Book Review- Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Guess who’s life is back on track?! Not mine! Ha. See what I did. I’m a joker, what can I say?

27883214 Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


The blurb warned to not get swept away in Caraval but what did I do? I hurtled in and SPLAT. I forgot about reality. I also built a dome there, leaving the lease with a smiley face under my name…

I read the synopsis a while ago but didn’t right before I read it. I dived somewhat half prepared I guess. Do I regret? Hells no. I grabbed this book in the first place thanks to Mandy @BookPrincessReviews ! Mandy, your review didn’t lie. The cover made me squeal looking at it! It has two of my favorite colors and when I find out who specifically created it I will be sending the sir or ma’am bars of gold. Well, bricks painted gold because I eat too much. *stuffs hot cheetos quickly in mouth like a professional spy*


I never read a book similar to this but I’ve heard themes like the Hunger Games being compared. I never gave the H.G. series a try but from the movies I can say they could be slightly alike. As I went through the pages I got an Alice in Wonderland vibe from it because of the endless magic and problems that arose trying to leave. I was in a state of euphoria for a good 48 hours!

Scarlett Dragna and her younger sister, Tella Dragna, go on a INTOXICATING and HIGHLY DANGEROUS ADVENTURE due to their abusive father. Tella’s obligation to helping her sister and stubbornness is what furthers the story. When Tella is kidnapped by someone very special, Scarlett must find her before anyone damages her poor naive sibling. The plot was told from a third person point of view but MOSTLY concentrated on Scarlett also known as “Crimson” which you will get and fangirl over if you read it! This led to secrets being revealed as Scarlett delve into the world’s beauty, traps, and tricks so each road you think you crossed there would always be a car halting your stop. Now usually I get mad because I’m a detective at heart. There isn’t a time where I don’t attempt to untangle the yarn to figure out the secrets being hidden. My goal was to beat the character here but I could not to any avail! The DELICIOUS DELIGHT was savored as I flipped pages and plot evolved into something bigger.

Stephanie Garber has a gift- few posses- when describing a scene or intricate objects. The moving images in my mind were FLAWLESS down to the petal of a rose. There were two or three moments where she went on and you forgot what you were reading. That caused a bit of a problem but nothing that should be pointed at and ridiculed.


Scarlett has ONE goal and that is to leave the island and her father who is Governor Dragna behind. She has an idea on how to accomplish this without the risks but it was that, that infuriated me most. Every time she repeated the “way”, I rolled my eyes. Dramatically, of course because it’s me. Other than Scarlett’s need to repeat it, I loved the the character she was.  Brave, resilient. Put her needs backseat to those she cared for. As an older sibling she loved her sister and would do the impossible for her but I didn’t get the same feeling from the other sister…

Tella Dragna was the opposite. She slept around to cover the pain her father embedded into her. Blond curls and said to be extremely beautiful, she had a MAD case of daddy issues. All throughout the surprises revealed, rooted my dislike for her to the ground. Although their came point where nothing is at it seems and it is best to not come to conclusions. Ever.

Now the special boy. We all knew this was coming. The “most beautiful, stunning” sailor’s name is Julian and somehow got wrapped in the strands of Scarlett’s life. He was a pompous jerk. When I thought of writing this review, I’d hypothesized there was no end to this man’s douchebaggery because that’s how long he went with being a total jerk face. He was a person who went around like Tella which is why I also thought he would be with her but NO. I wouldn’t want that at all. Seeing the people they become and the changes made to their stories, I can’t handle that. *wink wink* (There was secret spoiler there.) *nudge nudge* When his feelings for Scarlett were present, he was sort of a CLICHE. It didn’t bother me because the author didn’t make him a super cliche. If she did, I would’ve rated this book less since I’m constantly hunting for different.

Ah, lastly there is Legend beholding the title as the Master of Caraval. Ladies and gentleman, he is WOW. I don’t know if I mean that in a good or bad way. Too many things to calculate but I am considering getting the top hat he is so incredibly famous for. Hearing there was a second book suppose to come out in 2018 I got giggly with joy and infuriated because I need to know what Scarelett, Julian, Tella, and Legend are doing! I guess I’m just gonna put my alarm clock for a year, sit in a rocking chair, grab a cane so I can poke people, and wait. *huffs*

Quotes from Caraval~

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”

“It is not fate, it is simply the future observing that which we crave the most. Every person has the power to change the date if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything”

“She remembered her first impression of him, tall, roughly handsome, and dangerous, like poison dressed up in an attractive bottle.”

“Every touch created colors she had never seen. Colors as soft as velvet and as sharp as sparks that turned into stars.”

“No one is truly honest. Even if we don’t lie to others, we often lie to ourselves.”

“She’d once heard emotions and desires fueled the magic that made wishes possible. But either Scarlett didn’t feel enough, or the stories she’d heard about wishes were made of lies.”


In a world, a game filled with epic wonders and scenarios yet to be fully imagined by the brain, Stephanie Garber did a fantastical job. Rich in magic and awe it will be a unputdownable book I’ll never forget. This is kind of disappointing though because I recently told my brother magic wasn’t real. Aw dammit!

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Interested in reading Caraval? Get it now!- Amazon & Barnes and Noble 

Thank you for reading! Another review I can write on my list of accomplishments. CA CHING! Since it is dark around my zone, goodnight and sleep tight! Remember your incredible in your own special way!

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5 thoughts on “Book Review- Caraval by Stephanie Garber

    • Olga's Oddish Obsession says:

      No problem and thank you so much for reading! I hope you do give it a try at a moment or another because I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    Omigosh, are the koalas new, Olga? BECAUSE THEY ARE ADORBALLEEEEEEEEE. Just so cute and adorable and omg, I can’t. Anyway, I’m super, super glad that you enjoyed, and your review was excellent. You were so right that it was a delicious delight. And yes, Olga, I totally feel that you need a top hat. It would be so amazing. Wonderful, wonderful review! 😀

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    • Olga's Oddish Obsession says:

      Yea they are kinda new! I wanted to “Olgafy” it. I’m not so patiently waiting to buy the other book you recommended! Thank you, Mandy! I’m gonna get a hat with all the princesses and their beaus. My cheeks are turning a thousand different shades of pink and red!


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