Legendary by Stephanie Garber | Book Review

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Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Release: 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★☆

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WELCOME TO CARAVAL... THE GAMES HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN.

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 fulfil her bargain and deliver Legend's name, she'll lose everything - maybe even her life. 

But if she wins, Legen and Caracal will be destroyed forever. 

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I wasn't a huge fan of Caraval. I thought it was an ok book but was one that was overhyped which only lead to disappointment. So I'll try not to overhype Legendary, Caraval's sequel, and do the same thing, but this book was so much better than the first! Whilst it had all the same magical, trippy and surreal elements to it as Caraval did, the driving force behind the plot was so much stronger and made me not want to put it down. In fact it almost made me late for work the two days it took me to power through it. 

I found reading about Tella much more interesting than Scarlett, which is somthing that I didn't expect as I was wary about reading a sequel told from a different POV.  Especially one we didn't see much of in Caraval and what we did see, I didn't particularly like. Tella however, had so much more character and depth than I expected. I loved reading what she was thinking, her conflicts and how she dealt with them as she developed throughout the novel. In Legendary, you get a much deeper insight into what drives her, as well as other sides to her personality that weren't expanded on or even looked at in Caraval. 

The ending is probably where I have my biggest problem. It was pretty predictable and I would think most people would have guessed it. But there are so many questions left unanswered, it almost feels as though it wasn't an ending at all but just a small break before it continues.(I just looked it up and there will be a fourth and final book in this series, Finale, which should be released mid next year. Ok, I am now so excited for that! I hope all the unanswered questions are actually answered though...)

There are a few more characters that I would have liked to have seen more of, or at least got to learn a bit more about them. Jacks, for example, is a very intriguing character, and in true Caraval style, I am not sure what to believe about him and what not to (or if that's me over thinking things too much.) I hope to see more about what makes him tick than just the typical "because he's evil" line as I really hope there is more to it than that. 

I also was completely drawn into the romance. I don't think this is ruining anything as it is pretty clear who the romantic interest is in by the second page of the first chapter, but I was completely rooting for Dante and Tella. Sometimes more than at other points in the book, but Dante was one of the characters I wanted to read more about from Caraval and I definitely got to in this book. But again, more please for the next! 

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It is clear to say that I loved Legendary, a lot more than I expected! If you are unsure whether or not to carry on the series after Caraval, give it ago as you might be like me and completely change your mind!

If you've read Legendary, what did you think? 
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