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Publisher Description

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval...

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

Young Adult
May 29
Flatiron Books
Grades 8-13

Customer Reviews

ed 2346🤪 ,

Tella is my sister

Tella is exactly my sister. Lol. I’m kinda Scarlett. I like that it’s not just a fake romance where the characters are obviously written only to fall for each other, they take their time getting together and establishing a relationship first. Then the plot is interesting. The Fates thing was not where I was expecting it to go but it was still really good. I love this series. Definitely a good quick read.

Amandy65 ,

Love this series

I just love this series and am so glad I found it! It’s been SO hard to put the book down in order to get work done these past few days - my favorite kind of books!

Midnighters ,

Seriously just stop

So the first book was decent, despite the only real descriptions being of hot guys and some cool effects every so often (outside of pretty dresses). Now it’s all back and worse!

Every guy the characters meet is the “hottest man they have ever seen” whose every facial expression is fantastical and mesmerizing. It’s like reading a book by a guy where he talks about every girl having large boobs and a lilting laugh that twists their heart with its birdsong. All pretty words but still shallow and covering up poor writing falling well short of actually creating an interesting world from a promising concept.

Building off of her inability to create interesting characters with depth (see: main characters are “beautiful and blonde” where all one does is a stereotypical worrier and the other is every tomboy trope wrapped into one), the only thing she can actually describe are dresses. If I was someone who studied fashion I would love this, but since I’m not it just gets boring. It makes the author appear to be a boy obsessed girl with a dress fetish. Don’t even get me started on her word choice. Every. Single. Description. Is over the top. If you actually ripped unnecessary descriptors out (because dear god it’s tiring) the book would be half its length. Don’t replace having no idea what to write or how to create an interesting world with banal adjectives that do nothing but create useless noise.

If I wanted this kind of writing I would have read Twilight it any other shallow writing that tries so hard to be a movie/tv show without actually pushing itself to be more than the hormonal fantasies of an adolescent teenage girl with no world view.

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