I received this book for free from Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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If you’re trying to hide under blankets and read a YA novel that’s fun but not too real (cause let’s face it, dystopias are a little too real right now), then Caraval by Stephanie Garber is an excellent choice. It’s kind of like a weird mashup between The Hunger Games, Austenland, Alice in Wonderland, and a circus.
Caraval is a game that’s held each year by a man named Legend. It’s a magical event, and contestants must work towards their objective in a scenario when reality itself seems tenuous. Scarlett and Donatella are sisters, and have spent their entire childhoods fascinated by the Caraval legend. Their father is an abusive psychopath. Scarlett, Caraval’s protagonist, is about to be married off to a man she’s never met, but is actually excited about it because it means escaping her father. Donatella doesn’t understand her at all, and is afraid she’s going to be getting out of one bad situation only to enter another one. After a confrontation with their father, Scarlett and Donatella end up escaping to participate in Caraval. There’s one catch–Donatella isn’t a contestant, she’s the prize, and her life may even be on the line if Scarlett can’t save her.
As Scarlett begins to compete in the games, she befriends Julian, a sailor who becomes her unlikely ally. And as her relationship with Julian develops and she learns to trust again, Scarlett must come to terms with her true desires and stand up for the life that she wants, not the one that’s been proscribed to her by other people. Because now Caraval isn’t just about saving her sister–it’s about saving herself, and taking control of her own fate.
Caraval is a wild ride, and nothing is as it seems. It’s filled to the brim with magic and intrigue, and will captivate its readers.