Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Remember its only a…….book review

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

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Worth the hype or overrated?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber was by far my favorite book of the month.  This is a such a great read!!!  I couldn’t put it down. At first, Caraval seems like it is a straight forward story but, much like the game itself,  it is not what it seems.  This book provides twists and turns at every corner. As the story progressed, I found myself needing to read just one more chapter.

The story begins with letters from Scarlett to Legend, the leader of Caraval- a game played once a year in a far off destination.  Scarlett dreams of going to Caraval with her sister Tella.  She has never left the Island where she lives under the watchful eye of their powerful and cruel father.  On the year that Scarlett is to be married in an arranged marriage, three tickets to Caraval arrive.  Scarlett is whisked away to the magical and secretive Caraval.  She is assured that everything she sees is all part of the game but as the game progresses and the stakes become higher. Scarlett is not sure of anything.

Tella is the prize of this year’s performance and Scarlett has 5 nights to find her.  Nobody is what they seem and everything has a purpose in the game from  the smells to the clothes. I don’t want to ruin the book by giving away its magic but, I’ve never read a book like it.  This book is part magic but with a dark twist and a  little bit of a psychological thriller all at the same time.  You can never be sure its its cupcakes and roses or poison on the other side of the door.

I adored this book as evident by the fact that I took if from Kirsten before she could read it and then I promptly bought myself my own copy.  Ill be reading it again- more slowly this time- to savor every last detail!!!!

Have you read this book yet? If so what did you think?