Released: May 01st 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Author: Stephanie Garber
Pages: 448

'Remember its all a game. What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you. But don't let any of it trick you

I realise I am extremely late to the party with this one, especially considering the third instalment has been announced for release already. I had heard of so many people reading this along with some rave reviews, I decided on my travels to London to call in at the UK's largest Waterstones and have a nosey round. With over 8 miles of bookshelves its safe to say I spent a WHILE in there. 

In the end I did pick up Caraval and I'm so glad I did, I'm a quick reader at the best of times but with a pit stop in Costa and a train journey home I'd virtually finished it. My favourite thing about reading is when a book sweeps you away to somewhere else. Caraval has that effect, it makes you want to be part of the game, it makes you imagine what it would be like to run off to an island and take part in some mysterious game that no one knows about. 

Tella has never left the isle where her father lives and controls their lives, Tella is the misbehaving sister. She clearly loves her sister Scarlet but does not want their lives to be controlled by their father. She wants to be free and when she sees an opportunity to run away she takes it.

Scarlet has longed to take part in one of Legend's games, writing to him year after year only to receive no correspondence. Scarlet knows that marrying a man she has never met will save both her and her sister from her fathers demands. But when her sister offers her the one opportunity she has always wanted, can she really go against everything she has known is right?

When the two sisters arrive on the new isle, there in two very different circumstances. Forced to take part in Legend's Caraval, Scarlet must use everything she knows about her sister and keep her sanity against what Caraval wants her to believe is true. 

Can Scarlet really go against her fathers wishes? Keep her head against the game? Find her sister and save her from any grave danger? All whilst falling in love with a sailor? 

'At midnight on the first day, the show begins and the visitors become players. Each of them is vying for the coveted prize: a single wish.' 

Truth be told if someone said you had to compete in a game to get a single wish of your choice, would you play? 

Its a fast paced book with lots of twists and turns, when I was reading, it was almost like I could imagine myself there playing the game. Or maybe I just wanted to be. Its brilliantly written and keeps you hanging on for the next chapter. Its interesting, unlike other books you start piecing together the clues yourself, but until each part is revealed you don't actually notice the game is already unfolding. The characters are easy to imagine and relate too and I like that about certain books, everyone pictures characters to look slightly different unlike a film where everyone is seeing the same person. Both Scarlett and Tella remind me of how me and my own sister are which makes the book more relatable.

I really enjoyed reading Caraval and would highly recommend it to anyones TBR pile, I've already added Legendary, the second in the series. You'll be hearing about that soon, do let me know in the comments what you think of Caraval.