25 January, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for Caraval by Stephanie Garber!

A very much awaited release and a book everybody (lucky enough to get an ARC) talks about!

Publication date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books

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 . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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.

I've had this book on my TBR since the blurb first came out! I honestly don't know why... is it because of "the game"? because "magic"? is it magic realism? I don't know but it sounds good. Reviews I've seen so far have been pretty positive and I think I haven't seen anyone complain about any possible problematic aspects.

Has anyone read the book? Did you like it?

Are you excited about Caraval?