Caraval by Stephanie Garber
First Book in Series
Published: 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Scarlett and her sister, Tella, have always dreamt of attending Caraval. Caraval is a performance/game where nothing is quite what it seems. As part of the game, Tella is kidnapped, and Scarlett must find her sister before it’s too late.
I was swept away into this book. Stephanie Garber describes this rich world of magic and intrigue that has so much depth. It has hints of a dark fairytale and from the very first page to the last, I was hooked on every word.
The pacing was perfect, there wasn’t a single chapter where I felt I wasn’t interested on what happened next to Scarlett. The intrigue and suspense was kept up through out the book, and just like Scarlett, you’re never sure what’s real or what’s not. It keeps you guessing at every turn.
I loved the mystery nature of the characters, especially the organiser of Caraval, Legend. I was never really sure who Scarlett could trust. There’s romance and potential love interests through out the book but it never overwhelms or hinders the pace.
The story left me wanting more, and I would love to see this developed into a movie. The imagery was so vivid that I can only imagine that it would look stunning on screen.
Caraval is a wondrous escape into a magical world with mystery and magical intrigue. I couldn’t put it down and I cannot wait to start the next book in the trilogy.