Blogmas Book Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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GoodReads Summary:
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.
Legendary (Caraval, #2)Review:
After hearing many mixed reviews from close friends, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like Legendary or not. I liked the first book. It was fun and suspenseful, but I didn’t love it like so many others did. But damn, I really loved Legendary.
In the second installment of the Caraval trilogy, we follow Tella as she takes her turn at trying to win a special version of Caraval. But like in the first book, there’s more at stake than there is for any of the other players. Tella needs to win in order to find her mother, who left years ago. I think I liked this one so much because Tella has mommy issues and that’s something I seriously identify with. I loved her strength. I loved seeing her at her lowest. And most of all, I love the men she finds herself tangled with.
Dante is bae. I loved him in the first book even though he was barely in it and I loved him in this book right up until I hated him. I really am excited to see how things will play out in the finale (Finale, ha ha see what I did there.) Then there’s Jacks, who I also couldn’t help but love even though he was kind of horrible?
I’m happy to be able to say I got a little more of the world-building that I thought was missing from book one. Maybe not necessarily with the whole of the world, but within the culture and the history of this world. We learn that the Fates have been cursed and are doing whatever they can to come back. I loved the magic and myth that came with the information about the Fates. I’m very excited to see more of them and what else we may learn about them in the next book.
Overall, I absolutely adored Legendary. I loved that even though part of the story was resolved, it was by no means a happy ending. There was still so much left to get into for the third book. I loved Tella and Dante and Jack. I loved this round of Caraval and all of the new things we learned. I’m going to go start the final book now.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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