Caraval

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Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval, #1
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: 1/31/17
Pages: 416
Source: ARC

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Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

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. Continue reading

Top 10 Anticipated Reads 2017

2017 is here!! And so are some of the 2017 new book releases. My TBR list is already growing, so I figure it’s only fair if yours grows too. While there are TONS of books I’m excited to have come out, I’m going to try and narrow it down to just 10. They aren’t listed in any order. This list is based on The Broke & The Bookish weekly prompt. Are some of these your most anticipated reads? What are you looking forward to reading?

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I was able to read this book in 2016 and it was MY FAVORITE READ OF THE YEAR! Yes, I loved it (and plan to review it this Friday). Caraval is about two sisters, Scarlett and Tella who escape from their abusive father to Caraval, a magical and interactive performance/game that grants the winner one wish. When Tella is kidnapped after arriving on the island where Caraval is held, Scarlett chooses to team up with Julian, the mysterious guy that helped the sisters escape, in order to enter the game and find who took her sister. This book was captivating and beautifully written, plus there will be a sequel!

  1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series, which I loved! Red Queen follows Mare, a Red who is suppressed by the Silver. Silver are considered elite due to the power’s their silver blood gives them. When Mare finds herself working in the palace for the Silver’s she hates it’s revealed that she has powers despite being a Red. As the elite claim her as a long lost Silver to cover up her true background, it provides her the perfect opportunity to work with a rebel group who calls themselves the Red Guard. There’s blood, romance, and the best elements/tropes from YA mashed together for an action-packed series.

  1. American Street by Ibi Zobi

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