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Oct 31, 2019

This is my favorite series, I love everything about this book and the ones that follow it.
I thought it was a very unique setting and concept. I love the characters and the adventure they go on is very intriguing. Found myself wondering what was going to happen through the whole book and couldn't wait to continue the series.

Sep 25, 2019

An intriguing and emotional book that follows sisters through a coming of age story. Scarlet has been writing to Master Legend of Caraval for years trying to get the chance to play the game for her sister Donatella. Finally, they get an invitation! Scarlet quickly learns to be careful what you wish for. But Legend has warned her don't get too swept up in the game, everything is pretend. A rollercoaster of feels that grabs the reader and holds them straight to the end. Ending with a cliffhanger a perfect set up for the coming novel.

Jul 15, 2019

The book is very intriguing, with all of its romance, mystery, and a little horror. This is my kind of book!

Jul 15, 2019

I brought this book at an airport before going on a long plane ride......It's stayed my favourite book ever since
I loooovvveeeee it!!💋

May 28, 2019

1st book in Caraval Series

Dec 12, 2018

This book was such a disappointment. The protagonist Scarlet is a very flat, tell-don't-show character, and the "villains" are lifeless. The word crafting can be lovely, but nothing can dress up a such a bland, predictable cast of characters and plot points.

Every discovery is convenient, and the struggles are painfully dull. It was a poor reproduction of some popular YA tropes that were well received in more successful books (The Lunar Chronicles and The Hunger Games) with a hint of longing toward being the next The Night Circus.

Overall, the book failed to deliver on its many promises as one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of the year.

JCLShannonG Dec 04, 2018

The perfect combination of magic and mystery. It was action-packed and kept me guessing. I loved this one!

Oct 22, 2018

Absolutely amazing.
It's exciting.
It's engrossing.
It's the unforgettable tale of two sisters and a dangerous, magical game.

Scarlett was an exemplary protagonist: modest, decent, and determined to save Tella. The author, Stephanie Garber, writes with ease and beauty. The plot is twisty and moves at a rapid pace, building up suspense, mystery, and secrets. It's a bit too fast at some parts, so fast that it's confusing, but I didn't find it to be problematic. The story was a bit eccentric and didn't quite seem real, but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging fantasy and it holds a secure place on my "favourites" shelf.

In short, I love this book.

Oct 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job of developing the characters and describing the magic of Caraval in a way that makes you feel like you are there. There are a lot of plot twists that keep you guessing until the very end.

Aug 21, 2018

This was one of my favourite books i have ever read. It was a fantasy book though I recommend to everyone even to people that don't like fantasy books. I dont really enjoy fantasy books though I enjoyed this book... It's a book about two sisters that want different things though at the same time the same things. You will have to read the book to get what I am saying.
great book!!!

ArapahoeLauren Jul 23, 2018

The author uses beautiful descriptive scenes where you can almost feel or taste or touch - yes, it's that well done. I enjoyed the storyline, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. It did have some good twists that I wasn't expecting! Give it a try.

kirstd31 Jun 21, 2018

I listened to this book. The reader was great! The story was intriguing and I did not want to stop listening to this story.

Jun 09, 2018

Really let down by this book. To describe it in a few words, a poor man's Willy Wonka.
I was told this book would be amazing. Then, hearing it had film acquisition only pushed that excitement further.

This story would've been successful in first person so we could feel and see the world from Scarlett's eyes. Constantly the goals, emotions, and wonder from the character is lost. This serves up hollow emotions and a meandering plot. A major point of the story, being romance, fails horribly since there's nothing we can see about Julian that is likable.

The whole part of the game is to find her sister and later, it becomes a hindsight affair. The clues/mystery in the game are really lackluster and aren't written coherently. This effects parts of the story that don't add up or make any logical sense. Never does Scarlett ever question what's real or not even when a certain character randomly appears. Completely unacceptable and unbelievable. The ending works, but the rest of the story can't hold up the rest of the story that drags behind.

-The way the character sees color is really unique and adds something new to the story
-Pieces of the world are really in intriguing
-Parts of the story setup and world appear interesting
-Ending clears up lots of loose bits (not everything)

-POV of story does not work
-Parts of the story come off as half brained ideas that make no logical sense
-Romance doesn't work
-Characters are far from likable
-Huge let down in terms of actual world building for the game, which focuses on lore aspect instead
-Main character motives make no logical sense in connection to the game.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

Maybe I'm jaded from reading so many books in the YA "Romance/Fantasy/Dystopia" genre but although "Caraval" is very readable, I just couldn't work up a lot of enthusiasm for it. Other series, most notably, "Poison Study" by Maria Snyder cover this genre more adeptly.

OPL_KrisC Apr 25, 2018

What initially caught my attention was the gorgeous cover and fanciful font and then the story drew me in even further. This book is a great combination of fantasy, magic, and romance set in a Cirque Du Soleil-like setting. The author does a very good job at describing her world and helping to create a stunning visual.

