Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over and her sister disappears forever.
Review: “Caraval” promises to be a book about “A legendary competition. A mesmerizing romance. An unbreakable bond between two sisters.” Does it live up to its promise? Follow me as I review it.
The review is spoiler-ish. So,beware reader !
Chapter 1 starts with letters that Scarlett Dagna, the protagonist, writes to the Caraval Master Legend with the hope that he will bring the carnival, i.e., Caraval to Trisda. After several years, Legend finally graces Scarlett with a reply. However, Scarlett has to leave Trisda to go to Caraval. So, yay for Scarlett and her sister? This is what they have wanted their entire life: to go to Caraval. However, Scarlett cannot leave Trisda because she is engaged!
Scarlett has never met her fiancee, and her father is abusive; Donatella, Scarlett’s sister, impresses the point upon her. Scarlett still refuses to leave for fear of retribution at the hands of their father. Donatella is a talented girl because somehow she manages to get Scarlett out of Caraval with the help of a “sailor” named Julian. Julian is dreamy as hell. “Le sigh!” thinks Scarlett. After a near drowning while escaping Trisda, when she finally reached the Isla de los Suenos where is Caraval is, she cannot find her sister.
I won’t rehash the story any further as I haven’t even reviewed it! The story actually picks up when Scarlett enters Caraval, where they are warned not to get swept away in the “too-real” game that will commence eventually. The rest of the story is what I found captivating. There are so many twists and turns that will keep your head reeling. The negative for me was the metaphors and similes that the author incorporated in this book. I felt that most of them were poorly executed but that didn’t keep me from finishing the book.
The book’s ended with a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens in the next book, Legendary, where Donatella(Scarlett’s sister) is the protagonist.
So, here’s the answer to my question: Yes, Caraval does live up to its promise but not completely. Opening the book, you will go on a journey like Scarlett did . Yes, it is a legendary competition. I didn’t find the romance mesmerizing. However, I liked them both as a couple. Final “yes” to the unbreakable bond between sisters.
I would recommend this book to readers who love reading young adult books about circus life.
About Author: Here’s the author website where you can find out more about her => http://stephaniegarberauthor.com.
Note: Since I bought the Hardcover edition, I want to credit some people who made it so beautiful. Those awesome people are :
- Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell (Jacket Design)
- Mattew Moores with Protégé Films(Author Photo )
**Jacket photography credit: Shutterstock;
**Publisher: FLATIRON BOOKS