By: Stephanie Garber
THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE
I recently read Caraval by Stephanie Garber and it was a wonderful book that sucked me into its world and truly took me away for 4 hours while I was reading it. I finally read it after it being on my TBR for 2 years. Caraval is about this circus/ game that happens every year. Scarlett and Tella are dying to get away from their abusive father. Since their childhood they have always wanted to participate in Caraval, every year Scarlett sends a letter asking Legend, the creator of Caraval to come and perform in their hometown. The final year that Scarlett writes a letter (because she is getting married and she knows that after she marries she will never be able to go again) Legend writes back sending her, her sister and fiance tickets to go to caraval. They meet Julian who takes them to Caraval. Once they reach caraval strange things happen and as the games begin, Scarlett cannot make out the difference between real, and unreal. Nothing is as it seems. When Tella goes missing as a part of Caraval, Julian and Scarlett have limited time to find Tella and go home but to find her, they must play the games of Caraval.
The world was so well constructed and it had twists and turns in the plot that made very exciting to read. Although at times it was quite confusing, everything made sense in the end. Scarlett was a protagonist that was exciting to follow and I could imagine her in my head as a person. I must admit, that Tella was not my favourite character and at the end, she truly annoyed me. This book has very strong themes of siblinghood ( is that even a word ) and love. It’s not your typical fantasy book and I know that I will definitely read the next books in the series as well. If you are a fan of fantasy this is the book for you. It is very original and a book it makes you want to read it in one sitting because you can’t put it down. Before I finish this review, I need to mention the beauty of this cover.
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