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.
“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”
MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
For years, I have been hearing people talk about this series. And for years, I said I wouldn’t read it because it didn’t sound like something I’d be into at all. However, after so much time hearing great things and having friends talk about it and share quotes, I decided to finally give it a chance… And I am so kicking myself now because I absolutely loved this book!
From the very first chapter, I was intrigued by this story. I wanted to know more about the mysterious Legend and his Caraval. I also wanted to meet these two sisters that everyone had been talking about. I got swept up in this story. There is no other way I can describe it to you. This magical and mysterious world of Caraval gripped my heart and made my inner dreamer come out. I fell in love with this beautifully dark world and its complexingly nonsensical magic system.
Scarlett- I really enjoyed following Scarlett. While she did make some stupid and naive decisions throughout the story, I still liked her. As someone who has two sisters myself, I know what it’s like to have them run off and for you try to pick up the pieces lol. I might not have agreed with all of Scarlett’s decisions or her methods, but I can empathize with her being new to this and just trying to do the best she can.
Tella- I didn’t get to see much of Tella in this book for obvious reasons. She came across as the selfish sibling for a while so I liked when it was revealed that she engineered this whole thing to help her and her sister. I’m eager to see more of Tella and get some development on her character in the future books.
Julian- Julian gripped my whole heart so hard, it’s not even funny. I loved his sarcastic self and I am all here for him and Scarlett.
Legend- From the notes in the beginning to the chapter where we learned a bit about Legend’s back story, I was instantly in love. I know he’s supposed to be the villain, but I am too much of a sucker for morally grey, cursed males to not fall for him. You have no idea how disappointed I am that I didn’t get to meet the real Legend in this book. I NEED him to play a bigger role in the future books!
Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. There was so many plot twists that I was constantly reeling and, honestly, even after already being a third of the way through this story, I feel like I really don’t know anything at all. I’m dying to start the next book and see where this story takes me next!
Other Books in the Series:
Book 3 – To Be Read