Friday, April 6, 2018

Let's Talk: "Legendary" by Stephanie Garber Book Review

Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: "Caraval" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Page Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Date Started: March 20, 2018
Date Finished: April 3, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
*Disclaimer: I was provided an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. This in no way impacts my rating. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced by the author, publisher, or fans of this book/series. *

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Oh my god. Seriously. I'm writing this minutes after finishing the book and I can't believe anything right now. I'm seriously blown away. I really truly loved this book and it was a fantastic sequel to "Caraval." First things first, there's gonna be another book right? Right?! Stephanie/FlatIron please tell me there's going to be another because that ending absolutely slayed me.

There are a few things that I want to talk about in this review. I only had one small problem with this book but other than that everything was really good. The only reason I dropped my rating half a star was because it took me quite a while to get invested in this book. I mean, I was interested in what was going on with the characters and I wanted to know what happened, but it took me a while to get to the point where I couldn't put it down. It could have been because of the e-arc formatting. I mostly read this on my phone and the formatting was super weird on it, but when I read it on my computer, the format was a lot better. So I think a lot of why it took me so long to get into the book was because I was struggling with subconsciously fixing the formatting. That being said, the last 20% of the book I sped-read as fast as I could because I needed to know what happened. And let me tell you, I am mind-blown.

This book wasn't like "Caraval" on so many levels. I think that's kind of part of why it's such a good sequel. It didn't just do the same thing over again. No. This book was darker and we saw a lot of character struggles, both internal and external. I think that, just like at the end of the game in book 1, we are seeing behind the curtain. It was interesting watching the game this time around because Tella knew the different performers, so it was the same characters but they sometimes acted different or were completely opposite of their personalities in the first book. We also had a lot of information thrown at us right off the bat.

I knew, though, that Stephanie would throw a million and five plot twists at us towards the end of the book. I was not disappointed. I am thoroughly blown away and I have so many questions! I will keep this review non-spoiler, but I just need more! I NEED it! I need a third book or a novella or for Stephanie to at least tell me what the resolution is between different characters. I'm only dying a lot.

In conclusion, this book was fabulous. It was darker and grittier than book 1, but it still maintained it's magical and mystical feel. I feel like if the series were to end there, it would be an ok ending, but I really want another book because this one just left me with more questions than I had at the end of the first. I highly recommend this book and this series overall!

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Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren

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