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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval #1

Goodreads rating: 3.94

405 pages
Published: 30 November 2017
ISBN13: 9781473629165

My rating: 4.2

I really loved this book! I thought it was an amazing first book for Stephanie Garber. The characters were really fun, mysterious and likable. Scarlett is a great main character with a lot of strength, faith (even if it is a bit misguided at times) and compassion. She does everything all out never compromising on her beliefs. She is supported by the mysterious Julian (who I hope we learn a bit more about in the next book), he is fiercely loyal and just a general badass. Tella, Scarlett’s sister, we don’t learn too much about in this book other than that she is free willed and has a lot of faith in her sister.

This book is great for anyone who loves mysteries and magic. I feel that it is really unique in it’s magic and the “Legend” that seems to be in control. Definitely recommend this and am looking forward to the sequel!


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. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


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