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Caraval Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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“Caraval is The Night Circus Jr., with a dash of Alice in Wonderland and a sprinkle of Fantasy Island. If blood and madness, ‘shameless curves and immoral promises’ entice you, well, come to the cabaret.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus in this tale of two sisters enmeshed in a deadly game. Grade: A-” ―Entertainment Weekly
“There are elements of Neil Gaiman fantasy, Wizard of Oz, and Hunger Games killer competitiveness in Stephanie Garber’s debut. But what’s most impressive is how original her wondrous Caraval really is. Garber creates a world brimming with energy, mystery, surprises, backstabbing, and even some unforeseen romance.” ―USA Today
“Spellbinding.” ―US Weekly
“A magnificent debut, and a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This twisty, terrifically fun page-turner is ideal for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Neil Gaiman's Stardust, and fantasy novels where relationships between sisters drive the plot, such as The Hunger Games. VERDICT: A must-have fantasy debut for high school collections." ―School Library Journal
“Caraval sweeps you into a treacherous and romantic world that takes center stage in this story of two sisters and their longing for more.” ―Justine
“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love and betrayal. I lost myself in this dangerous, enchanting world―and never wanted to come out.” ―Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember In the Ashes and A Torch in the Night
“Enchanting and mysterious, Stephanie Garber's Caraval is a story rich with sumptuous detail, beautifully written.” ―Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
“Caraval shimmers with magic. This is an inventive, delightful tale with several aces up its sleeve." ―Marie Rutkoski, New York Times bestselling author of the Winner's Trilogy
“In a book where nothing is at it appears, one thing is certain: Caraval is the darkly enchanting adventure you’ve been looking for!” ―Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken and Paranormalcy
“A decadent and enchanting tale. Caraval will sink its teeth into you, and you will not want to leave.” ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
“A tale of sisterly devotion painted in colors of cerise and shimmering gold. If you ever wondered how it would feel to step into a living dream, here's your ticket.” ―Stacey Lee, critically acclaimed author of Outrun the Moon
“Stephanie Garber doesn't just dazzle―she makes me believe.” ―Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane
“Caraval delights the senses: beautiful and scary, described in luscious prose, this is a show readers will wish they could enter. A double love story, one sensual romance and the other sisterly loyalty, anchors the plot, but the real star here is Caraval and its secrets. Immersive and engaging . . . destined to capture imaginations.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Readers invested in the sisters’s fates (not to mention the outcome of steamy will-they-or-won’t-the? tension between Scarlett and Julian) will hang on tight and enjoy the ride. Garber’s darkly beautiful and brutal magical world is the star here, full of luscious details that invite readers to linger.” ―The Horn Book
“An enchanting mix of mystery, romance, and magic, this immerses readers in its gorgeous setting with lush prose. The setting is a captivating blend of beauty and danger . . . the chemistry between Scarlett and Julian is intoxicating. Readers will want a return ticket to this one.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Rich, vivid scene-setting and descriptions make for entertaining reading . . . a colorful, imaginative fantasy with some steamy romance for good measure.” ―ALA Booklist
About the Author
Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she's not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She would love to hear from you on social media.
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We are first introduced to sisters Scarlett and Donatella who live on the conquered Isle of Trisda. The book opens with the letters Scarlett has written to Caraval Master Legend, the mind behind the famously magical game of Caraval. Scarlett is enticed by the promise of the magic in this game, and desperately wants to get an invite for herself and her sister. We also learn that Scarlett and Tella live in an abusive household, their vindictive father punishes them by beating the other sister.
Scarlett and Tell have a close relationship and truly love each other. While the relationship between Scarlett and Tella was both strong and heartwarming, the overall world-building left something to be desired. Where were these conquered Isles? How is their world run? These are questions that are never answered throughout the story. However, I was able to overlook this because we are quickly immersed into the magical, exciting game in Caraval.
When Scareltt finally gets an invite to the game, she is hesitant. She has an upcoming engagement to a blind suitor that she is almost certain will save her and Tella from their abusive father. However after a kidnapping by the handsome and mysterious Julian, Scarlett soon finds herself in the heart of Caraval.
While Scarlett’s world may have lacked world-building, Caraval was magical. It reminded me a bit of Wonderland with its kooky shops and characters. When the players shopped or searched for clues, they often paid in secrets, fears and desires rather than money. Scarlett is quickly thrust into the game, searching for her missing sister. What I loved about the book is that I had no idea what was supposed to be part of this “game” and what was real. I was constantly on edge and guessing- the other reviews aren’t lying when they say you can’t trust anyone.
There is also some romance for all us fangirls and shippers. Julian was very swoony! Even though it is fairly obvious from the beginning Julian has his fair share of secrets, I really enjoyed his and Scarlett’s relationship. They had some very tender moments but these moments didn’t overshadow the overall goal of the game- to find Scarlett’s sister. I actually really enjoyed the romantic aspect of this book. It added to Scarlett’s overall character development and played an important part in the story.
The ending itself was also very satisfying. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but definitely left me wanting MORE! Caraval was the right mix of action, twists and character development. I highly recommend this unique debut in the YA genre. I hope you enjoy it!
This dark carnival swept readers away to an isle of wants and desires but remember... its only a game.
I devoured this book getting lost in the twists and beauty that is Caraval. So did this book live up to its incredible hype? Mostly yes, it was a whirlwind of lies, deception, and love that I really enjoyed. Scarlett was an interesting main character. She and her sister Tella have suffered physical and emotional abuse from the hands of their father. Which I believe damaged them greatly. Each decision was made with the fear of what their father would think. Essentially Scarlett was not this strong willed character that I was used to reading. She was nervous and scared, but as I read I understood why she was that way. She was only strong for Tella, but even then her strength only went so far.
I really enjoyed the magical and carnival excitement that was created in Caraval. Many early readers were comparing this novel to The Night Circus, which is a book that I have yet to read! There aren't too many YA novels with a circus type theme. The isle was a whimsical and magical place, however, I found myself looking for more mystery and fantasy. Scarlett can see emotions in colors, but I wanted more of Caraval. I wanted Scarlett to get swept away in shadowy corners, drink sweet wine, and struggle with the thoughts of rescuing her sister. One aspect of Caraval, that left me wondering was the lack of food. I don't think it was mentioned once that the characters ate breakfast or dinner. I thought this would have been a perfect place to explore exotic foods and drink from other places.
The end of the novel really did sell me on the whole thing. It wasn't what I was expecting in the least! Which is fantastic because that added to the sense of intrigue that came with Caraval! I thought Julian, Scarlett's love interest, was very swoon worthy! He added that level of lust and mystery that Caraval really needed. I am excited to see where this series goes. I think the world of Caraval can be explored so much further. I hope Scarlett's journey takes her beyond the isle or maybe she finds herself face to face with Legend! Overall, I gave it 5 stars! Pick up Caraval for yourself and see how far you get swept away!
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An exquisitely crafted story that lures you in by the title alone, Caraval is a story of intrigue and love like no other.Read more