Caraval by Stephanie Garber

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . “

Yep, I’m sold on this YA fantasy. The buzz about this book has been filling my newsfeeds for awhile now so I decided to give it a go. I don’t read a lot of fantasy but it’s always good to switch up your reads and most of all trusts your friends’ recommendations.

The fantasy world created in this book was captivating and enthralling. The plot was mesmerizing and unique, it involved two sisters and their voyage to a magical place known as Caraval to escape their cruel father. Scarlett and her sister, Tella, have always dreamt of going to a Caraval performance. Shortly after Scarlett’s father sets up her up in an arranged marriage she receives a once in a lifetime news – her & her sister have been invited to attend Caraval.

Each attendee has been repeatedly told – everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance; a game. But once they enter Caraval the lines begin to blur and knowing what is just part of the game and what is real becomes hard for Scarlett to determine.

Congratulations, Ms. Garber, on your debut novel. The world you created is both magical and well thought out. The attention to detail allowed the plot to flow seemingly. The added twist in the story was well done and added to the enjoyment of trying to piece together the game that is known as Caraval.

CARAVAL is a standalone young adult fantasy. The epilogue offers hope that there will be a second book that allows the other sister her chance to be the star of the book.

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