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. – Goodreads
Well, how do I put this into words expect that I LOVED THIS BOOK. I’m currently on my second re-read in anticipation of the second book, Legendary. It has also been confirmed that there will be a third book 😍
Right so now my excitment is out the way…….
To start off with I found this book just magical and dark and full of secrets. You didn’t know who you could trust, who you could relie on and who was playing or who was a player.
You first meet Scarlett and Tella, sisters who have a strict and violent father. They get help from Julian, a sailor, to get to Isla de los Sueños, Legends private island and home to Caraval. When reaching the island Tella goes missing and Scarlett is desprate to find her.
This is where the games begin. With Julians help, Scarlett manages to get to Caraval in time. Rules must be listened to twice and followed. One rule being, everyone must be back in their lodgings by sunrise as doors are locked until sunset. Yep, thats right, they can only be out at night.
Everyone is given the same clue and it all points to Tella. The remaining clues have to be found. There is alot of things that happen while finding clues where magic is involved and secrets discovered, so much that it would spoil the book if I went into it (and I’m tryjng really hard for this not to be a spoiler review)
Scarlett I did find annoying at times, she was still faithful towards her father and The Count to whom she is to marry in a week (even though she has never even seen him) Julien however was the cheeky, sexy sailor who you just can’t help but like straight away (again I might be alittle biased here 😄) They made a good couple and I was routing for them all the way through the book.
The mixture of characters in this book throws you into Caraval and lets your imagination run.
I definitely think this book is worth a read, but remember, you must remember it’s all a game.