Book Review : Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval, #1)

You must have been living under a rock to not have heard about this book. In fact, even the rock you are under must have heard about the book. The hype and the popularity of the book are massive. while I am only still on the first book and the finale is already out for the series, one can’t deny the reach the book had during this time. I have yet to come across a vlog or blog that would not be in favor of this book. Almost everybody has loved and enjoyed the book and it certainly had scared me before picking this book. I definitely didn’t want to be the only one who was a loner if the book didn’t appeal to me. Luckily not only did I enjoyed the book, but I was thrilled at the scope of its sequels

Caraval Official Synopsis

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.

Caraval RWAT Take

Caraval as true to its theme is full of grandeur, magic and so much fantasy elements that the book is like one huge gala. I loved how the book had so much plot twists to offer that the book was an adrenaline ride that never ceased till the end. Even the end was spectacular. I loved how the book without leaving a cliff hanger still makes you want to reach out for the sequel

There are lots of facts that I loved about the book. But like for every book, I loved and adored, I am running out of words to describe and appreciate it. The fact that makes the book a jolly read is how in spite of being set up in a very illustrious and magical background, it doesn’t complicate things with too much fantasy or details. sometimes with other books, the plots get twisted in too much fantasy that it becomes hard to wrap your imagination to solid ground. Fortunately, with this book, it is the main plot that takes the limelight. The author thankfully has not caught up in creating the background that her characters are running wild. The author has, in fact, got it in a perfect flow. You are able to both visualize this crazy world as well as see your characters vividly.


Get out from under the rock if you still haven’t read or heard about this book. It is a huge treat and a perfect entertainer. With its unusual settings and plot twists, there is no better reading rush that you can enjoy. I loved the book and I am so happy that I finally overcame my prejudices and inhibitions to pick up this book and actually enjoyed it.

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