By: Stephanie Garber
Length: 407 Pages
Published: January 31st 2017
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.
Caraval with all its glory and praise in which it seems to have achieved all over the book review sites well, it seems I have not fallen as deep for Legend’s charm as the vast amount readers have.
While the plot is intriguing when it gets down to it, it just seems like the Mad Hatter has jumped ship, leaving his tea parties behind and moving on to big and bolder lies. Minus the actual intrigue that the mad hatter consist of.
Young naive Scarlett gets swept away into a world that she has only dreamed about since she was a young child, from her grandmother’s stories to reality, it seemed everything fell back to magic. Magic this, and magic that well, just magic. While that is not a bad thing I would have loved for another solution to be offered than Legend’s magic begin the culprit for every obstacle that crossed her path.
I enjoyed Caraval as a place itself, it’s whimsy and disarray were brilliantly depicted and it’s easy to see why so many fans have become prey to the game. But taking this journey with the naivety that composed of Scarlett and her sister Tella was painful and unnerving. I never grasped a liking towards the characters and their attributable flaws.
I received the book as a gift. I book itself is beautiful, the cover, the letters, the separation of nights. Garber has a way with words that can place you in the center of the action with her creativity Caraval was easy to make come alive within your mind.
I wasn’t to keen on the ending of the book. Seeming forced to set the way for Stephanie Garber up and coming release Legendary. It left me feeling the same way as waiting to find out Jacks death in the hit NBC Series This is Us. Just strung out. As for Legendary, I’ve yet to decide if it’ll make it to my TBR.