by Stephanie Garber

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The Instant New York Times bestseller from Stephanie Garber #1 IndieNext Pick Entertainment Weekly Must List

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality.  Read more...

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The Instant New York Times bestseller from Stephanie Garber #1 IndieNext Pick Entertainment Weekly Must List

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...

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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

"The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus. Grade: A-." --Entertainment Weekly
"Impressive, original, wondrous." --USA Today
"Spellbinding." --US Weekly
"Magnificent." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"I lost myself in this world." --Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
"Beautifully written." --Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn
"Shimmers with magic." --Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Curse
"Darkly enchanting." --Kiersten White, author of And I Darken
"Decadent." --Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen
"Like stepping into a living dream." --Stacey Lee, author of Outrun the Moon
"Destined to capture imaginations." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ideal for fans of The Night Circus, Stardust, and The Hunger Games." --School Library Journal

  • ISBN-13: 9781250095251
  • ISBN-10: 1250095255
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 416
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.37 pounds

Series: Caraval #1

Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Fiction > Fantasy - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Performing Arts - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Family - Siblings

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of Garbers magnificent debut novel, the mysterious Master Legend invites sisters Scarlett and Donatella Dragna to attend Caravala magical multiday event that is part spectacle, part treasure hunt. Although their tyrannical father has threatened death if they leave home without his permission, Tella strikes a deal with a roguish sailor named Julian for transport to Legends private islanda plan that essentially involves kidnapping the conflicted Scarlett, who is weeks away from marrying a man shes never met. Upon arrival, Tella is taken, and its revealed that she is the subject of this years hunt. Scarlett and Julian join forces to find her, but in a game in which secrets are currency and appearances deceive, Scarlett has no way of knowing whether shes a Caraval player or Master Legends pawn. Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope. While the search for Tella drives the narrative, Scarletts quest for self-empowerment is equally captivating. Scarlett and Julians chemistry intoxicates, and Garbers tantalizing conclusion will leave readers hungry for a sequel. Ages 13up. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Jan.)

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