Caraval by Stephanie Garber Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber Review

I have seen this book been mentioned by youtubers and seen a lot of people I follow on goodreads reading it as well. So, after seeing it not stop for the last month, I decided to give it a read. Anyway, it is time for a review.



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.(less)

Taken from goodreads

My Opinion

I had such high hopes for this book, it is a fantasy book that takes places on an island that Scarlett has never heard or seen before and it is well known that Caraval is a magical place. So, this book was going to have fantasy and magic together which is my favourite type of book to read. Then you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the main character is just so boring, for the first 200 pages of the book she had basically three thoughts, what happens if my father finds out, where is my sister, and I need to leave in time for my marriage. The amount of times that one of these three things were mentioned in the first 200 odd pages of the book is just stupid and made it hard to keep reading.

Now we get onto the romance part of the book, I do like a good romance in a book especially if the characters have been through a lot together, but what I can’t stand is people who say that after knowing someone less than a week and they are already in love and are prepared to marry someone after that time. So, my new best friend Scarlett has gone from I can’t wait to marry the count, to I hate Julian, to I am starting to like Julian now, I love Julian, to finally I am not marrying the count as I want to spend the rest of my life with Julian. I know that fantasy is meant to be unrealistic but dear god at least make it entertaining.

I was happy when reading between page 250 and 350 as it started to get more serious and a little bit darker which is what I like, but off course Stephanie Garber had to go and fucking ruin it. I know that in the Caraval nothing is the way it seems so it makes sense that the people who die come back to life, but the book only became interesting when the people started to die.

I do have to give one thing to Stephanie Garber and that is when she is describing something in the book then it is easy to imagine what everything looks like making the read that much easier. Too bad about the rest of it.

Do I recommend this book? Sure, if you like boring main characters with a pretty boring storyline expect for 100 pages and a terrible ending then give it a go. If not, then just go read something else as it will be a lot better for you.

Aaron Morrsi


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