Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Remember, it’s only a game…

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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


I want to start by saying that I love Owlcrate and almost all the books I’ve received from them. However, Caraval By Stephanie Garber just wasn’t my cup of tea. My expectations were higher than they should have been going into this book. I’ve been greatly disappointed. The book itself seems cliché. The metaphors don’t make sense and are sometimes confusing. It is not well written at all in my opinion. The similes are beyond simple and completely dry. Example: it smelled like the middle of the night. I’m not saying it should be completely complex but definitely add some more details, please. The way the shades of color were being used to describe Scarlett’s feeling had me disconnected from her. Scarlett’s character lacked personality and her sister was simply too reckless. I did not finish this book as I was bored and annoyed while reading. I hope Stephanie Garber’s writing flourishes in her next book as this was only a debut. 

Nevertheless, should you chose to purchase and read this book it can be found on The Book Depository. Using the link below you can visit the site to purchase your own copy.

Page: 401 

Format: Hardcover 

Rating: 1/5



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