Publisher: Flatiron Books
Year of Publication: January 31st 2017
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.
Carolina: The plot is so confusing, it’s toying with my brain and played me right from the start to the very end! BUT I LOVED IT! It’s a fast paced and thrilling story, It’s so engaging and keep me guessing what will happen next, the mystery is a really page turner for me.
Aimee: I really enjoyed the plot in this one! Everything was a huge mystery for me, and I always found myself second-guessing everything, which I think was the whole point of the story. I liked that everything was part of some bigger picture, and that the author rarely veered away from the actual story.
In Caraval, everything seems to be morally grey, which I loved! There doesn’t seem to be any right or any wrong, and this aspect will totally mess with your brains in the best way possible.
Carolina: I was all this anxious reading about Scarlett running around to save her sister from this wicked game and when it comes to an end I was so shocked and surprised that the ending is not like what I expected at all.
What I mean to tell you is this book is not only playing with your brain but also with your emotion too! This book is basically the biggest and well schemed prank I’ve ever known! Did you predict this kind of ending Aimee?
Aimee: I DID NOT SEE THE ENDING COMING. I had about a thousand guesses, and none of them were even close. I’m still unsure about whether I liked it or not, but if the readers are concerned about a “wow” ending, then they definitely have something to look forward to with Caraval.
Carolina: I adore the worldbuilding. When they say Caraval is full of magic performances, I didn’t expect it would be literally magic! This is the first time for me to read a book with Circus setting and I totally loved it! There are so many cool places, magic tricks, and wonderful performances, although the game is a little bit cruel if you ask me!
This world is full of puzzles and riddles, strange shops and strange people. I love to imagine it pretty much like a darker Wonderland.
Aimee: THIS WAS THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF THE BOOK, HANDS DOWN! I adored everything about the world of Caraval. Since the story takes place in some kind of carnival/circus setting, I was looking forward to all the magic and wonder the setting would bring. This book did not disappoint.
It was like a darker, more mysterious Wonderland, in a sense. We get all of those random changing tents and shops, crazy doorways that lead to who the heck knows where, and all those snazzy things. I was intrigued to no end, and I NEED MORE OF THIS WORLD!
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