by Stephanie Garber
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Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review/Own
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Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle 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. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval 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 only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed 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.
A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. (Goodreads)
I have to admit, I was pretty curious to read Caraval by Stephanie Garber, especially after reading so much hype about the book. I had heard the book was pretty awesome, and I couldn't wait to read it for myself to see what the fuss was about. I definitely was not disappointed; Caraval was great!
I absolutely loved the storyline for the book. It was mysterious and completely captivating. As I was reading the book, I actually felt like I was IN the story. All of the magical aspects of the book were completely fascinating as well. I love that the story kept me guessing throughout the WHOLE book; I never knew what to expect next as I turned the pages. I love when a book does that! I'm definitely on board for reading the second book as soon as it's released, and I was be impatiently waiting to get my hands on it!
There are SO many characters that I love in the story, including the main character, Scarlett. I love that she's so strong, despite the horrible father that she has, and that she's willing to do whatever she has to do to protect her sister. It was really interesting to follow her on her journey through this magical world. There was also Julian, who, to be honest, was hard not to fall in love with. *grin*. There are a few more interesting secondary characters in the story that you will love, and a few that will you will not love in the least, but they are all very well written, and I was left wanting to know more about quite a few of them.
Overall; Caraval was a really great read, and is definitely a most welcome addition to my bookshelf! I'm now even more excited to get my hands on the next book in this duology, which does not yet have a name or release date, but I still can't wait to have. Pick up a copy of Caraval today!