Book Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber 3.5/5

First off. This Cover! It’s so freaking gorgeous and photos of it do not do it justice!

I really enjoyed Caraval and the whimsical yet dark secrets of that world. I was very excited to start reading Legendary and I read it in one sitting over the weekend! Ryan and his brother were installing irrigation, so I went to hang out on the deck and read my book!

Legendary was fantastic. It was full of the same mystical, sinister magic that Caraval was, with just as many twists and turns! Again, the beauty of this book is in the way things come about and you learn the secrets along the way. Going to into detail in my review would ruin it for you!

I do however recommend this read for sure! If you like fantasy, magic and intrigue with a dark twist it’s definitely for you!

Goodreads Synopsis

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

What I Liked

Tella – I liked that this book was based around Tella this time. You learned a little bit about her in Caraval but it was nice to see things from her perspective this time. She was brave, if a little brash in her decisions and it was nice to see her motivations behind the things she does.

Dante – I really liked Dante in this book. I didn’t really care for him in Caraval as he appeared to be just your typical pretty boy douche. In Legendary though, you learn so much more about him and his character. It was really fun to watch his interactions with Tella and to try and figure out his secrets before they were revealed.

The Fates – I thought adding the fates into this book was a fantastic way to keep the plot going. The mystery surrounding them, and what they had to do with the girls mother was fascinating. It brought a different feel to this book than Caraval. It felt more do or die than the first book.

What I Didn’t Like

Jacks – I didn’t care for the character of Jacks. I understand he was integral to the plot, I just didn’t love how he was written. He seemed a little cliche to me as the good looking villain. He had decent character development as far as his backstory, I just felt like he could have been so much more.

Scarlett – It’s not that I didn’t like her character, it’s more just that she wasn’t really in this book. I loved watching her relationship with Julian grow in Caraval and it seemed she was just kind of randomly thrown into this book at times. You didn’t really get much of her, so it felt a little disconnected that way.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, but I liked Caraval more. With Caraval everything was new and exciting, and while the plot was obviously different in this book, the original wonder that I had reading Caraval was lost due to the similarities. This book seemed a lot more predictable.

Have you read Legendary? What did you think?

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  1. I’m dying to read this book! I read Caraval earlier this year and really loved it. And don’t even get me started on the covers! Ahhhhh they are so pretty.

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  2. I honestly thought Caraval was going to be a stand-alone, and I would’ve been ok with that haha I was wondering if there might be a bit of overlap in the plot because we already learned about Caraval in the first book. I’ll be reading Legendary, though, because I’m curious!

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