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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