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Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Remember, it’s only a game…
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. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
Literally everybody has been raving about this book and I still haven’t seemed to pick it up even though I’ve had it for over a year. I thought it sounded super interesting at the time and this was back when I was on bookstagram buy auto-pilot. Basically anything I saw somehow ended up on my shelf. Now that the sequel is out and a third book was announced I feel like I’ve put this one off long enough. Sometimes I feel like the last person on earth to have read something.
Have you read this? Do you enjoy circus-inspired books? Let me know in the comments!