Okay, so I don’t think I have properly fangirled over a book on here yet, so the time has come! I just emerged from an intense binge-read of Caraval by Stephanie Garber and it was absolutely incredible! I have been reading a lot of YA Contemporary novels, so Caraval was a refreshing trip back into the world of fantasy. I am in love with this novel, and I wish I had a copy to keep (I checked mine out from the library)!
Trapped in a home with an abusive father, Scarlett and Tella Dragna long to escape their dark and painful reality. For years they have hoped to attend the annual Caraval, a faraway performance where the audience members are also the participants. When two invitations arrive inviting the sisters to attend the magical and mysterious event, Tella cannot pass up the opportunity. Meanwhile, Scarlett has been engaged to a man she has never met by her father, so she struggles to take a risk instead of the path to definite safety.
When a dashing sailor whisks away Tella and Scarlett to Caraval, Tella is kidnapped by Legend, the mastermind behind Caraval. Scarlett discovers this year’s Caraval revolves around rescuing her sister, so her doubt slips away as she pushes her own boundaries to save Tella. Magic lingers in the air, and no one is who they seem to be in the world of Caraval.
What I Liked:
EVERYTHING! Okay, I probably need to chill out a bit (a bit?), but this book is incredible. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what I loved about Caraval.
What I Didn’t Like:
I have to wait for the sequel.
Overall, Caraval may be my favorite book I’ve read this summer! I loved both the characters and the setting, and I cannot wait for the sequel. I recommend this book to anyone looking for the next great fantasy and who has a lot of time on their hands (you will want to read this one in one sitting).