“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What It’s About..
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.
I know there are few that would beg to differ, but for me this book was dark and magical. Nothing like anything I’ve ever read! I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland, in a world that was splendid, yet didn’t make any sense.
“Remember, don’t let your eyes or feelings trick you.”
I do have to say that there was one character that bothered me, and it was Scarlett. While I don’t blame her for being secluded on an island & sheltered by her father, I found her rather annoying at times. She was incredibly naïve and hopeless..the opposite of the strong female leads I’m used to. But on the same note, it was very refreshing. Even though she was weak (in my opinion), her will and determination to finish the game and find her sister were admirable. I particularly liked Julian. He may have appeared to be a bit of a ladies’ man in the beginning, but he had a lot of redeeming qualities as the story progressed and quickly became my favourite character.
This story had it all in my opinion: adventure, tragedy, mystery & happy endings..
Personally, I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment!!
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Who was your favourite or not-so favourite character?
Any plans to read Legendary?