Book review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval
Series: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review


Blurb:

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.

Ok, WHAT DID I JUST READ?

Jesus.

It’s only a game, yeah, right.

I’ve wanted to read this book since the first time I saw it was available on Netgalley. I didn’t get it when I requested it, but then I got approved for Legendary, the second book of the series. So I thought, this must be a sign, right? So I checked Amazon and to my surprise, it was on sale. ON SALE. So of course, I didn’t even think about it, I just one clicked it.

If you’ve read The Night Circus and enjoyed it, this might be to your liking too, since it has a similar sound to it. The magic is captivating and intriguing, the characters are a complete mystery, you don’t know who you can trust or what they’re going to do next. The story itself is a fucking game that can turn and switch without your consent and you’re just thrown out of it all over again.

If you think you have a fucking clue of what’s happening or is about to happen next, you better think again, because it most likely won’t go your way. By half of it, I’d decided to just go with it and surprise myself whenever something new happened, because I just couldn’t guess the story’s next move.

So, we have Scarlett. She’s a young girl that’s had the same dream for years: to see Caraval for herself and take her sister with her. She’s the daughter of an asshole and the sister of a really self centered girl. She’s the good daughter and that part of her makes her kind of boring and annoying at first, although she manages to grow in such a way, that by the end of the book you feel like you could be her. Of course, none of it would’ve happened had Tella not forced her to go to Caraval. Their relationship is one full of love, that much is clear and real, but it’s also centered on Tella’s needs and wants. She does as she pleases, and Scarlett allows her to be and do whatever she wants, as long as she’s happy.

And then, we had Julian. Jesus Christ. Julian, he can be the doom of every woman. He can be an ass if he wants to be, but such a sweet guy too. He’s the kind of guy that melts your heart just because he’s sassy. I loved the way he managed to drive Scarlett crazy every time they were together, clearly she needed to loosen up a bit.

“Not quite sure how far she’d already fallen, she imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

So, I won’t dwell too much on anything, because I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let me tell you this: it was AMAZING. I loved reading every single page and I just couldn’t put it down. The scenery was incredibly magical. The magic was impossibly amazing. The characters were mysteriously intriguing. Each character has a huge role in this story, so you must pay close attention.

I can’t wait to read Legendary!!!!!! 

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