Scarlett spent years writing to Caraval Master Legend in and attempt to get him to perform on the Conquered Isle of Trisda. Years later, Scarlett is all grow up and eager to be married to get away from her abusive father. But one day she receives an invitation, an invitation to Caraval to attend the final game. But Scarlett doesn’t realizes just how special this game will be and just how invested in it she will become.
Holy wow! This book totally lived up to all the hype surrounding it! I absolutely loved it!
It started out so twisted. Scarlett’s father is a total bastard, Tella is loose, and Scarlett is a scared child. Scarlett and Tella live with their abusive father. Scarlett thinks her arranged marriage will save them both and she is so naive! Scarlett ends up becoming our main character after Tella has her kidnapped by a sailor named Julian and taken to Caraval (don’t worry, not really a spoiler, it happens in like chapter 3).
Caraval itself was so magical and so twisted!
Here I am going to pause to say this: I expected to be extremely disappointed by this book. I thought it was going to end up being like The Night Circus and Freeks for me- lots of talk of magic and wonder and games and severely lacking in all of the above.
This book did not even slightly disappoint. There was magic and mystery and games galore! There were twist and turns and misdirection. There were wonders and horrors and lies and truths… everything about this book was wonderful! I cannot wait to see what comes next!
Goodreads Challenge: 12/105
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