Caraval: Stephanie Garber: Book Review



Stephanie Garber

Reviewing Nerds Book Review- Caraval by Stephanie Garber 02-28-2018

No of Pages: 407

Publication House: Flatiron Books

Date of Publication: January 31, 2017

Genre: Young-adult Fantasy

Series: Yes, Caraval #1

Should Buy: Yes, Caraval

Book Source: Personal Collection

Star Rating: 3.6/5

Book Blurb:

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.

Words That Touched My Heart ❤

 I take it you believe someone loves you enough to wish you back to life? Absolutely.

Title: Well it’s a unique title and the story revolves around Caraval itself. And Remember it’s only a game…

Title Rating: 4/5

Cover: Caraval has a beautiful cover. It catches your eye from quite a distance. I like it sitting on my shelf and I intend to keep it there and refresh myself every now and then with the magical world of caraval.

Cover Rating: 4/5

Characters: Scarlette: The character, Scarlette has grown so much as we move towards the end of the book. From a scared daughter who lived by her grandmother’s stories, loves her sister and is scared from her father to a woman who falls in love with a stranger, does everything in her power to protect her sister and overcomes her fear of her father.

Donnatella: She is the younger sister of Scarlette. She does not care a lot about anything. She doesn’t like rules set by her father and often tends to break them. She is careless and trusts strangers easily. Her character was also given a soft thoughtful side towards the end.

Julian: He is a sailor who seems to knows about Caraval way too much. He has his secrets which are revealed slowly throughout the book.

Characters Rating:3/5

Review: Well it warns you to beware of getting swept too far away. The action is defined in quite a detail and it makes you want to experience Caraval. The map in the front gives you a better understanding of the places in the Caraval and the most interesting part is the letters from Scarllete to the Lengend and vice versa. You feel as confused as the characters in caraval. It’s a fast paced book with so much happening. The game, the competition and the clues have made this book really interesting. The unconditional love and bond between two sisters (Scarlette and Donatella) are challenged and tested.

Though I am not really happy with the characters. They are almost flat without any strong personalities. The reveal in the end just comes out too easy. Characters don’t seem surprised and it makes it dull for you. But the story will continue so yeah I am excited about that.

Story Rating: 3.5/5

Appreciation: The magical world is explained so well that it makes you want to experience it yourself. If I were given a ticket to Caraval I would have definitely used it to enter this magical world.

Let Downs: While some places and actions are described in detail some of them are just left out. Such as The Isle of Trisda is not described in great length. A little bit diversity in character personalities would have been brilliant.

Surprise Factor: The tension created throughout the story is intense. Things change within paragraphs. The type of the game that Caraval is, it keeps you on the edge.

Would I be reading more from Stephanie Garber: Yes, I will be reading more from her. She has a lot of potential and I am sure we will be reading some great books authored by her.

P.S. Eagerly waiting for Legendary ( Caraval Book #2)

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