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Legendary – Stephanie Garber (Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs)

Four ‘Fate’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼

‘Legendary’ is Stephanie Garber’s second novel of the ‘Caraval’ series. It features a fantastical world of roses, top hats, tears and that one shifting dress which is dangerous as much as it is beautiful.

I loved the setting. It’s a dark romantic world full of uncertainty for both the main characters and the reader. I loved how the story picked up right after Caraval and once it gripped me, it didn’t let go.

The world itself expanded significantly, focusing on where magic came from and how the main characters are connected to it. I love tarot cards so the idea of the Fates is very appealing to me.

The plot was well-structured and I enjoyed the nice bite-sized chunks the novel was split into, similar to book 1. Action was sprinkled throughout, providing a very fast read. The second Caraval is as captivating and nerve-wracking as the first one and I was not disappointed.

I absolutely loved Tella as a POV character. She is smart, brave and a perfect example of a female character with agency. She can look after herself but is not without her weak moments which makes her both admirable and likeable.

Characters with dubious morals like the Prince of Hearts are a guilty pleasure of mine and I revelled at how well he was written. Dante was easy to like too, providing a nice contrast from the Prince. Both love interests moved the plot and interacted with Tella in an entertaining way. It was all connected beautifully.  

The writing style is good. It’s simple and easy to read. Names are repeated quite often instead of using he/she which was a bit jarring for me. At times there is purple prose which in some cases annoyed me, in other made me re-read a sentence to appreciate its beautiful curls. You can’t make readers happy!

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Caraval – Stephanie Garber (Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs)

Four ‘Top hat’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼

‘Caraval’ is Stephanie Garber’s debut novel series about a fantastical world of roses, top hats, tears and that one shifting dress which is dangerous as much as it is beautiful.

I loved the setting. It’s a dark romantic world full of uncertainty for both the main character and the reader. I loved how the character Legend was weaved as an active part of the world, his mysterious nature an echo of religious figures in our world.

The plot was well-structured and I enjoyed the nice bite-sized chunks the novel was split into. All the nights of Caraval had their separate moments, where I believe micro-plotting had occurred, leading to great pacing with action sprinkled throughout. The whole idea of game with dubious reality of consequences is a guilty pleasure of mine – Ms Garber did not disappoint. 

In the beginning, I couldn’t connect with the characters. Scarlett was too passive, Tella too out there. But with time Scarlett grew in confidence and I warmed up to her. The ending elevated Tella in my eyes as well, making me crave a book with her as the POV character. 

Julian was easy to love. He was the right kind of sleazy and bad to be loveable. I was shipping the main pair since they ended up on that sinking ship. After that it was all hot smooth sailing ahead! 

The writing style is good. It’s simple and easy to read. However, it is too flowery at times, making me forget what even is being described. Names are repeated quite often instead of using he/she which was a bit jarring for me. 

Last thing I want to mention is not technically part of the book but I’m so happy Ms Garber managed to get this book published. I read about her difficult journey in the acknowledgements and I want to congratulate her on her patience and perseverance. I don’t know how my depraved mind would do without this book. You’re an inspiration! 

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