Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Book from NYPL
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 . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
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.
I read this book in one sitting after I checked out from the library. There is a lot of hype over this book and I have to say it did live up.
The story starts with Scarlett and Tella living under the rule of their abusive father. Scarlett has been writing letters to Legend for an invitation to Caraval. After seven years, she finally receive an invitation. Scarlett is unsure about going because she is scheduled to get married the week after.
Tella had other plans and she wanted Scarlett in Caraval. So she makes sure to kidnap Scarlett and drags her into Caraval. Once in Caraval, Tella becomes part of this year’s mystery. Scarlett is charge in finding Tella. So she spends the next five days and nights in a magical journey of searching for her sister.
It’s been a while since I read a fantasy book and this book didn’t disappoint me. I was captivated from the beginning and it capture my attention throughout the book. I couldn’t stopped reading until the end when we finish the mystery of Tella.
Based on goodreads.com, there is a follow up book being schedule in the future which I can’t wait to read.
BOOK SOURCE: NY Public Library