Review: Legendary


Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Published: 2018
Page Count: 443
Rating: 3/5

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Tella and Scarlett are free from their father after a game of Caraval but Tella owes a debt. A debt to a “friend” she has never met and he wants to collect. He helped her escape from her father and he will reunite her with her mother. But he wants Legend’s real name. The only way Tella can find out Legend’s real name is by playing Caraval again in Valenda. After convincing her sister, Scarlett to go to Valenda, they are off but the things that they discover are not what they expected. Tella must play Caraval but she has many choices to make. Will she help her mysterious friend and be reunited with her mother? Or will she help to save Legend and Caraval?

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Ugh. What can I say? I really don’t know how to start this review. After finishing the book, I marked it on Goodreads with a 4-star rating, but now that I’m sitting down to write my review, I lowered it to 3. I was expecting too much of this book and it delivered nothing. I may have mentioned before, that Caraval was my first ever fantasy read. I read it last year when it first came out and I loved it! Since then, I have been reading fantasy books every single month. Rarely, do I ever get bored while reading a fantasy. Well… that is until now. Legendary was an extremely slow build up with a final delivery in the last 40 pages. I’m sorry but I can’t be bored with a book for the first 90%, even if it does have a great ending, and be willing to give it a 4 or 5-star rating.

In my Caraval review, I talked about how Scarlett was kind of annoying and that I would love to see Tella’s point of view. Well, I got that in Legendary. Tella is a much better character than Scarlett. She’s brave and relentless and she doesn’t let anything get in her way. Scarlett and Julian make appearances in Legendary but not a whole lot. The story is about Tella and her quest to save and reunite with her mother. We also get an appearance from Dante, who was a performer for the game of Caraval in the first book. I really like Dante! Him and Tella had a one night thing and she wanted to be done with him but he keeps coming back and I totally ship them! We also see a new character named Jacks. He is suppose to be the heir of Elantine but rumors are circulating around him that he has killed all of the other heirs so he has moved up on the list. I don’t like Jacks and by the end of the book, I feel like Garber wrote him in to be sweet and nice and maybe for us to have sympathy towards him, but no! I do not!

Also, can I just say, where did all the Caraval magic go? Legendary is suppose to be a game of Caraval and I didn’t feel like we were in a game at all. It was a lot of Tella doing her own thing and walking around Valenda. And that’s why I was so bored with the book because not a whole lot happens. There’s another big part of the story with the Fates, and I can’t get into to much detail about it without spoiling it but by the end of the book, I still had a lot of questions about exactly how all of that works.

I have the unpopular opinion when it comes to Legendary. I can see on Goodreads that many of my friends have loved it and most of them love it even more than Caraval but unfortunately, not for me. I saw that the third book is called Finale and I most likely will read it so that I can hopefully get all my questions answered from this book.

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