Review – Caraval by Stephanie Garber @sgarbergirl @HodderPublicity

Book & Author Details:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

caraval.pngA mesmerising, magical, stunningly imaginative debut novel, perfect for anyone who loved The Night Circus or Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year, five-day performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told over and over that everything that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever . . .


This book will make a truly spectacular movie, it really will.  It simply turned my head around and inside out – in a good way.  The author created a world where it was so difficult to identify what was real and what was a lie, that as a reader, I was constantly second guessing the motives of nearly all the characters.

And what characters they were!  Exaggerated, colourful and completely enchanting.  The mystery of the husband to be; the menace of the father, the enigma of the “helpful stranger”. And let’s not forget Scarlett.  Here, the author has created a complex, utterly likeable character with whom it was easy for me as a reader to connect with.

I confess that I am astonished that this is a debut offering.  It is such an accomplished book.  Rarely does a book spark my imagination as visually as this one did.  I simply loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.



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About the author

My favorite place in the world is Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where I feel as if the fantastical stories I love to write about could actually come to life.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. I’m also a blogger on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. But I probably spend most of my time on Twitter where I tend to overuse exclamation points and emojis.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval will be published January 2017 (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in twenty-five foriegn territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.

For all the latest updates on my books, giveaways and more, please follow my BLOG.

For rights inquires, please contact my agent JENNY BENT.

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