Review: Caraval

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Physical book
Rating: ★★★★


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.

I had high hopes for this book before I started reading. I know that a lot of people love it and I can certainly see why. It’s an interesting book that kept me on my toes, with each page I didn’t know what to expect. I enjoyed this book a lot but it wasn’t something I absolutely loved.


Our main character is Scarlett who has been under her father’s control for so long that she doesn’t know any other way of life. I enjoyed Scarlett’s character. I admired her dedication to her sister as it reminded me of my younger sister and how I would do anything for her just like Scarlett would do anything for Tella. She was also a strong character who wasn’t afraid to show her weaknesses which I liked.

I liked Julian as a love interest. I thought he was a sweet little bean who ended up being so much more than I had originally thought. I do wish that I had gotten a little more from him in the beginning rather than at the very end but I understand why a lot of his character was left to be mysterious.


This book had a lot of different twists and turns which were fun to read. I do think that plot was pretty genius and unique. It was definitely the strongest part of the book for me. There were a lot of scenes that I thought were really clever and I love how in the end it all came together.

I also enjoyed the writing. It wasn’t really anything special. It was clear and easy to follow which for complex the plot was really worked for the book.

Overall Thoughts

I enjoyed this book a lot and I can see why so many people loved it. Hopefully once I’m caught up on the abundance of reviews I have to write as well as ARCs to read I’ll get to read the 2nd book. I’m actually really excited to read about Tella, especially after how Caraval ended.

Did you guys like this series? What did you think of it?

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