Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Published by Macmillan (on January10, 2017 Genres: YA novel, Fantasy Pages: 416 Format: Hardback Source: Personally Bought
I would give this book 4 for a review.
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 . . .
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.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.
This book was a slow burn but I really enjoy it. I loved how the world building in this world was super complicated but also very easy to understand. It was also a very fast pace mystery that made me not want to put the book down. I really liked the main character and her adventure in this book. The book was very strong book 1 in the series that teased many things for book two. The romance was a slow burn and I enjoy that as well and hope to see more of them in book 2.
Hope you will check it out.