love attending the circus through the page because I find that while many circuses vary in size and depth there is a thrill that I can’t help but feel when I’m reading along.
I love the way that Stephanie Garber threw you into the world of Caraval with Master Legend being the most elusive and intriguing person. The small bits of magic that you were introduced to throughout the story only helped to build the world and the characters more. I find its interesting that Caraval was once suppose to be a standalone book and has now become a trilogy allowing us to stay with the Dragna sisters a bit longer.
Let me know if you have read this book or are planning on reading this book in the future I would love to know your thoughts. Hope to see you soon!