[Book Review] Legendary - Stephanie Garber


Title: Legendary (Caraval #2)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton 
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Pages: 418 pages
ISBN: 1473629187 (ISBN13: 9781473629189)
Format: Hardback
Start Date: July 22th 2018
Finish Date: July 31st 2018

(Beware of spoilers!!!!)


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 was the second book of Caravel series. Second book was more of the journey of Scarlet’s sister, Donatella Dragna. If in the first book was about Scarlet’s journey to search her sister in the game, in Legendary it was about Tella’s journey to release their mother by playing the game.

This time it was Tella who played Caraval which was a special Caraval that held closely with the first one. Because it was special, the journey tailing Tella was also special. She got to meet the Prince of Hearts who apparently the one that kidnapped her mother in a card. And in order to release her mother, she needed to present Legend, the master of Caraval himself to the Prince of Hearts. So then the Caraval once again begun.

(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*

World Building: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

As a Caraval lover, I was once again amazed with the new world that Stephanie Garber brought. Legendary pictured a whole different world in the same Caraval taste. If Caraval was full of colorful scene, Legendary was full with a more circus scene in a real world.

I loved how the Fate cage was portrait. I also loved the sky carriage that brought Tella here and there. I also loved the dark side of the Valenda city. Moreover, I loved how those scenes were related or connected (really I don’t know how describe this because I was love it to the maxxxxx!!!

Plot: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

Somehow the story line was predictable. I could predict of who Legend was. But I got perception that the author wanted us to predict at the beginning same as Tella did but in the end felt heartbroken when we were finally shown the true Legend.

There was only a few unpredictable twist but the plot went up and down that made me hard to put the book down for a single moment. Another thing that I liked that this was darker than Caraval the first book and pack with emotional tension. I love Legendary more than Caraval.

Character: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

Meet Tella and Dante. These two characters are my favorite especially Dante. I used to love Julian in Caraval but then when I know the true personality of Dante in Legendary, I changed to him because suddenly I remember Rhysand my ultimate book boyfriend (hahahahaha). Well I guess I am the typed who easily fell in love with a bad boy character.

Moreover, Tella was not as weak as her sister. Tella was strong which the character of female lead that I like in a book. I also met Jacks, the Prince of Hearts that was also charming. In the end I still didn’t get whether he was the antagonist one or not.

The end of the book gave me a book hangover really!!! Aside of them, I met another character (beside Scarlet and Julian of course) that felt magical. Well, they only got small part but it was hard to forget. You will know more if you read it.

Writing-style: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

Stephanie Garber was a debuted author when she wrote Caraval. I fell in love with her writings since her first book because she had a unique flowing conversation style. Her writing style was easily to read in a young adult fantasy novel. It was good for them who was like me, a non-native English speaker. I can understand the conversation easily but unlike reading a middle grade book.

Others: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star

I loved the UK hardback version so much. I bought the UK also to match with the first book. In the second book I got the “Shattered Crown” hardcover design. But I don’t know the color quality of the second book seemed not as flawless as the first. The blue color was fade not strong as the black in Caraval book. Moreover, there were some mis-typed in the book and I felt like the printing of the content was a bit slanting. So I could not give this a full five stars.

"Every story has four parts - the beginning, the middle, the almost ending, and the true ending."

"Every good story needs a villain.
But the best villains are the ones you secretly like."

"If you can convince yourself it's true, you can convince anyone."

(Goodreads: [star rating="4.31" numeric="yes"] from 11,006 Ratings per August 10th 2018)

This is something that I am gonna reread in the future

I am not definitely gonna unhaul this one :-D.


Sandrine JB

Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads

NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

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