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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber / Book Review #Legendary

By: Stephanie Garber
Published by: Flatiron Books
Released on: May 29th, 2018
SeriesCaraval #2
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Rating: 5 Stars - I LOVED It!
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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
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
An enthralling, magical read that will hold you captive and wanting more. Even than, it will leave you begging for more! I absolutely loved this book. Garber took everything I loved about Caraval, to a whole new level. Her writing and storytelling is perfection. With her visually stunning descriptions of the world of Legendary, and enchanting Caraval games, to the lively characters, everything about this book easily comes to life, and makes you feel as though you're part of it. 
This is a story I wanted to crawl into, and hang out in. The characters really made this story for me. What annoyed me about Tella in Legendary, I absolutely loved about her in this book. I realized that much of what she does previously, is not without reason. Everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. I greatly admired her in this story, and love that this story is told from her perspective. Numerous times I found myself agreeing with her decisions, had I been in her shoes. 
Along with Tella, I really enjoyed getting to know more about Dante and Legendary. There is so much more to these two characters than I previously thought. I'd like to say "I KNEW IT", but everything in this story is so much more complicated, and twisted. From the characters, to the game, the stakes are deadly, and are much more real than they were in Caraval. Just as I think I have things figured out, something happens that makes me second guess myself. I love it when a book does that. 
This book is a WOW book for me. It's one that does such an incredible job at creating a story, characters and their world so vividly you feel as though you're there while reading the book. This book is a masterpiece of deception, and truth that's so deeply embedded into the story that you won't figure it out until the story is completely unraveled. I'm in awe of how Garber created a story so complex and layered and did so, so perfectly. 
This book is one of my all time favorite reads of 2018! I highly recommend picking up this series. I can not wait to find out what happens in FINALE! After this book's ending, I NEED ANSWERS!