Scarlett has been writing letters to Legend, the mastermind behind Caraval, for years. Now that she’s entered into an arranged marriage, she’s prepared to leave her dreams of seeing Caraval behind in order to save herself and her sister from their father. But in a strange twist of fate, Legend finally sends her an invitation this year. When her sister disappears immediately upon their arrival, though, it’s a race against time to find her before it’s too late.
It’s so hard not to get swept up in the magic of this book. Stephanie Garber paints such a fascinating world for the entire story, which only makes Caraval that much more intriguing. The characters, story, and setting all work perfectly together. The flow of Caraval was really a high point for me – nothing felt choppy or out-of-place.
I really loved the air of mystery around the plot, too. Caraval is meant to be a game, but the level of immersion the characters experience goes far beyond that. It plays mind games with the reader almost as much as it does with the characters. Just about every chapter comes with a new twist that throws the story into a whole new direction. All in all, I found Caraval to be an incredibly immersive read, and I’m looking forward to getting to the next book in the series!
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): violence, abuse, death
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