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  • Writer's picturePamela Jonas

Book Recommendation: "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber

After falling in love with "Once Upon a Broken Heart” by Garber (jump to review), I had to read her first book from her earlier trilogy, “Caraval.”


In a nutshell, the plot involves Scarlett (who is desperate for adventure before her pre-arranged marriage) and her sister Donatello who travel to an island to participate in an elaborate fantasy game by the elusive master Legend. Although Scarlett was told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance, she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find her kidnapped sister before the five nights of the game are over or her beloved sister will disappear forever.


This is a fast-moving story with lots of mystery and magical elements, and the twists and turns in the story held my attention to the very end for a very surprising conclusion. The strong sister connection between Scarlett and Donatella carries you through from beginning to end.


Stephanie Garber’s writing really draws me into her unique world. I particularly enjoy the way she writes about colors and smells.


I loved this story so much that I bought the rest of the trilogy. “Legend” and “Finale” are impatiently waiting for me to read (and review! so stay tuned). Although I am decades old, I truly enjoy these young adult tales.


I highly recommend the “Caraval” adventure.

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Genres: YA, fantasy, romance



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