“She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black”(Garber 251–252).
Goodreads synopsis: Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.
Rating: 5 STARS!!! 😍
Spoiler-free review: Where can I get a ticket to go to Caraval? Actually, where can I get a Julian?? (Yes, Julian is the super hot guy from this book. 😂)
WOWOWOWOWOW!!! Wow! This book was absolutely magical and I enjoyed reading it so much!! The first time I heard of Caraval was during an episode of Marissa Meyer’s podcast, where she interviewed Stephanie Garber, the author of the Caraval Trilogy. And after I finished listening to the episode, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book because it sounded so intriguing! They also talked about Caraval having Alice and Wonderland vibes, and I totally agree! There were voluminous gowns adorned with bows and buttons, vibrant flowers sprinkled throughout the game, and magic and madness enveloping it all. It was extraordinary! But my favorite part would have to be… THE ROMANCE!!! No one is surprised. 😂 It was so adorable and I really loved it! ❤️
Furthermore, the author uses different colors to illustrate Scarlett’s feelings, which I found to be so interesting to read about! For example, periwinkle is the color of happy endings and sweet dreams, while brilliant orange-red is the color of bravery (Garber 309, 268). How cool is that?? Therefore, the imagery and descriptions that the author includes in Caraval are absolutely amazing, and it was as if the setting of this book was coming to life before my eyes. I don’t have words to describe how wonderful the writing was!!
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for those who love all things Alice and Wonderland! Caraval was full of excitement, adventure, mystery, romance, and especially magic! It’s definitely a must-read!! 😊
Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day! Have you ever read Caraval before? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments!! ❤️—Rishika
Citation for picture: Garber, Stephanie. “Caraval.” McMillan, images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250095251.jpg.