Series: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
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.-Goodreads
Review: "Remember, don't let your eyes or feelings trick you."
This book was quite a ride. Scarlett and her sister live on a small island with their abusive father. They have always dreamed about attending Caraval, an annual performance where everyone attending is part of the show. Scarlett has been writing to Legend, the organizer behind Caraval for years with no response. With only a short time before her arranged marriage, an invitation arrives. Scarlett and Tella manage to escape their father and join the game.
There was no real world building but I still found this book to be fast paced and fun. There were elements of mystery, magic and a hint of romance. I did not see the end coming and while I was not exactly satisfied with how everything played out, I enjoyed this. I will definitely read the next one in the series.