ArapahoeTiegan Apr 19, 2018

An exciting adventure/mystery with highly intriguing characters and plenty of twists and turns. Scarlett has always dreamed of experiencing Caraval, but she is not allowed to leave the island of Trisda due to her father's rules. She is soon set to marry a mysterious count, and believes this marriage will be the key to escaping her father's cruelty for her and her sister, Donatella. Just as she is told when her wedding will take place, Scarlett receives tickets to Caraval on Legend's private island for herself, Tella, and her fiance. A stranger who is on the island for trade, Julian, makes a deal with Tella to kidnap Scarlett and head to Caraval with the promise of the use of the third ticket for himself. Once at Caraval, Tella is kidnapped by Legend and finding her is the way to win the game. No one is to be trusted, but that is easier said than done. Secrets are dropped constantly every time Scarlett thinks she might know an answer that throws her for a loop and challenges everything she thinks she knows. This story really keeps you on your toes all the way to the last word- I cannot wait to read the next book.

LPL_ColtonS Apr 18, 2018

Caraval offers the reader an excellently mysterious, magical, and powerful story about running away to the circus, though not any circus you're familiar with. Every year the Caraval holds a strange game for its audience to participate in, and the prize for winning the game always comed with a price. The prize this year is one wish. When Scarlet finally gets her dream of being able to attend Caraval, she finds that the game is centered around her sister, and may be harder and more devious than she thought. This book takes on topics of trust, loyalty, and abuse by a family member, while managing to remain light and magical. Definitely a read for all ages.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Carnival, magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, danger....great ingredients for a book.

Mar 15, 2018

I picked up this book because it had raving reviews on another website but I found it slow and the storyline was a bit boring. Sorry!

Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "Any Book From The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I liked it, it was a really quick read for the size of the book. It felt quite Alice In Wonderland-y with all the colours and descriptions of Caraval. Hopefully the movie deal follows through, as for once I feel this story would be better seen than read.

Feb 11, 2018

Okay, while this book could have maybe done a better job at developing the characters and analyzing the scenes from Scarlett's point of view (almost too plot-heavy, needed more substance at times) I loved this book. It kept me on my toes, made me question what elements of the story were true or not, and made me appreciate the thought and time that must have gone into this story. It was extremely well done and I loved it.

Jan 15, 2018

Love this story. Original, adventurous and wow. From the very best page I was pulled into the story. I can't wait to read the next book.

Nov 12, 2017

Caraval is one of those books that you won’t be able to put down once you start reading. It’s set in a mesmerizing world of magic and deception where everything is not as it seems, and you have to pay very close attention to keep track of the complicated web of mystery. Scarlett’s relationship with her sister, Tella, is both touching and amusing, and it was captivating to watch Scarlett step outside of her comfort zone in order to try to save her. The romance felt a bit unnecessary and forced to me, but Garber certainly does not sacrifice plot for relationships. This book is fantastical and exhilarating, and I highly recommend finishing the series if you enjoy this one. @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The lines of reality and imagination are blurred here, in this phenomenal read of magic and wonder. This book will leave you on the very edge of excitement and keep you up past your curfew (as it does get scarier in the dark). I absolutely adored the protagonist and her selfless devotion to her sister, throughout the entirety of the story. Scarlett, our heroine, is caught in a game she has been entranced by since childhood, but at a cost. If she wins, she is granted a wish. However, much is at stake (her sister, time, marriage, etc). Will her partnership with an unlikely sailor (who is not what he seems) prove successful? Or is it all just one elaborate lie in the end? A must read of 5/5 stars!!
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oh my. This was eerie, mysterious, beautiful and magical all in one, and I couldn’t have loved it more! This book was a wild goose chase but it was so different. If you’re looking for the next Wizard of Oz, trust me when I say this book will give out these vibes. Scarlett has been betrothed to a count of a land she does not know, and a man who is the same. But she is happy. Anything to take her away from her brutal and abusive father and protect herself and her sister Donatella. What she didn’t expect is that after seven years of yearning for tickets to the Caraval, a week before her wedding they arrive. When Tella makes the decision for both of them and takes the help of a sailor named Julian, Scarlett has to follow. But little does she know that the Master Legend has captured Tella and she is the center of the game; the prize to be sought after. All the interconnections between characters were likeable, although the end was confusing and a bit rushed. Overall, a great read! Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 25, 2017

Interesting idea, but I wasn't engaged.

Oct 12, 2017

I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this book from some of the reviews I had read. I'd seen some mixed reviews. I went into this at random not expecting a whole lot, but boy was I surprised! I enjoyed this book a lot! I can see some of the similarities to The Night Circus, but this seemed to be in all in all different ball game. I wasn't sure how the story was going to turn out with all the plot twists. I'm still not sure what's going to happen next (please let there be a second book!) Scarlett was a as a matter of fact a likable character. More likable than her sister Tella seemed to be. I would like to know more about Legend because none of my questions were beyond doubt answered about him. For me, this book was hard to put down and was aloof what I needed for a fun read!

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