Caraval by Stephanie Garber

New book reviewwwwwwww 😀

Hi again bookworms !

I have finally found the time for Caraval !! ❤ ❤ ❤

Boy oh boy, this book had loads of hype around it and was getting me curious and curious so I finally read it !

And guess what ? I LOVED IT ! I had never read anything circussy (if that is even a word lol) before !

Stephanie Garber is brilliant in creating this whole new magical world unlike I read about before ! yay!

I’m just gonna start by talking about the book cover. I have purchased the hardback version (of course lol). Upon feeling it, it’s nice and smooth and kinda feels like velvet, I think that the artwork chosen is really cool too and it matches with the story, magical and mysterious !

Upon removing the book sleeve I was soooo happy to see the hardcover ❤ it actually has a golden carnival tent printed on it ! It looks really nice on top of the black background. By the way ! Calling all collectors, the hard cover books come in different golden prints ! Apart from the circus tent like I have there are three more different ones ! One with a dress, a clock and a rose ! Omg I am so tempted to buy all of them…hah.

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The book also has a very cool map of Caraval, I love it when they have maps, I always flick through it along the way of reading the story to see where the characters are.

I would recommend this book to anyone who:

  • Love magic, DUH ! 😛
  • Loves the circus and its mystery ! also DUH :p
  • Enjoys a good unique story every once in a while
  • Enjoys some suspense ! 😀
  • Loves a good hint of romance 😉

Anyways :), about the story:

The story is about two sisters, Scarlet and Donatella. From ever since they were little girls they have been told the most beautiful stories of the magical Caraval and it’s ringmaster, Master Legend himself.

They dreamt of going to the Caraval after every story they were told, their eyes wide and attentive each time someone spoke to them about it.

But Scarlet and Donatella were not the luckiest of the royal young maidens, their mother ran away from home a long time ago and left them alone with their evil father. He was a cruel man, so cruel that he beat the girls often if he felt that they disobeyed him.

“It’s better this way, sister. There’s more to life than staying safe…” ― Stephanie GarberCaraval

When the time came he arranged for Scarlet to marry, a man of whom he had chosen of course. Scarlet was happy at first, thinking that this marriage can be her way out of her father’s clutches. But what about her sister Tella? She can’t leave her behind.

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

She loved her sister, she really did. She always thought of ways to make her happy and to keep her safe. Scarlet had also been trying for the past seven years to convince Master Legend to come with the Caraval to their island so she can take her sister there on her birthday.

For seven straight years she sent the letters, he finally replied.

He finally replied to her saying that the Caraval is no longer travelling and that it is also now, by invitation only. As a gesture of goodwill he gives her two invitations.

And here our story begins.

(I will not go into too much detail as to not spoil the story for you) ❤

The journey to Caraval begins, and the girl’s lives are about to change forever.

Caraval is known for its wild magic, not many people are capable of handling it. Scarlet soon has to push herself to her limits when she discovers that Master Legend has taken her sister ! And that the object of this year’s game is to find Donatella !!!

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.” ― Stephanie GarberCaraval

Scarlet will encounter many different things from, dresses with minds of their own, shifting rooms, unfair and crazy bargains, mysterious people, scary tunnels and so so much more !

Master legend was known to challenge his players to their breaking point, all are warned of the risks before playing but hear now, whoever wins the Caraval will win a wish.

Many that have played the game of Caraval have been driven into madness, there have been deaths aswell…..would you play the game of Caraval? I would.

How will Scarlet find Donatella in time before Caraval is over? How will she know if she is alive?

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.” ― Stephanie GarberCaraval

Fear not, Scarlet will have some help 😉 , but don’t think it will be easier, Master Legend enjoyed playing games, and those games may not be so fair most of the time.

A story full of adventure, magic, imagination and romance ! I could not put this book down once I started it! I really enjoyed it. A different type of fantasy/YA.

I keep wondering if there will every be a second book about this one…hmm maybe yes? Maybe no? I don’t know.

Thank you so much for reading 🙂

As always,



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