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Caravel: Book Review

Caravel: Book Review


(Caraval #1)

Published January 31st 2017

RATING: ★★★★★

5 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 407

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Series? Yes, this is the first book in the Caraval series (which is a trilogy).


Young Adult – Fantasy – Romance


What an adventure. I absolutely fell in love with this book, with the characters and with the storyline.

I loved the premise of this book. It stretched past all of my expectations.

This book sort of reminded me of a weird mixture between Alice and Wonderland and Pleasure Island from Pinocchio. (But then again, that’s probably just me drawing weird connections between books and movies that I have seen and read in the past!).

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There was mystery, lies, romance, and fun. Full of twists and turns, light and dark, good and evil. I loved that there were some parts that I didn’t know if it was reality, or magic or if I was getting carried away in the game.

The writing style flowed well and the suspense made me want to read this entire book in one sitting.

The characters – Scarlet, Donatella, Julian, Dante, Legend, they all make such an interesting mix and I loved how they were all apart of the game in some way.

Remember, it’s only a game. 

I 100% recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading young adult fiction. (I don’t want to put anymore constrains on it, because I think a lot of people will enjoy reading this book, no matter what kinds of genres you generally enjoy reading.


Sarah June

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*Note, I started listening to the audiobook and I wasn’t a very big fan of it, so I ended up reading the physical book instead.

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