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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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Even though it’s still 2016, and this book comes out in January of 2017, I’m very confident in saying this is going to be my favorite 2017 read.
Cover Rating: This cover is lovely and whimsical and matches the tone of this novel really well. I cannot wait to get my hardcover edition!
Swoonworthiness: There are multiple swoonworthy characters in this book, but “mysterious sailor” Julian certainly delivers in the romantic interest department. And the end of this book hints at yet another potential swoonworthy character for the next book. (Please, PLEASE tell me there will be LOTS more books!)
Adventure Level: The world in this book is absolutely spell-binding and would be enough to keep you glued to this story on its own. However, the characters also have to solve a series of clues in order to win “the game.” These clues are by no means easy to uncover, and solving them puts the players in very intense situations that will keep you turning those pages.
Mashup: This book is The Night Circus meets The Crown’s Game but more intense. The Night Circus is one of my all time favorites because of its amazing visuals, but I loved Caraval even more. Not only does it deliver in the imagery department like The Night Circus does, but it also has an incredibly strong plot. Like The Crown’s Game, the players participate in a very high-stakes competition, but there area a lot more players in this game, and it all goes down in an even more engrossing setting.
Why You Should Read This Book: If I haven’t given you enough reasons in all of my above gushing to go and pre-order this book IMMEDIATELY, then here are a few more specifics:
The characters are likable yet flawed and constantly keep you guessing. You’ll fall in love withScarlett from the very beginning and keep rooting for her all the way through. Her sister Tella will drive you crazy and make you adore her at the same time. You’ll want to fall in love with Julian, but you know you can’t trust anyone in this cast, not during Caraval. The mysterious Legend is intriguing to say the very least and will leave you wanting more. There’s also some baddies that you will just love to hate.
Garber’s writing is just gorgeous. She brings the world, which drips with magic, wonder, and luxury, to life with her sensuous descriptions that include taste, touch, smell, and color in a way that will make you feel like you are actually there. For example:
Somehow the battered space still managed to smell like Tella. Sharp molasses and wild dreams.
The plot is done perfectly. It twists, turns, and leaves you guessing until the very end.
I simply cannot get enough of this book or recommend it highly enough. I will be anxiously awaiting my hardcover copy to get here on January 31st, so I can experience the magic all over again.
It took seven years to get the letter right.
It was about the same size as her village on Trisda, but it felt spectacularly bigger, the way a word feels bigger with an exclamation point tacked onto it.
Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.
So this was like the book version of the move THE GAME starring Sean Penn and Michael Douglas except instead of taking place in the city in the present it takes place in the past and adds random magic to account for things that couldn't be explained. It followed the plot of that movie so closely that nothing surprised me and I knew exactly what was going to happen at every single "twist and turn". For me, there was no magic.
I didn't hate it, because I happened to love that movie, but it was nothing like all the hype made it out to be.
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!
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