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"Welcome, welcome to Caraval--Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved 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 far-away, 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. 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, New York : Flatiron Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250095251
Characteristics: 407 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Apr 30, 2021

Caraval is a captivating story that will have readers desperate for more with its unique, lovely plot. Scarlett’s father has arranged her marriage, and she thinks her dreams of seeing the legendary Caraval, a show that involves the audience in an adventurous situation, are dead. However, that very year, an invitation arrives and Scarlett, with her younger sister Tella, sneaks off with the help of a sailor to the Caraval. Upon arrival, her sister is taken by the master and Scarlett desperately tries to win the show to get back her sister. Throughout this jam-packed story, there is the underlying romance without which the story would be incomplete. I 100% recommend this to anyone looking for an enchanting story full of adventure.

Apr 16, 2021

Scarlett Dragna is bound to marry a man she’s never met, just because her father wants her to. So both Scarlett and her sister, Donatella leave their father’s island to take part in a popular performance called Caraval. When they arrive, Donatella is suddenly kidnapped and Scarlett is forced into a game to get her sister back. Playing the game to its fullest, Scarlett is determined to get her sister back by being the first to find her.
I had no idea this book existed until my brother introduced it to me. When I read it, I was surprised at how the world Stephanie Garber created, worked. There was magic and mystery, something that was entertaining. I recommend reading this book if you want something that keeps you entertained, or company, as a person would.

pacl_teens Apr 12, 2021

"Enter the world of Caraval, a yearly performance where those invited play to solve riddles hidden throughout the game. The prize is a wish. After years of requesting tickets from the game-organizer, a man who calls himself Legend, Scarlett Dragna receives three tickets. Betraying her cruel father, she and her dearest sister, Tella, leave their island with the help of a sailor named Julian. Soon after arriving at Caraval, Scarlett realizes that her sister has been taken away by Legend. Now, Scarlett must navigate her way through the twisty, magical world of Caraval if she wants any hope of finding her sister. She must win the game.
I loved being transported into this magical world through vivid descriptions where I never quite knew what was real, and what was just a performance. I enjoyed the setting, a lot, and the plot-twist at the end was perfect. The scenes in this book were unique, and there were many fictional components that I have never seen before. The only part I disliked was that there were some minor plot-holes, and the protagonist had some character flaws.
But overall, I would recommend this book, (and the entire trilogy), to teens and adults who enjoy fantasy and would like to enter a very interesting world." - Grace, Grade 8

Mar 13, 2021

For fear of giving anything away, I will not tell you too much about this book. However, I will say with absolute confidence that you will never guess the ending. Garber does an excellent job of circumventing your every expectation in the story, not giving you what you expect, but always giving you what you need. Using the colorful backdrop of Caraval, Garber is able to weave a fantastical game of intrigue that will leave you with far more questions than answers. Where is Donatella? What is Julian really after? And who in this world is Legend?

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Really loved this! Such a unique idea and a vibrant and colourful story.

Mar 05, 2021

Despite this being a book for the "younger" amongst us, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I devoured it. It definitely gives you pause to think about your OWN life, our inner Tella and Scarlett, and our lives, and situations in our lives which can at time mirror Caraval. With the author's descriptive phrases I truly felt the magic in the book and at times wished Caraval were REAL. A dress for 5 secrets? Or another trinket for 2 days of your life. Sugar cubes that give you strength, or silver sheets of rain. Air that is sweet. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.

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.

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?

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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