From the start I had a good feeling I would enjoy this book. Scarlett and Tella have a believable sibling relationship and they offset each other well. I like how we aren't given all the backstory all at once, it's more enjoyable to get a little bit at a time.
Right now, Jillian is a pretty great character. I'm hoping he stays present for most of the book. It feels like he will bring out the strength in Scarlett, which she will need to protect her sister. Plus he's funny and has no filter and that's always my favorite kind of character.
Scarlett is a little slow on the up take of the magic of Caraval and for someone who's been wanting to go her whole life, she fights against it an awful lot. Once Scarlett starts to catch on to how Caraval works and how she can win, the story really takes off.
The best part of the this story, for me, was the descriptions. It was vivid and exciting, which made it easy to picture the vibrant colors of the magical world. The ending was what I had been worried about; I was afraid it would be too predictable. Thankfully it was not. It did end how expected it, but that was a good thing for me. I was afraid it wouldn't answer some of the questions that had risen during the novel and that readers would be left hanging without fully understanding things.
Five stars across the board. The characters were interesting and believable and the setting and world building were fantastic. A little over a month to wait for the second one and it's already on my preorder list.
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." --Ren e 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
About the Author
Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she's not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She would love to hear from you on social media."