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"Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, 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 who she has just met, 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. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever."--Print.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432842215
Call Number: GARBER
Characteristics: 509 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Large type books.
Festivals -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Arranged marriage -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Treasure hunt (Game) -- Fiction.
Contests -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction.


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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!!!

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Apr 13, 2017

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

Apr 13, 2017

“No one is truly honest,” Nigel answered. “Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.”

Apr 13, 2017

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”


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