Book Review : Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Title :  Caraval

 By : Stephanie Garber

Published :  January 31st 2017

By :  Flatiron Books

Genre :  Fantasy–Historical Fiction – YA– Romance

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.



“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 yourself magic in this world.”


Wow, I really love this book!, the key word here is Magical.

I’m sorry this review can’t be as long or plentiful as ever, but time is tyrant, I promise you anyway that all my feelings and thoughts will be here.

I knew from before reading it that this was a very beloved book and has been well accepted by readers and due to its great hype, I must confess that I was a little scared, I don’t generally like the books that everyone likes haha, I have a problem with that.
On the other hand, that hasn’t happend here,this is a captivating book and catches you from minute one.

The plot is catchy and addictive, you start and it’s very difficult to leave, since you want to know what will happen next. It has a great use of the elements of mystery!, I have really loved the way the story unfolds and instead of having answers you have more and more questions, until you find yourself wrapped in a dark and fantastic world where nothing is what is seems.
It’s misleading and it will make a mess in your head


“No one is truly honest,” Nigel answered. “Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”

The main characters are very well developed, I appreciate the variety of personalities, since you will always feel fond of some of them,I adore the sisterhood relationship that the girls have, and only grows along with the plot. Both are so different and yet I have loved them both so much.

The world building is charming, magical and beautiful, it really has caught me, and the descriptions are adequate and you feel as if you were there, which is great, I really hope everyone has the opportunity to read this book, because I can guarantee you never read something like this before, or at least I never did

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

I’m sure I’ll be reading anything that Stephanie Garber writes from now on, her writing style is magical, and I know that I use this word a lot but it’s the one that best describes the whole book and what it represents, so I’m dying to read the sequel and I’ll surely be re-reading this later.


I recommend it for those who feel like going into a magical , unique and mysterious world!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did it 🙂


4.5 / 5 Stars

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23 thoughts on “Book Review : Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  1. Yaaay! I am so happy that you have liked this book. It’s one of my favourite book so far in 2017💗. Great review that does justice of the magic, complex characters and plot-twist filled storyline😄

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  2. Interesting fact – when I talked to her she said that it’s so hard to keep straight what’s real and not real because she wrote alternate scenes and never really knew which way she was going to go with it. And she said she was originally going to kill off Julian before they even got to the island! That would have been tragic! He was my favourite!

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    • It must have been so intense for her to write this book, it is very easy to lose if you are not focused, that is very interesting! And it’s so good that she has kept Julian alive! I think he’s a very necessary character in the plot, besides I really like him 😍

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  3. Nice review, Sofii! I’m so glad to hear that it lived up to the hype for you! I have it sitting on my shelf waiting for me… so hopefully I’ll be able to get to it sometime soon!!

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  4. […] ☕️Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber : Beyond the fact that this was a book with a lot of hype at the time, I actually, get into it without even reading the synopsis, because honestly I almost always tend to hate the books that everyone loves so I wanted to read it because I felt it that way, and I just did it. There’s something so magical and captivating about this book, you just have to read the first pages to realize you’ll love it. What I love the most about it, is how the mystery is handled within the plot, because despite not being a mystery book but rather a fantasy, she handles this theme in an extraordinary way, and for a mystery lover as I am, this won my heart. Also the writing style is beautiful, I can’t wait to read Legendary, many of you have spoken to me about it so I’m excited even though I know I’ll have to re-read this one before finally reading the next one (MY REVIEW) […]


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