Sunday, 19 February 2017

Quest to find CARAVAL's hidden cover

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
In 2015, I was lucky enough to be selected onto Mónica Bustamante Wagner's team for The Writer's Voice. Her guest coach that year was the very lovely Stephanie Garber, whose sumptuous debut, CARAVAL, was released at the end of last month. I pre-ordered my copy and received some gorgeous goodies - a bookmark, a ribbon, a postcard and a poster - from the publishers as a result.

Stephanie has flown over to the UK from her home in America this week, so check out her book tour if you're in the vicinity. She'll be at the following places:

The hidden cover revealed
20th February @ 7pm - Waterstones Piccadilly, London

21st February @ 7pm - Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

22nd February @ 6.30pm - Waterstones, Liverpool 1

23rd February @ 12.30pm - Waterstones, Sheffield

23rd February @6.30pm - Waterstones, Birmingham

Not only does the outer cover of CARAVAL look gorgeous, but there are four secret hidden covers underneath the dust jacket. Mine was of a rose, but there are also ones of a dress, a clock face and a circus tent. You'll have to read the book to find out the significance of each (I was rather enchanted by the dress), and here's the blurb to entice you further:

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

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.