Reviewed by Melanie on June 28, 2017
This book came in my second Owlcrate back in February. I had scoured the internet trying to determine what the mystery book would be, and of all the books I found, this one was the most intriguing. I was overjoyed when I opened my box and there it was.
Scarlett, set to be married to a man she’s never met, and her sister, Donatella, are invited to Caravel after years of dreaming about participating in the game. Once Scarlett arrives, Tella is kidnapped, and to win the game, Scarlett must find her.
The world that Stephanie Garber has created is as bright and colorful as it is terrifying. As some one who doesn’t care for circuses, I would love to visit the world that Garber describes and participate in the greatest performance in the world. The imagery of the setting describes something not only beautiful, but delightfully frightening.
Scarlett is my least favorite character, even though she is the main character. She’s whiney and spends most of the book complaining about this or that and never really appreciating all that is happening around her. While I understand that she was concerned about her sister, and what would happen to her arranged marriage if her father were to tell her fiance’ what happened, her betrothed ended up being a jerk as well. All in all I enjoyed the book and look forward to the sequel next year.