Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Safety or adventure ? Which would you plump for and how far would you go to escape a toxic environment ? Caraval (F GAR) is a magical tale of two sisters with very different outlooks on life. It is set on a secluded island in an enchanted world, where the line between reality and fantasy blurs rapidly as the story progresses. In Legend’s world, nothing is what it seems; wishes and clues are exchanged for one’s innermost secrets. Adventure and intrigue lurk around every corner. Only the fastest can win. Yet the tale of Caraval is not spun as a contest but rather as a quest. For Tella is to be the prize this year.  The pressure is on, for Scarlett has five days to find her sister before the game is over and Tella disappears forever.

Some may find the world-building a little weak, especially if they have read The Night Circus, but Caravel remains a singularly captivating story. We shall definitely be purchasing the sequel, Legendary, when it is comes out in May!