Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Publication: May 29th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
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“The key to a charade like this is to forget it’s an act. Invite the lie to play until you become so comfortable with it that it feels like the truth.”
1) Plot & Pace
Caraval was good but Legendary was…wait for it…LEGEN-FREAKING-DARY!!!! OMG!!! GUYS!!!!! THIS BOOK!!!!! I am so amazed by Miss Graber because she really amped up the game in this book (figuratively and literally in the book.) There was not a moment where I was not entrapped in this world. Put it to you this way, I finished the book in two days and I am so mad because I have to wait for book three. In the sequel, we are now in Donatella ‘Tella’ Dragna’s mind as she navigates this twisted and dangerous world. If you thought Scarlett’s game was savage Tella’s game is ruthless. She is literally in a race against time for her actual life. But let me back up a few. We start off right where book one ended. This is the day after Scarlett’s game of Caraval ended and Tella wakes up next to the alluring and sexy Dante. If you remember how book one ended Tella got a note at the after party from “her friend.” We don’t know who he is yet but he is coming to collect his end of the deal in exchange for her mom who we now know is alive. What we don’t know is what happened to her. Legend is hosting another game of Caraval (which is unusual according to the performers) on Velenda for the Queen Elantine’s birthday. Tella has to go because in order to get her mom back her friend requires Legend’s true identity. In order to get it, she must win Caraval. But the game is deadly this time and appears to be far more real. They say not to get swept away but if Tella wants to win he might just have to. The plot thickens with every page. Garber really is excellent at never letting us know what is real or fake until she is ready for us to know. The twists and turns are insane and leave my jaw on the floor. The pace is fast and heart pounding and in the end, you still get a cliffhanger and need to know what will happen next. I swear all I kept saying is WHO IS LEGEND? IS IT HIM? IS IT HER? IS IT YOU? IS IT ME? The ending is just wow. We learn who legend is and people THEY ARE A LEGEND. THEIR MIND IS SO POWERFUL BECAUSE THE WHOLE HEIR THING WOW SHOOK. Yes, I say they and their because I won’t spoil it mwahahaha.
“It was the sort of kiss she could have lived in. The sort of kiss worth dying for.”
2) Writing & World-Building/Setting
Legend’s island was beautiful and wonderful but Valenda is stunning!!!! The world Garber builds in this book is even more magical. Every section is so different and like stepping into a whole new place. I wanted to get immersed in this world and run around like it was a playground. I truly lost myself in this book. The writing still had those weird descriptions like “he tasted like exquisite nightmares and stolen dreams.” But, it was not as bad as last time. The writing was whimsical and magical. Ugh. I just loved it.
“Maybe I want to sleep here,” Tella mumbled. “I’d wager it’s safer than in your arms.” “What’s so dangerous about my arms?” he murmured. “For me, everything.”
3) Characters & Development/Romance
Tella was an amazing protagonist. I loved being inside her mind. She was witty, smart, and cunning. She did what she had to do in order to survive. She was exciting and hearing about her personality through her words was so rich and rewarding. Tella is a true gem. Dante was such a great character. He was literally so funny and I love how he had this air of mystery to him. Jacks was HILARIOUS. I know he was the Prince of Hearts and the reason Tella could have died but guys he is such a great character. I am so excited to see more of them all in book three. The development was great on all of them especially Tella. I was a bit sad at the Scarlett and Julian issue and I hope she doesn’t make a mistake. I don’t like where she left off and I don’t like her dumb plan.
Tella felt she was doomed to always have unrequited love. My girl was going through it. But she will thrive. She will have her happy ending. Her and ****** will be so powerful. Their minds people are so powerful. They are so sexy and I died at every moment.
“I’ve never wanted to be someone else until that moment I saw him kiss you on the dance floor.” “You should have asked me to dance first.” “I will, next time.”
“I think I’d like you even if you were the villain.” She smiled against his lips. “Maybe I’d like you even if you were a hero.” “But I’m not the hero,” he reminded her. “Then perhaps I’m here to save you.”
“I know you were willing to sacrifice yourself for her, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice you.”
Her adventures were only beginning. They would be bigger than promises, and brighter than constellations. By the end of them. Tella would be the legendary one.
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