OMG. This book! I was just dying to have it in my hands, and the moment I started I couldn't put it down. Which, side note, is NOT the best way to go. I tend to devour books like a starving wolf instead of taking my sweet time, and slowly enjoy every word. No matter how many times I tell myself to slow my roll, it just doesn't happen. Le sigh.
But back to this amazing book.
First, the premise. It's exciting and original, a story about sisters and creepy in a good way. The book is full of twist and turns, the writing is spot on and echoes the vibrancy of its setting. By that I mean, it's hard not to imagine COLOR as you're reading. Stephanie Garber nailed the prose and told the story beautifully—it's SO descriptive! As a writer, I tip my hat off to you. I LOVE the feeling you get when you're diving into a new book, and immediately you get the sense that you're in good hands. You can trust this author to deliver, to transport you so deep into the story that you're feeling everything the characters are. And holy crap, does Stephanie put you through the ringer! I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading. Like Scarlett, you just don't know who to trust.
I loved everything about it—ESPECIALLY the epilogue. OH. EM. GEE. I can't wait for the next one. Please already be writing it, Stephanie!
CARAVAL has so much going for it (and the romance is super sweet, too!), I highly recommend you pick this one up!
And, here's the official description:
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.