21 May, 2018

{ ARC Review } Legendary by Stephanie Garber

about the book }

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Caraval, book 2
Publishes May 29, 2018 by Flatiron Books
e-ARC received from netgalley
Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

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.


my review }

♫ ♫ ♫ 

I don't remember a lot about Caraval to be honest. I liked it when I first read it but that was so long ago for a person who hardly remembers the plot of the last book she read. Still, I liked it enough to really want this book, so I guess that's something? 

I did like Legendary. I liked Tella more than Scarlett—I liked how bold she was and how unashamed she was to be herself. I liked her sharp tongue and sharp wit and the exchanges between her and certain characters. Tella, I think, was my favourite character. 

I even liked the romance, as push and pull as it was! The love interest was enigmatic as you would expect and combined with Garber's writing, he was also more enticing than I initially thought. It was so different than Scarlett's relationship with Julian that I couldn't help but be drawn to this character, even though I spent a lot of time side eyeing him at first. I wouldn't say he won me over, but I did like him well enough. Plus, it got a little heated sooo [insert eye emoji].

There's also the matter of another character, a certain friend. It's clear where he stands to Tella but honestly I loved him. I wish he had more page time. He was probably the only other character I really loved straight off the bat? And it was just clear that he wasn't a "good" person—you guys should know by now that I love my morally ambiguous characters.

The thing that gets me most about Garber's books is the writing. Look. I hate it. I hate purple prose and overly descriptive writing. It's annoying and most of the time, it comes out either pretentious or sounds ridiculous and it felt like that a lot in this book. I probably rolled my eyes no less than 20 times getting through it because, at some points, it was just straight up ridiculous.

Anyway. This ended in a weird place for me? Like it doesn't really feel finished. Maybe Tella's story but there's definitely an opening for another book because it ends at strange note. So! 3.5 stars! Do you guys have those books where you feel like you won't care about later but like in the moment? This feels like that to me.

[Update: there's now going to be a 3rd book! So yay to not having to deal with this weird ending!]


buy the book }

amazon | barnes & noble** | book depository | indie bound
kindle | nook | kobo | ibooks | google play

**B&N offers a special edition, which is where the link should take you to

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