[Mini] Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read Dates: January 20th – 23rd, 2018


Remember, it’s only a game…

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.


This book was so cool and imaginative! It constantly had me asking questions and second guessing everything I thought I knew to be true. It is rare for a book to pull a reader in so completely that they cast doubt upon what is happening, but this book certainly did for me. I was mesmerized by the world of Caraval, it’s beauty, it’s people, it’s magic.

Within just a few chapters I found myself with a list of questions and even theories. Some of them were answered, while some answers appear to be coming in the sequel. Some theories were right while others were dashed away shortly after I was positive I had figured everything out. What a twisty and spellbinding story! Remember, it’s only a game and not everything you experience is true.

I’m looking forward to Legendary!

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