- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (Jan. 31 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250095255
- ISBN-13: 978-1250095251
- Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.5 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 599 g
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love and betrayal. Like her characters, I lost myself in the dangerous, enchanting world she created―and never wanted to come out.” ―Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember In the Ashes and A Torch in the Night
“Enchanting and mysterious, Stephanie Garber's Caraval is a story rich with sumptuous detail, beautifully written.” ―Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
"Caraval shimmers with magic. This is an inventive, delightful tale with several aces up its sleeve." ―Marie Rutkoski, New York Times bestselling author of the Winner's Trilogy
“In a book where nothing is at it appears, one thing is certain: Caraval is the darkly enchanting adventure you’ve been looking for!” ―Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
"A decadent and enchanting tale. Caraval will sink its teeth into you, and you will not want to leave." ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"A tale of sisterly devotion painted in colors of cerise and shimmering gold. If you ever wondered how it would feel to step into a living dream, here's your ticket." ―Stacey Lee, critically acclaimed author of Outrun the Moon
"Stephanie Garber doesn't just dazzle―she makes me believe." ―Jodi Meadows, co-author of My Lady Jane
“Magnificent . . . a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Caraval delights the senses: beautiful and scary, described in luscious prose, this is a show readers will wish they could enter. A double love story, one sensual romance and the other sisterly loyalty, anchors the plot, but the real star here is Caraval and its secrets. Immersive and engaging . . . destined to capture imaginations.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"This twisty, terrifically fun page-turner is ideal for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Neil Gaiman's Stardust, and fantasy novels where relationships between sisters drive the plot, such as The Hunger Games. VERDICT: A must-have fantasy debut for high school collections." ―SLJ
“Rich, vivid scene-setting and descriptions make for entertaining reading . . . a colorful, imaginative fantasy with some steamy romance for good measure.” ―ALA Booklist
About the Author
Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she's not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She would love to hear from you on social media.
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This is going to sound like a negative review even though I rated it 4 stars because while I absolutely loved the first 90%, the last 10% of it changed my rating from a 5 star to a 4 star. The ending was SO disappointing considering how much I loved the first 90% of the novel. And on top of how this story concluded, I'm not sure I like how it was left open to continue. But like the first 90%? SO good.
The characters, the setting, the magic, and literally everything else was so good. I liked seeing how Scarlett grew throughout the novel from fearing her father and his punishments to understanding that she was magic. I thought that Scarlett was a great character to narrate this one because she wholeheartedly believed in the magic of Caraval to begin with and seeing her amazement and wonderment as we traveled through and solved the different clues was almost as much fun as trying to figure out what was happening.
I liked the setting as well. I thought everything was beautifully described and so vivid in my mind. I could easily picture everything that was used in this novel and if I could control what I dreamt about, I could probably place myself in the world of Caraval. It was the right mix of real world and fantastical so that the reader could ground themselves in reality while expanding upon their imagination to create the rest.
Now for the ending. *sighs* Not only was it confusing af but it was the biggest deus ex machina I've ever read in my entire life. For those of you who are unaware of the meaning/trope in literature, deus ex machina is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. And man, I don't want to give it away but it was ridiculous how easily everything was solved at the end considering how much tension there was. The fact that [spoiler]the "players" just magically came back to life after was stupid af and only in there so that Scarlett and Julian could continue their romance in the next novel tbh[/spoiler]. I was just super not impressed with the ending, especially after how much I enjoyed the first 90% of the novel.
Am I still going to get my pre-order? Yes. Am I still going to read the next novel? Yes. Am I happy with how this ended? No. I would recommend checking this out from the library. But if you pre-ordered it, I would keep that receipt close just in case.
yourself to magic in this world."
I fell in love with this book from day one when I read the premise, and I definitely was not disappointed when actually reading the book. Talk about some amazing world-building! It was even more incredible than I could have ever hoped for it to be.
From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment while reading Caraval. It was just an enigma wrapped in magic and deception. One minute you think you have the story and the characters all figured out, the next minute the storyline takes you on a completely different direction! There were just so many twists, turns, and puzzles that every page leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat.
“It looked like a storybook come to life. She peered down at bright pointy rooftops, moss-covered towers, gingerbread cottages, gleaming gold
bridges, blue-brick streets, and bubbling fountains, all lit by candled lamps that hung everywhere, giving an appearance of time that was neither
day nor night.”
Caraval is a magical game that is played once a year. Not everyone can go, but the lucky ones are sent tickets, and once they arrive they are able to choose if they'd like to watch the game or actually play the game. The story follows two sisters voyage to Isla de los Sueños, after being invited to attend this years Caraval. Here, a mystery must be solved, but as every participant has been told repeatedly- It's only a game!
Scarlett and Donatella had a beautiful sibling dynamic, the protectiveness they tend to develop when they are left to fend for themselves. Oh and who doesn't absolutely love the added touch of an abusively powerful father and absent mother. While this book had all the elements to create the perfect heroine, this is where it came up short. Between perfectly placed opportunities, scarlet could have been the ideal character, abused but strong, loving yet un-trusting of the world, and ultimately surprising. But she just wasn't. I mean yes I did like her, but I could have loved her you see. Between being indecisive and uncertain, she seemed to keep emphasizing a very false sense of caution. I mean if you were so worried about your sister getting lost in the caraval, why whisp away time playing into their hands. I mean yes, if a person is only mildly concerned, they will fret and then go on about whatever they were doing, but when you suspect her life may be in danger, wouldn't you be tearing the world in two to find them?
I think mainly Scarlett's bravery seemed slightly more exaggerated than the reality of her actions. She wasn't the heroine I usually adore, but I did like her very much though.
"Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it's a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold onto. But not much is needed."
Although Caraval didn't really feel like it took place in a circus/carnival like I was hoping it would, the world building was still very mystical. Clues and objects are paid in your deepest secrets, greatest fear, or even days of your life. There are tunnels that drive you mad and make you question what is real and what is simply part of the game. Caraval was just full of so many surprises that'll keep you turning the page. I had so many theories right from the very beginning that kept changing and evolving as the story progressed. I was so immersed in trying to crack the big mystery that was Caraval and Legend. Remember that it's just a game. But is it really? ;) This book will definitely leave you with more questions than answers in the end so prepare to be mind blown!
I definitely can't wait for book two because something tells me that Stephanie has more tricks and magic up her sleeve for her readers! :) I highly recommend it!
Caraval takes us to an island where sisters Donatella and Scarlett live under the thumb of their tough father. Long story short, an elaborate ruse to escape brings them to the crazy true life game of Caraval. Nothing is as it seems and the description and setting is unbelievable. Julian the sailor who helps in their escape seems to know a little bit too much about the games. I love the few love stories in this novel but they do not overpower the overall story. The love between the sisters is inspiring. A few moments in the novel had me gasping and I love when the unexpected happens in YA fiction. Stephanie Garber is unbelievably talented as an author and I am beyond happen to learn this is going to be a series
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