Audiobook Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber {4.0}

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Pages: Paperback, 407
My Rating: 4 Stars

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.

When I first heard of Caraval, there was already a lot of hype surrounding it. I didn’t get why people were so excited, because this book made me think of The Night Circus, which was really dragging for me. I mean, they both promise amazing performances and lavish worlds, and I thought that this book might be excessively descriptive of the world. Turns out, I was very, very wrong. I’m really glad that I gave Caraval a chance, because I would have missed out on a fantastic story.

Caraval is not my typical read, what with all the deception and excitement that happens in the story, but I loved it nonetheless. Truth be told, I don’t really know how to review this book because so many things happened within just 400 pages, and I still can’t wrap my head around everything that happened. But what I can say is that it had my heart pumping, my head guessing and my whole being anxious. It kept me on my toes, and it has that addicting feel to it that I just couldn’t stop listening to it even though I was supposed to be reading other books.

Caraval is so far from what I expected it to be, and I’m just glad that I caved into the hype, because the hype is totally worth it. The world and the characters are so complex, and the mystery is really intriguing. There’s just too much more to find out about this world, and I cannot wait for the next book!

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The Narrator: The narrator is truly amazing. I think that she played a part in my loving this book. She really had so much emotion in her voice, and I love how she portrayed the voices of each character differently. I would love to listen to more audiobooks narrated by her. I think my only problem was the long “No”s from Scarlet. I don’t know, they sounded weird to me, like I just wanted to fast forward the audio so I wouldn’t have to hear it. But other than that, she really did an amazing job.

worth the hype stars
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11 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber {4.0}

  1. I loved listening to this as an audiobook as well! I actually first came across the narrator Rebecca Soler because she narrated the Lunar Chronicles and I loved her voice so I actually so actively seek out other books she’s narrated now! She’s done Marissa Meyers other book Heartless and will be doing Renegades. I haven’t listened yet but she also did Empress of a Thousand Skies and Jane Unlimited, both of which I plan to listen to!

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  2. Nice review. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers praise this one and have been curious about the story. It definitely sounds exciting. Glad you ended up enjoying the story. I saw that book two is coming next year. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one before that.

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  3. Oh, I’ve been on the fence with reading Caraval (the hype has truly scared me away from it) but I think it is time I gave it a chance and perhaps will come to enjoy it just like you did! Thanks for the great review! ♥

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  4. Glad you enjoyed Caraval and it overcame your expectations. It was such an enjoyable read. I understand your worry it would be like The Night Circus but it really was it’s own book and I am very excited for the next one. I did roll my eyes at the book as the story ended a little too conveniently but it was a great read and I’m glad I bought a copy.

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