Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine (as seen on any number of book blogs but that I specifically borrowed from The Candid Cover) that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Here at Completely Booked, this week’s pick for Waiting on Wednesday is:
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Summary (From Goodreads): Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game…
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and 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.
Thoughts: I was really trying to hold off a little longer before I did this one, but I couldn’t. I’ve never been the patient type and while all of the YA book world is talking about this book, I really haven’t been. I think I fell in love with this book because it made me think of The Night Circus, which I said in my Greek Mythology Book Tag is one of my two favorite books, and that was before it even has its beautiful cover or before I realized that Stephanie Garber is one of the nicest people on Twitter. I’ve read the first chapter in the YA Book Buzz sampler and it’s clearly its own book and while it wouldn’t be right to compare it to The Night Circus, I feel like I’ll love it almost just as much. It’s the story of two sisters, a traveling show that may or may not be as dangerous as originally thought and the lengths one must go to rescue the other. I love sister stories. I have sisters so I love stories that explore that bond. I was absolutely entranced by the excerpt I read (and I won an ARC that is hopefully on its way to me soon), so I can’t wait to read more.
Are you excited for Caraval? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?