Caraval #1 by Stephanie Garber

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

Caraval Age Rating, Parents Guide, Characters, Review | 2017
Caraval Age Rating, Parents Guide, Characters, Review | 2017

Caraval is the first book of the trilogy of the Caraval series. It is a Young Adult,  Fiction, Fantasy, Romance novel by Stephanie Garber.  Stephanie Garber’s debut novel Caraval was one of the year’s biggest breakout bestsellers and was named to many best of the year lists. And with the sequel, Legendary, the games have only just begun. “It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”

Book Name Caraval
Series Caraval
Author Stephanie Garber
Genre Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Age Rating 13+
Language English
Date of Publication January 31st, 2017
No. of Page 407
Publisher Flatiron Books

Caraval Age Rating

Caraval age rating is 13+ that means this book is suitable for readers of the age of 13 and up, but in my opinion, 12 year old can also read this book as there is nothing in this book that a 12-year-old can not handle.

Caraval Parents Guide

Book Review

Overall Book Ratings
Profanity
Drinking/Smoking
Violence
Sex Sex/Nudity

The sexual content in the book is limited to brief conversations, where the main male character makes passes at the girl, however, they are brief, and don’t say anything inappropriate.
S3x is mentioned but not described. Kissing and a girl partially undressed (and embarrassed) in front of a man, characters fantasizing about each other.
There is some violence in the novel, and several characters are killed. 
Both the sisters in the book are physically abused by their father, and there’s talk of years of his abuse and manipulation.
A face slashed with a knife, a near-drowning, a drugging and kidnapping, and talk of drowning by force with a girl made to watch. 
Caraval is full of plot twists, secrets, mysteries, and even a few deaths. stabbings, talk of abuse, and a girl previously jumping off a balcony.
Characters drink small amounts of each other’s blood.
A teen girl drinks to excess, game participants hang out in taverns, a man swigs alcohol out of the bottle.
One particular scene at the beginning where a father asks a boy something along the lines of, “Which one of my daughters have you been tasting?” 
Use of word “Bastard” twice.
Some trigger warnings are: Rape Abuse Suicide

Caraval Summary

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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away. [Publishers]

Caraval Review

I will say this book was much better than I expected, it had an interesting and compelling plot, and the magic in it made it even more fantastic. It isn’t too predictable, the characters are well-thought-of, and it sends positive messages of love and loyalty.

Caraval is an incredible book that is a world apart from most other Young Adult fiction novels!! The writing is beautiful and the way the author weaves together the plot is enchanting and will keep you guessing until the end!! Personally, the world that Garber created was what made the book for me and the sisterly love between Scarlett and Donatella only added to this fantastic world! However, I would say that this book would be suitable for a 13-year old (or mature 12-year-old) due to some of the content and the complexity of the plot as the story progresses.

Caraval Characters

  • Jacks, also known as The Prince of Hearts, is a Fate and the former heir to the Elantine Empire. Jacks is described to have pale skin, golden-blond hair, and silver-blue eyes. Jacks appears to be a careless young man who is unbothered by others’ opinions. However, it is actually entirely opposite: Jacks cares sincerely for his reputation and has a cold demeanor. His reputation as a Fate hints that he is quite the charmer but also a heartbreaker. Fates can only feel obsession, lust, possession, and desire — but not love. If a Fate feels love, they will become human.
  • Scarlett Dragna is the older half-sister of Donatella Dragna, step-daughter of Marcello Dragna, and daughter of Paloma Dragna and The Fallen Star. After writing letters to Legend for seven years, she is finally invited to attend Caraval. She is the main protagonist of Caraval and Finale. 
  • Donatella Dragna is Scarlett Dragna’s half-sister and the daughter of Marcello Dragna and Paloma Dragna. She is the main protagonist in Stephanie Garber’s Legendary and Finale. Donatella Dragna is described as a slim lady with honey blonde hair that hangs in soft ringlets over her shoulders. She inherited the majority of her fathers’ light looks, the majority of people call her Tella instead of Donatella. 
  • Legend is the master of Caraval. He is first introduced when Scarlett Dragna begins to write him to come to their Island to perform for her sister Donatella’s birthday. He is played by different performers in each game, but never the same one.
  • Julian Santos is Legend’s brother and a performer in Caraval. Julian is described as young and handsome with golden-brown skin and amber-brown eyes. He has dark hair and is unshaved he has dark stubble and a silver streak along his jaw from giving up a day of his life for Scarlett. Also, Due to Governor Dragna, has a thin, jagged scar that runs from his jaw to the corner of his eye.

Caraval #1 by Stephanie Garber Trailer

Awards

  • Amazon Editors’ Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2017 Young Adult
  • Best Young Adult Books, 2017
  • Teen Read Week: It s Written in the Stars, 2018
  • YALSA Teens’ Top Ten, 2018 Teen
  • Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Teen
  • Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult (Speculative Fiction)
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Northern California Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult

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