The Magic of the Carnival | Caraval | A Review

Hi guys! This is my last review for this month, hence it’s being posted on the Friday instead of the Sunday. But don’t worry, there’ll be more reviews up in April, but mainly some from NetGalley – so keep your eyes peeled!

Today I’m reviewing Caraval.


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.

NetGalley Review

This book has been on my TBR for ages!! Initially thought it would be a big read, but I read through it really quickly and thoroughly enjoyed! Looking forward to the next one!

As mentioned above, I really enjoyed this book and wizzed right through it in one sitting! I loved the theme of the Caraval and how much information we were given – it goes to show how much thinking went into the whole thing!

The story was really interesting, full of twists and turns, and the ending was a nice one – though not expected! We’re given the life of a family, sisters and two strangers who work their way through the maze and puzzles that are Caraval.

Recommend it to all really, I think if you like a good mystery, set in a fantastical world, then this book will be right up your street!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it, and as before, if you haven’t read this book I urge you to check it out!



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