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Remember It’s Only A Game…

Welcome, welcome to the world of Caraval!🎪🎭🎟

Hey loves! It’s Lori☺️ I’ve been reading as much books as I can for the Readathon! #TeamNoSleep

“What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don’t let any of it trick you. We will try to convince you it’s real, but all of it is a performance.” 

– Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval

Page Count: 407 pgs

Author: Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery 

Rating On Goodreads: 3.97/5

MY Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: Physical Abuse


Scarlett has never left the tiny island with her sister, Tella, who lives with their powerful, cruel and abusive father. Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and she 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…

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .”

– Caraval By Stephanie Garber

My Thoughts

To be completely honest, I was annoyed by the main character, Scarlet and her gullible, unwise choices she made in the beginning of the book. She was repetitive when believing everyone is trustworthy within the world of Carval, it was tiresome. I also came to the conclusion that perhaps Scarlet’s traits of being gullible, stubborn, and a flawed person created a sense of realistic human nature. I was also thinking to stop reading Caraval, but I completed it with enjoyment!

It as felt amazing to notice Scarlet have character development from beginning to finish. I also wanted to mention Stephanie Garber’s well descriptive writing throughout the novel that made me feel included within the world of Caraval.

When I finished it, I missed the magical and manipulative atmosphere Caraval left on me. I was originally going to give it 3 stars, but ended up giving it 4 stars. Caraval has it’s flaws, but it has an adventurous fulfillment in the end.

Caraval has all sorts of magic, deception and tricks that is incredibly amusing! I did genuinely like this book, maybe you’ll like it too! If you love dark, deceptive, magic with suspenseful twists, and a bit of romance then this is the novel for you!

Stephanie Garber lives in Northern California, and when she isn’t writing Young Adult Fantasy, she’s teaching Creative Writing at a private college. She also enjoys Disneyland because it’s the only place on earth where she feels as if, fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She also loves to hear from everyone on her social media!

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22 thoughts on “Remember It’s Only A Game…

    1. You’re going to love my wrap-up then.. I’m not looking forward to writing it. Let alone take pictures of all the books I bought this month.. And.. It’s going to get worse since I actually am going bookshopping Saturday. :’)
      — I’ve even deleted my list of TBR-books that I own just because it’s depressing and my BF was using it against me. xD

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  1. Currently reading: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue…

    I have been seeing a lot about this particular book “Caraval” and hearing good things about it. It reminds me a little of another book I have already read called “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I really enjoyed that book, so I am considering giving this one a go.

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    1. If Caraval is calling you…. you MUST go!🎪🎟 It is a quite good story, but some annoying parts yet still good! Haha. Dang it Netgalley! Try OverDrive, an app that you could put your Library card into to have access to books online! It’s much better!


  2. I don’t know if I’m completely interested in this particular story, but I think I’m going to keep a watch on her future books because her writing style interests me! Maybe some of the problems you mentioned she’ll improve on.

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