Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 30/11/2017
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An Opulant Read!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber has been HUGE in the book community on social media since it was published and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it... READ MORE
Kelly at Aviemore
Remember, it's only a game.....
The world of Caraval is a lush and magical one. Scarlett is set to marry her 'love' only weeks from when she finally receives a letter from Legend himself,... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Caraval was a truly magical read and within a few pages I was transported to the Isle of Trisda and thrown into Caraval along with Tella and Scarlett. Ther... READ MORE
Vibrant, colourful and utterly captivating
Such a good story! The life of Caraval is lush and alive. Not to mention the incredibly beautiful descriptions that Stephanie has chosen to use. People who... READ MORE
Dom at Ealing
A little magic never hurt anybody...
This was such a fun, almost whimsical story. Scarlett is almost the perfect protagonist. I love her so much, and those magical changing dresses are what m... READ MORE
Chloe Barnfield
Light and enjoyable
A quick read with a great plot line, a few twists and some well designed characters! Got me out of a reading slump and I devoured the series within a coupl... READ MORE
A perfect intro into the Fantasy world!
If you want to get into reading Fantasy - Read this! Garber writes in a way, it's very easy to read & understand, but also implements such emotions and tur... READ MORE
Tamara Murphy
Frivolous fairytale
I enjoyed the author’s whimsical writing style and the magical world she created, yet I wasn’t engaged by the story. The romance didn’t feel genuine and th... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor


Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game...

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year, week-long 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 Scarlett discovers her father has arranged a marriage for her she believes all her hopes of escape have been dashed.

Then the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive and it seems their dreams have come true. Yet, no sooner have they entered the confines of Caraval than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told 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. Real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel, Caraval is a new favourite with booksellers who compare it with Erin Morgenstern’s bestselling novel The Night Circus.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473629165
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 289g
  • Dimensions: 199 x 174 x 26 mm

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Like No Book I Have Ever Read Before
I went into this book with slihtly low expectations. My friend had recommended Caraval and The Night Circus to me; and after reading the Night Circus I was... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
Expected more..
Caravel only gets three stars from me purely because I like the idea behind it, and because of it's twists near the end. There was so much more potential t... READ MORE
Distinctly Underwhelmed
Scarlett and Donatella have an awful life on Trisda with their domineering father and Scarlett has decided that their best way out is through the magic of ... READ MORE
Marjorie Odonnell
A Fabulous Debut!
So apparently there’s this book called Caraval by debut author Stephanie Garber. You’ve likely been seeing hype about if for the past year. I know I have. ... READ MORE
Jessica Stewart
One of the most innovative, atmospheric and highly original YA novels I've ever read!
Caraval is an annual theatre performance, festival, treasure hunt and life-changing game all wrapped into one magical package. Ever since her mother disapp... READ MORE
Page to Stage Reviews (Zarina)
Excellent, I loved this book and will remember it for some time
Nev Edwards
It's very satisfying when you finally get to read something you've been meaning to for years. Caraval is one of those books for me, and wow, just wow. It ... READ MORE
Milica S.
Pleasantly surprised
I bought this book as part of a new years resolution to read more. As soon as I started to read this book I could not put it down. I would definitely reco... READ MORE
enchanting and whimsical
Caraval starts in an island called Trisda. Scarlett is engaged to a mysterious Count she has never met, but she's convinced he's the key to her and her sis... READ MORE
Filipa Mendonca
Everything about this book was pure escapism. There was a twist or a cliffhanger in just about every chapter which kept me reading long into the night. Thr... READ MORE
Georgia  Parmley
I read this book very quickly because I just couldn’t seem to put it down, the characters were so well written that I got lost in them. I love how well Dan... READ MORE
Chanade Cooney
5 stars
I find it hard to review a book when I've enjoyed it, because i feel like what i enjoyed is everything. The biggest thing i liked about Caraval was the sis... READ MORE
Nicola Danby
The reintroduction to my favourite genre that I needed!
This is possibly one of the most talked about books and series in the book lover world! I am a huge fantasy fan but haven’t read much of it lately as I’ve ... READ MORE
My Shared Bookshelf
The Magical Telling Of An Equally Magical Adventure
This is possibly one of the most talked about books and series in the book lover world! I am a huge fantasy fan but haven’t read much of it lately as I’ve ... READ MORE
My Shared Bookshelf
I had read a lot of books in my time but WOW. This book and the following two: Legendary and Finale were mesmerizing. I LOVED it and cannot recommend it mo... READ MORE
Jamila Din
I had seen images of Caraval floating around social media a lot so had high expectations, and the book did not disappoint. The world of Caraval has magical... READ MORE
Chloe Hardy
An Utterly Enchanting & Mesmerising Magical Filled Read
’Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.’ Magical and mesmerising, beautiful and dangero... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
Sophisticated and intricate
Captivated from the first has it all: intrigue, adventure and two main love stories, not just one! I read too fast sadly....and ordered the othe... READ MORE
Joulia Fraser
Loved it
I was sucked into the story! I loved it so so much! It also had me at the edge of my seat.
Surprisingly great, hard to put down!
Like many other people, I read this book after reading The Night Circus, which I was quite disappointed with. Caraval seemed to be quite well rated, so I d... READ MORE
Mia Williams
Ever wanted to play in a game but it’s a mystery
Just read this book!! Have you ever thought I’d love to step into a wardrobe a mirror be taken flight by a twister or even discover you are a wizard! ... READ MORE
Rhona Ferguson
Totally recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next ones in the series!
I read this book as part of our discord buddy read, really enjoyed it! It was soo different to what I expected it to be like. I thought it was just goin... READ MORE
Abbie Davidson
For the first half of this book, I was in love.
I could not see how the book was not consistently getting five stars, but I understood by the time I got to the second half. The book has so many twists, m... READ MORE
honestly this is such a good debut novel. I liked the plot but one thing, characters. I personally found the main character kind of annoying, doesn’t stop ... READ MORE
Megan Oh
A Legendary Book
This book is purely perfect. People who like Alice in wonderland are in for a treat. The twists and turn. The wonderland vibes. The sisterly love. The magi... READ MORE