Caraval

Caraval

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, 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 who she has just met, 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.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books ,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781250095251
1250095255
Branch Call Number: Y FIC GARB
Characteristics: 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 09, 2021

I love this world of magic and it's only the beginning. The line between reality and imagination is so thin and blurred. There are very few rules in this world and everything comes at a cost that can't be paid in money.

The relationship between the sisters is shown without having them together for most of the book. We follow Scarlett the 'boring' sister who wants stability and safety which gives us an interesting perspective as she travels through a chaotic world in an attempt to save her sister. This book shows the power of sisterly love.

The sisters are trying to escape their father who is controlling and abusive and have very different ideas about what the best way is to do this. Scarlett thinks her arranged marriage will save her but Tella disagrees and makes her own plans.

I love the tension between Julian and Scarlett, as you can see that he is hiding something (because everyone has a secret in this game) yet he keeps being drawn back to her. In the end his secrets are revealed and they are kind of bombshells but don't end up coming between the couple.

This book explores a lot about ethics as you see bystanders who see something bad happening but do not do anything to stop it. This is most seen in Scarlett's fiancee. He may not be a terrible man like her father but he won't stop the terrible men.

The book is just one constant stream of adrenaline as the stakes continue to increase throughout each step of the game.

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amberhen
Dec 13, 2020

Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a fantastic novel, filled with a blend of fairytale and romance. It follows the journey of Scarlett Dragna, our 17 year old protagonist living on the Conquered Isle of Trisda. After years of writing to the great Caraval master Legend in hopes of attending the extraordinary game that grants winners a magical reward, Scarlett’s letters are answered. She dreams of winning, and saving her sister Tella Dragna and herself from their abusive father. Much to her surprise, she finds out that this year’s game revolves around finding a kidnapped Tella. If she finds her sister, any wish she wants will be granted. If not, she’ll lose everything dear to her. Caraval is one of my favorite books. I adore the in depth descriptions of all things otherworldly, and you can easily imagine the entire layout of Caraval as you read. Reading this book is like digging your fork into a delightful cake, beautifully decorated on the outside, and even more decadent and rich on the inside. One of the best parts of this book is the gut wrenching plot twists that really make you question everything you know about the story. For the few critiques I have: some of the characters may seem a bit cliche at times, and the romance trope is very predictable. However, I find that cliche isn’t always a bad thing. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre! Oh and be sure to keep in mind, as the members of Caraval will remind you upon entry, it’s all just a game. Or is it?

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p_h
Dec 08, 2020

The protagonist Scarlett Dragna is swept into a magical game called Caraval, which she will win if she manages to solve all of the clues and find her sister Donatella. Along the way, Scarlett faces lies and sacrifices and discovers the darker parts of the game. I really enjoyed this book, especially the ending. The plot twists were incredible, and I loved the vivid writing and characters. This series might be one of my favorites! If you enjoy reading fantasy and adventure, you’ll probably love it too!

This book has become one of my favorite books of all time because it was so engrossing!!! Caraval follows the story of a responsible, somewhat uptight character named Scarlet and her quest to find and save her sister, Donatella, by competing in the infamous game of Caraval. She, along with the help of a handsome sailor named Julian, need to solve a series of clues that will lead her to her sister who has been kidnapped by Legend, the mastermind organizer of the game. I honestly loved every single thing about this book, including the character and relationship development, romance, mystery, magic, and adventure. Not to mention plot twists! One of my favorite things about this novel was Garber's writing style because of how descriptive and magical it was! It felt as if I could imagine every single thing in the book, which greatly enhanced the experience of reading it! I could barely put the book down and would strongly recommend it to everyone out there!

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Alicorn1
Dec 04, 2020

I absolutely loved reading Caraval from beginning to end! The main protagonist, Scarlett, was a brilliant character who plays the game, Caraval, in order to save her sister from the infamous organizer, Legend. Scarlett tries to figure out the clues given in order to reach her sister first and finish the game with the help of a sailor, Julian. I think all of the characters were really well developed and their experiences were fascinating as they explored the world of Caraval. I especially enjoyed reading about the magic and mysteries of the game, as well as the many secrets and plot twists throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic, and adventure!

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LycheeLily
Nov 30, 2020

What an extraordinary tale. I loved every single description the author uses to enhance the setting and characters. As Scarlett traveled through Caraval, an annual magical competition, I could feel my enchanted self walking through the game with her. On the search to find her sister, Donatella, Scarlett works with Julian to solve the five clues provided to each participant of the competitive game. My personal favorite part of the book was watching Scarlett’s character and relationships develop, specifically that with Julian. Ultimately, with touches of romance and adventure, this fantastic book will capture your dreams and imaginations.

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ninasafranski
Nov 08, 2020

This book is spectacular! One of the most magical books I’ve read!

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blue_chicken_522
Sep 03, 2020

This is truly the most magical book I’ve ever read in my life. I binge-read the entire series in two days. Caraval is a wild experience for both the characters and readers alike. It’s Gillian Flynn meets Lewis Carroll….well sort of. Once I started this book, I found myself unable to pull myself away from its captivating pages. Very few books have taken me from its page into its landscape, and Caraval certainly did. I still ponder the ending of the series long after reading it. Stephanie Garber is truly a magician. Experience the magic, read Caraval.

I'm really glad that I can say I really enjoyed this book. I read it at a super busy time and sometimes that's hard because I couldn't sit down and just read, and it made the middle third seem a lot slower than it probably actually was, but by the third act I was fully hooked and I really enjoyed it. Julian was a love interest that was SO WELL WRITTEN, I'm still swooning, and what a cool world. Completely incomparable to stories like the Night Circus, Caraval was totally original and I really liked it.

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NikolexLane
Apr 23, 2020

This book was full of such magical whimsy. But it was dark. I loved pretty much every bit of it. I instantly fell for the characters and wanted the romance to work with every fiber of my being. At times Caraval felt like a fantastical thriller. There were twists and turns I had no idea were coming. Can’t wait to read Legendary.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

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“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.”

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

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