Caraval by Stephanie Garber ❤❤❤❤❤/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Caraval was beyond amazing!! Stephanie Garber did such an amazing job with description, world building, and character development. I felt like I was at Caraval while reading it and what I loved is that every time I thought something was going to happen I ended up being totally wrong.
Caraval was great and well written. Caraval is told through five nights and had such a great pacing. I loved that the magic in the book had no rules so anything could happen. The game during Caraval was interesting and full of twists and turns. While reading you really have no idea what to expect and even if you do you might be taken for another direction. Garber did a great job incorporating how Scarlett saw feeling through colors. I thought that was so unique and interesting and was a magical experience to read about.
“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”
The characters were well built and so fun to read about. I do wish we had more of Tella in the book but maybe she will be more prominent on the second book. I loved the relationship between Tella and Scarlett; throughout the book we can see how much Scarlett really loves her sister. There is also another romance in the book which I absolutely rooted for 😉
I don’t think I have anything bad to say about this book except that the ending left me wanting more lol If you have not read this magical book I encourage you to try it out! It is a bit slow at the beginning but I promise you it picks up 😀