Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Finished reading Caraval from Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval
Writer: Stephanie Garber
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: 401 pages
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover

The book in three words: Secretive, Promising, Surprising


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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.


I finalized Caraval in a day but had to wait a week to make a decision about it. The book wasgood and promising, even intriguing, there’s no doubt in that. It swept away your mundaneness and took you to the game where everything was as promised. I Loved it how it grabbed my attention immediately.

The plot was nice and this means exactly that. It started as a regular fantasy and evolved into the game. It is true that this book was hyped and seems that I have a habit of forgetting these are made for teenagers. The naivety in the pages was sometimes exhausting.

As an adult, I would have wished to get a little bit more about the world and character development. Seems that Scarlett and Tella did not learn much and the romance in the book started to feel annoying at some point. Luckily Julian saved the day on that regard and there were other multidimensional characters available.

I gave this book four stars out of five. The book was entertaining and at points even scary, but some deep level was not achieved.

The characters might be the problem why I did not give five stars out of five. Maybe the personalities of the protagonists did not speak to me. First I thought I liked Tella more but then Scarlett started to grow on me. Both ladies were smart and their personalities promising but something was amiss.

Best quotes from Caraval

”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, #1)

”No one is truly honest. Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.

Stephanie Garber, Caraval (Caraval, #1)

”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 Garber, Caraval (Caraval, #1)

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