A review by leahlovesloslibros
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Scarlett Dragna has always wanted to go to Caraval. When her sister Donatella finds a way for them both to go, and for Scarlett to escape her arranged marriage and their dangerous father, she has a hard time declining the offer. When she finally arrives, Scarlett is quickly whisked into the magic of the game, and has a hard time keeping a grip on reality, despite the constant warnings that Caraval is just a game. Can she and Tella make it out alive before she gets too caught up in the world of Caraval and has no way to escape?

After having read it years ago and it being one of my favorite books, I reread this book in 2021 in anticipation of the release of Garber's new book, Once Upon a Broken Heart. Even the second time around, it did not disappoint. This will be one of my go-to recommendations for anyone looking for a fantasy set in a magical world where everything seems just a little bit too good to be true. 

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