Sunday, December 17, 2017

Caraval (Caraval #1)
by Stephanie Garber

Hardcover407 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
ISBN:  1250095255

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.

I finished this book about two months ago and I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT IT!!!! It took me such a long time to sit down and write this review because there is just so much about this book that I love. HOW AM I TO EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK IN ONE SIMPLE REVIEW!?!?! 

I went into this book not knowing much about it, and I am so glad I didn't know a lot about the story. This book was so enchanting and mysterious. I loved never knowing what was going to happen next. I was enraptured by the story and all the twists and turns the author weaved into each chapter. I was constantly on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN OR WHO I COULD TRUST!!! STEPHANIE REALLY MESSED WITH MY EMOTIONS THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK.

All of the characters felt so thought out and well developed. Most of the characters had a dark and eerie personality. A lot of characters spoke in riddles and you could never figure out if you could trust them. Everything felt like a game with the characters, and it was a game I never wanted to end. The main character, Scarlett, was such a strong, smart, and dedicated woman. I absolutely loved going on this journey with her and watching her grow. I LOVE SCARLETT AND I WANT TO BE HER BEST FRIEND.

The main male character, Julian, WAS SUCH A HEARTTHROB. He was my absolute favorite character in this book and I can't trust anyone who doesn't fall in love with him. Julian was a charming, witty, loyal, and bold character. As soon as he was introduced, I knew he was going to be a character I wouldn't forget. There were plenty of times where I couldn't figure out if I could trust him or not and I was never sure whose side he was truly on. HOWEVER, I DIDN'T CARE BECAUSE HE WAS JUST TOO AWESOME OF A CHARACTER. HE STOLE THE SHOW EVEN IF HE WASN'T HONEST WITH SCARLETT 100% OF THE TIME.

It wouldn't be a review from me if I didn't mention romance in a novel, and Y'ALL THE ROMANCE WAS SO GOOD IN THIS BOOK. R.IP. ME BECAUSE THE ROMANCE IN THIS BOOK RIPPED MY HEART OUT AND THEN MENDED IT AGAIN. The romance in this book was wonderfully paced in a way that felt realistic and not over the top. The sexual tension burned at a delicious pace that never took over the plot of the book. I NEED MORE OF THE ROMANCE FROM THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. 

Okay, I obviously could go on and on about this book. Overall, Caraval was a mesmerizing, lush, romantic, and enchanting novel. I would recommend this book to everyone! 


5 / 5 Fangs

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