The acclaimed New York Times bestseller! Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of the unbreakable bond between two sisters. It’s the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world...
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, 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. 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.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.
New York Times bestseller
#1 IndieNext Pick
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
Entertainment Weekly Best 10 YA Books of 2017
Teen Vogue Best YA Book of the Year
Amazon Best Book of the Year
Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year
“The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus. Grade: A-.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Impressive, original, wondrous.” —USA Today
“Spellbinding.” —US Weekly
“Magnificent.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“I lost myself in this world.” —Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
“Beautifully written.” —Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn
“Shimmers with magic.” —Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Curse
“Darkly enchanting.” —Kiersten White, author of And I Darken
“Decadent.” —Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen
“Like stepping into a living dream.” —Stacey Lee, author of Outrun the Moon
“Destined to capture imaginations.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Ideal for fans of The Night Circus, Stardust, and The Hunger Games.” —School Library Journal
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We love fantasy and world-building, but to be honest, some of it can be too bleak and lacking in real emotion. That’s why Caraval knocked our socks off. It’s a gorgeously written story about two sisters who escape the clutches of their power-crazed father to embark on a perilous journey to see a theater troupe rumored to have magical powers. There’s so much more to this dazzling adventure, but we’d hate to ruin the thrill and joy of discovery.
At the start of Garber's magnificent debut novel, the mysterious Master Legend invites sisters Scarlett and Donatella Dragna to attend Caraval a magical multiday event that is part spectacle, part treasure hunt. Although their tyrannical father has threatened death if they leave home without his permission, Tella strikes a deal with a roguish sailor named Julian for transport to Legend's private island a plan that essentially involves kidnapping the conflicted Scarlett, who is weeks away from marrying a man she's never met. Upon arrival, Tella is taken, and it's revealed that she is the subject of this year's hunt. Scarlett and Julian join forces to find her, but in a game in which secrets are currency and appearances deceive, Scarlett has no way of knowing whether she's a Caraval player or Master Legend's pawn. Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope. While the search for Tella drives the narrative, Scarlett's quest for self-empowerment is equally captivating. Scarlett and Julian's chemistry intoxicates, and Garber's tantalizing conclusion will leave readers hungry for a sequel. Ages 13 up.
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Thrilling and Captivating
4.5/5 No Spoilers
This book was a great read. I finished it so quick I didn’t even know what to do after. It was thrilling turn after turn. What I liked the most was the romance story that they threw into it. I never would’ve guessed that’s who she’d end up with but it was so sweet. It was just a really well thought out book with great imagery.
The characters were written so well that I could picture all of them in my head with ease. The scenes were written just as well and just as vivid as the characters. Can’t wait to read the next book.
This is a cool story and beautifully written. Scarlett is a less obvious heroine, but she is likeable, and her concerns and motives are understandable. The writer spins an imaginative world you can see as you read it. Highly recommend, if you enjoy fantasy romance.
This is a very good read, Scarlett and Stella remind me of my relationship with my own sister. And the magic of Caraval is intricate and it is as much a mystery as it is a fantasy and treasure hunt. Scarlett and Julian are adorable and had me smiling constantly and the characters emotions are described well. This is a very good book and I think the world needs more books like this. Scarlett goes from slightly immature to a mature, powerful leader. It’s fun to see her journey through Caraval, legendary, and Finale. Tella’s journey is just as interesting and slightly more complicated with the mystery of Legend and trying to find her mother. Both girls come a long way from where they are in the first book and it’s done in a very magical way. Thank you Stephanie Garber.