Review : Caraval


This gets 5 hearts because I am in love!!!


My Thoughts….

First up, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. Whilst I still absolutely adored this story and the majority of the characters, I was definitely expecting more magical nonsense!

Now, how to review this gorgeous, amazing book without ruining it for those who have not read it. 

“Remember, it’s only a game…”

The story line is amazing, thrilling and filled with many unexpected twists and turns. However my favourite part of this book would have to be the world which the author has created. It is beautiful and odd and I desperately would love to visit it, this world is possibly on par with Hogwarts as a favourite!!!

I loved the peculiar characters that are found within the magical world of Caraval, However I had issues with the MC, Scarlett, mainly the fact that I wanted to slap her for some of her dumb decisions, Seriously!!

This is a fun, fast-paced read. I would recommend this to fans of fantasy and young adult fiction. My advice for you if you are going to read this crazy book… Do NOT trust anyone. When you think you know what is going on, you are wrong!

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.”

I would like to thank Hachette Australia, Date a Book and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this amazing book.


Please take a minute to feast your eyes on these amazing covers!!





Caraval (Caraval #1)

 Published January 31st 2017

Goodreads synopsis

“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love, and betrayal.”
—Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

How far would you go to save your sister?

Welcome, welcome to Caraval —Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved 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 far-away, 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. 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.


About the Author…


My favorite place in the world is Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where I feel as if the fantastical stories I love to write about could actually come to life.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. I’m also a blogger on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. But I probably spend most of my time on Twitter where I tend to overuse exclamation points and emojis.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval will be published January 2017 (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in twenty-five foriegn territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.

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26 thoughts on “Review : Caraval

  1. I am thrilled to see that this worked out so much better for you than me. I know a lot of readers have fallen for this one. I was hoping to do the same. I think that Scarlett and the comparison to The Night Circus were downfalls for me. This is a lovely review! ❤

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  2. Excellent review! It came yesterday in the mail!! I’m so opening some more book mail today! I can’t wait any longer…and since I’ll be getting three more, I can bear to open some today…who do you think will get to see first?? (Of course you know!) I’m so excited!! 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀

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