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Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber


Title: Caraval (Caraval, #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


Scarlett – the selfless sister who will do anything to protect her beloved Tella

Tella – the notorious sister who constantly desires pleasure.

Bound to a cruel father who both try to steer clear of, they are trapped forever on the tiny island they live on. But, things are about to change. Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her.

After years of writing to the infamous Legend of Caraval, Scarlett is finally invited to participate, along with her sister, in the game of a lifetime.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.


But Caraval isn’t what it seems and Tella is taken by Legend. In order to win Caraval, someone must be the first to find Tella. In a game of illusion, lust, and deception, who will win Caraval? If Scarlett doesn’t find Tella, Tella will be gone forever.

Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.

Carefully crafted, Caraval brings reader into the dangerous game of a lifetime. I’ve seen so many bloggers ranting and raving about this novel, but was never really intrigued until news about Finale starting coming about. But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.

The pace was perfect, the character development was on-point, the writing was clever, and the mystery is intriguing. Caraval definitely takes readers for a ride! I can’t wait to see what Legendary has in store for me next!


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