Book Review: “Legendary”

“Legendary” by Stephanie Garber

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, 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.

I liked the shifting of the story from Scarlett’s perspective to Tella’s perspective. I wasn’t big Tella fan in Caraval. She was just too reckless for my taste. I’m starting to warm up to her now. She does have an idea of what she’s trying to accomplish. She’s not just acting foolishly. I actually grew pretty annoyed with Scarlett in this story. Her behavior with Julian just makes me want to bang my head into the wall.

The Caraval part deux storyline was a bit lacking. I wasn’t thrilled to be going back into world of Caraval right away. It was interesting to see a different set up of the game though. There just wasn’t enough of the actual game going on for my taste. It was just taking a backseat to the other storylines. The Fates storyline was confusing. The Lost Mother storyline was a bit boring. There were a lot of storylines trying to compete for page space so things get convoluted.

I KNOW it’s part of the game but I’m growing weary of trying to figure out what’s real and what’s a part of the game.

Romance really isn’t my thing so I wasn’t into all of the romance stories going on. It didn’t help that it felt like love triangles were being hinted at/forced when there wasn’t a need for them. The ridiculous flirting with other people just made things worse.

The purple prose is back. I can’t tell if I’m just used to Garber’s writing or if there was less of it in Legendary. I didn’t hate it as much as I did the first time.

I DID enjoy the book though! I promise. I know my review seems a bit harsh but I did enjoy the ride. I’m off to Finale now.

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