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AJ Timberlake (ajtimberlake) | 825 comments Description from Goodreads:

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.

My review

This is a book that had to grow on me, the first few chapters before Scarlett got to the game felt very forced and when I began reading I thought I would give this book 3 stars. Garber enjoys her description and so before she had the world of Caraval to go wild with her description her writing felt forced. But once we got to Caraval I flew through this book and absolutely loved it. I thought it was beautiful and I really enjoyed the romance. To be fair, I am not sure I would have loved this as much if I had dragged it out over several days but I read it in one sitting and that really helped me get involved in the world and the story.

It had a bit of a night circusy feel, but not that much. It was much more YA than the Night Circus. Probably not the best book I have ever read in my life but I am giving it 5 stars for my enjoyment.

message 2: by Karin (new)

Karin | 6990 comments Your opening quote grabbed me right away, so I read the entire review. It sounds intriguing.

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