If you’re looking for books like Caraval, look no further. These 9 books are sure to sweep you away into a world of mystery and magic.
With characters that will stay with you long after you finish, these stories are perfect for fans of fantasy and romance alike. So curl up with one of these page-turners and get lost in a story that’s out of this world.
Fantasy Books Like Caraval
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna is a fantasy book like Caraval that is filled with adventure, surprises, and battle. This story is about sixteen-year-old Deka who dreads the coming of her blood ceremony, which will determine her membership in the village. Already different due to her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood.
She wants to feel like she finally belongs somewhere. However, the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold – the color of impurity. The consequences for this are far worse than death. Deka must decide whether she will stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to join the emperor’s army of Alaki who are near-immortals like her. Whichever journey she embarks, surprises and dangers await her.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Like a good twist on a classic fantasy story? Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is everything you would imagine if Dorothy was the actual villain of the story. Amy Gumm is recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. She’s been trained to fight, defend, and kill. Her mission is to remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, and take the Lion’s courage.
Most importantly, kill Dorothy and take back the power that went over her head. A place where Good Witches are not trusted and the Wicked Witches are the good ones. Who would have thought that a yellow brick road would lead to this. Amy didn’t ask for any of this, but there’s a crumbling yellow brick road that she must follow.
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas is another great fantasy book similar to Caraval. Five years ago, children went missing into the local woods – including Wendy and her two brothers but leaving Wendy as the only rescued. When children start to go missing again, Wendy and her brothers’ case resurface.
After no recollection of her past, she has no choice but to face her fears and help Peter, a boy she thought only lived her in dreams and has asked for help to find the missing kids. They team up to find the missing children and slowly start to uncover the truth behind Wendy’s brothers. Wendy grieves and heals as she learns the truth. At first, she’s mistrustful of Peter but he slowly gains her trust, especially after she begins to remember Neverland.
Books Like Caraval That Have Romance
Legend by Marie Lu
If you enjoyed the romance side of Caraval, then you will love this next book, Legend by Marie Lu. Imagine a world where the western side of the United States is known as the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbors, and elite families exist. Fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy, born into one of the Republic’s wealthiest elite families. June is groomed for success and to be a part of the Republic’s highest military groups.
However, fifteen-year-old Day was born poor and the country’s most wanted criminal. From two different worlds, June and Day would have never crossed paths. However, June’s brother is murdered and Day becomes the number one suspect. From enemies to lovers trope, this novel will have you on your toes as they uncover truths of what really brought them together.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is another romance novel similar to Caraval. Everyone knows that the circus comes and goes, most of the time it arrives without warning. There’s no public announcement. It just one day arrives, settling into the town’s heart, luring people in. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents, Le Cirque des Reves, only breathtaking experiences happen at night.
However, behind closed tents, a fierce competition is happening between Celia and Marco, two of the youngest magicians. Both have been trained since childhood to become mercurial instructors. But, this game is only meant for one. Despite the competition and high stakes, Celia and Marco dive into love which sets off a domino effect of dangerous consequences. Will the two performers be able to balance their passions?
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a fantasy and romance novel that intertwines a mortal girl’s and a faerie’s lives together. After the murder of her parents, Jude was taken at the age of seven by the High Court faeries. They invited her into their world and despite her mortality, Jude wants nothing more than to belong with them. However, not all Feys welcome humans.
Especially the Prince, Cardan, who is the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. But, to belong to the court, Jude must defy Prince Cardan in order to win her place. A story with lots of deceptions and surprises, Jude discovers her own capacity for bloodshed. This book is intense and breathtaking.
Even More Books Like Caraval
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
There’s plenty of other books that are similar to Caraval. Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart is a Jamaican-inspired fantasy novel about two witches that happen to be revivals. They enter into an alliance in order to take down their common enemy. They are divided by their order, but united by their vengeance. Iraya and Jazmyne will have to put aside their differences, including their hunger for power, to win.
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
This next fantasy novel is modernized with what you would expect life would be for a black teen, Rue, from Houston, Texas. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle is a novel about a teen who enters a new world of ancestral gods – it is her duty to save both humans and god worlds. Rue was born half-god, half-human in a world where gods protected their magic powers and thrived on humans’ suffering.
Rue is desperate to see her sister once again after many years. She returns to Houston despite breaking the “Do Not Leave Law” and discovers that teens of her own skin color are being forced into violence and crime. In this emotional and reiverting novel, you will experience the dangers that Rue and her family and friends embark on.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
And, our final book is Renegades by Marissa Meyer, the first book of a series of superheroes and supervillains. The Renegades all possess extraordinary ability – they are after all, champions of justice. But, Nova walks the line of both hero and villain. She desires to take revenge on the Renegades, until she deeply falls in love with one of them. This novel is jam-packed with adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal similar to that of Caraval that you will enjoy.
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