As part of my desire to spotlight Caravel for its release today, I've compiled 5 non-spoilery reasons why you should read it. Thanks again to Hodder for the ARC, and I hope you enjoy.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever
1) Magic: The Isle of Trisda may lack magic but Legend's personal palace on Isla De Los Suenos certainly does not. If you're looking for a darkly intriguing tale, sprinkled with magic and myth, then this is your book. Almost a cross between Alice In Wonderland and Labyrinth, you certainly cannot trust your eyes.
2) Mystery: Who kidnapped Scarlett's sister, Donatella? Is everything in Caraval really a game, or is it more nefarious than Scarlett, and we, are led to believe?
3) Illusion: In Caraval, you can't always trust your eyes, and the same goes for this book. Twists, turns and distrust abound, making for an intriguing game of wit and sanity.
4) Legend: Another to add to the neverending list of book boyfriends, Legend is both aloof - intimidating - but also possibly romantic, in a strange way. He certainly lives up to his name.
5) Family: As always, I love books about relationships, about family, and at the heart of everything - beneath the glamour and game - Caraval is about family.
If you're still not convinced, check out the cover which I featured yesterday, here, including a close up look at one of the secret designs. Or check out my ARC review of Caraval, here.
Is Caraval on your TBR? As always do feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading.