Caraval Book Review

Caraval is the first book in the trilogy by Stephanie Garber.



Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.


Join the Caraval where nothing is what is seems and magic is in play. Caraval is a well placed book that follows Scarlett as she tries to find her sister in Caraval.

I loved Scarlett as she grew more confident in the game that is Caraval. Throughout the story we see Scarlett sacrifice herself for sister to willing to stand for herself to her father and ultimately save her sisters life.

The pairing of Scarlett and Julian was perfect and I really enjoyed that it wasn’t love at first glance but a steady growth that happened throughout the book. With the heartache and the pure joy, this pairing was very well done.

There was a great number of twists and turns and the ultimate truth of the game of Caraval wasn’t what I was expecting. The epilogue leaves a good cliffhanger that has me intrigued for Legendary.

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