Legendary (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Caraval Series #2)

Legendary (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Caraval Series #2)

by Stephanie Garber

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ISBN-13: 9781250301277
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: Caraval Series , #2
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 2,949
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she's not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She would love to hear from you on social media.

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Legendary (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Caraval Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book two of theCaraval series is just magical, intriguing, and irrestistable as the first book. The continued story of the characters and the game they must play is so refreshing and unique that it is impossible to put down. I literally devoured this book! The only thing that was upsetting was that it ended. I am hopeful that the series will continue, but definitely loathe the wait!
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
If you thought Caraval was entertaining, you are in for a treat with Legendary. It's a bittersweet feeling when you finish a book. And Legendary is the bittersweet chocolate ganache on top of the Caraval cake (did you enjoy that lame pun? I did.) All the hopes and dreams that were built up in Caraval have a different test/trial in Legendary. New hopes, wishes, and dreams are equally tentative. We were told in Caraval it's all a game. In Legendary, it's said to be real. But which is worse, thinking it's a game or knowing it's real? Legendary stole my heart and I'm left in mourning. I'm mourning my hopes and denials. You can only blindly cling to naivety for so long. When the truth comes out, you are left to mourn the loss of your innocence. Legendary leaves your innocence in tatters on the stairs of a temple seemingly forgotten. It leaves your heart bleeding on its pages. Legendary left me hoping for...everything! But don't cling to despair the way I am because eventually the next book will be here. Just grab your blanket and rock in the corner with me while we wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received Legendary as an advanced reader copy. This was the second Caraval book and it was a second round of Caraval that Tella was able to play in this time. This Caraval was based on the Deck of Destiny and the mythical Fates. I found this to be absolutely fantastic. In the first book I felt confused for a lot of the book, but I felt that in this book I was more prepared with what to expect and I enjoyed it much more. I also really enjoyed the Deck of Destiny and Fates theme this time, I thought it really added to the Caraval. This is certainly a must read and I am very much excited to hear that there will be a third book Finale.
Take_Me_AwayPH 6 months ago
As soon as I finished Caraval, I wanted to read Legendary. And now that I've finished Legendary, I really want Finale in my hands. Stephanie Garber has a way with words and I have really fallen for this series and her writing style. This time the game of Caraval will be played in a different place, but all the rules are the same. The prize this time tho, is one that is better than all the others. This time the prize is learning the true identity of Legend. Tella becomes a participant in the games because she has to win or risk losing everything. Just like the first book, I loved the characters. Scarlett was still my favorite, but Tella definitely surprised me in this one. She was so selfless and loving, and for some reason I wasn't expecting that. I've been thinking to participate in Caraval you have to be ruthless and murderous, but Tella didn't seem that way. As for the plot, this is the reason I gave this 3.5 stars. The plot was very intricate, but even still, I was able to look past them all and figure out all the twists at the end of the book. In the last one everything was a suprise. But for this one I guess I was expecting all the craziness, so I could guess all the plot twists. But even with guessing them all, it was still shocking to see so many of them come to light. I can't imagine what's going to happen in the next book. I also found that it was a bit too slow for my taste. Everything that happened was plot driven, but you don't realize that until the end of the book. And because of that, it seemed like it was a bit slow for my taste. As for the story, I really liked the turn this story took. I love the myths and the way Garber portrayed them. It made for an amazing story. I can't wait to see how Garber puts them all together in the next installment. I won't say more to avoid spoilers, but I really liked this one. Caraval is still my favorite, but this one isn't far behind. I can't wait to see what happens to the family and what comes of the romance in Garber's final installment, Finale.
TheThoughtSpot 9 months ago
Anticipating the next book already! Legendary by Stephanie Garber shows us that Tella and Scarlett are once again playing a Caraval game. Tella thinks their mother is alive and wants information to find her, while Scarlett just wants some fun and excitement. Tella’s discovery of who her pen pal friend is floors her and she’s reeling from the revelation and its complications. Once again, the game may or may not be real, in all or parts, and the characters may or may not be trustworthy. Tella is shown an unkind memory of her mother and feels as though her mother didn’t love her at all. Her push and pull relationship with Dante is another matter she’s unsure of, but that’s just the way Caraval is. As the story concludes, it’s clear that a third book is in Caraval’s future. The enticing ending of Legendary makes me vested in this series. 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Beautifully written, so much detail, but never too much to make it seem wordy. Kept me on the edge of my seat and squealing with excitement.
caitlinwhetten 9 months ago
I didn’t particularly like Caraval, but I was willing to give Legendary a chance. However, it had all the same stuff that I didn’t like in Caraval. I like the addition of the Fates in this book. There’s a bit more world-building and mythology and I enjoyed that. You’ll also find out who Legend is at the end of the book so if that’s the only thing making you read the series, then I recommend this one. I just don’t get along with Stephanie Garber’s prose. It is so flowery and overly descriptive and just becomes nonsense to me after a while. How can a dress look like a fantasy a garden had cried? I don’t know. Tella, the main character, is rather dumb and is almost indistinguishable from Scarlett, who isn’t in this book. So if you’re looking for a sister bond novel, this isn’t it. I also found all of the men in this book rather creepy and borderline sexual predatory. It’s rather uncomfortable. And lastly, Caraval just isn’t magical or mysterious to me. I’ve just decided that this series and I don’t get along. There’s too many things that I don’t enjoy and I felt this book was almost the same as the first one. If you liked Caraval, you'll probably like this one, but I'm finished with the series. It's just not for me.
Mel-Loves-Books 10 months ago
“This was why love was so dangerous. Love turned the world into a garden, so beguiling it was easy to forget that rose petals were as ephemeral as feelings, eventually they would wilt and die, leaving nothing but the thorns.” I am not sure I can gush about this book enough. If I ever become an author, I hope I can write like Stephanie Garber. She takes the vocabulary available to us all and uses it to her full advantage. Sentences and situations that could seem simple and boring become like magic in her hands. And I also have to say, I LOVED Caraval. I gave it 5 stars, but I love Legendary so so much more. Like we have come to expect from this series, I had no idea what was going to happen with each fascinating twist, but I was eating it all up like the decadant treat that it is. I give this book 5 million stars. “‘Every good story needs a villain.’ ‘But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.’”
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is a wonderful series! Both books take you away from life and suck you into the world of caraval! I couldn’t put either books down. Love!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Soo good!! Just like the first!!
Pebble_Cafe 12 months ago
Going in I didn't think I would like LEGENDARY as much as CARAVAL. Tella wasn't my favorite character in the first book. I was SO wrong. I liked it even more and Tella became one of my faves. The story had so many twists and turns much like navigating around Valenda. I kept second guessing everyone and everything! I will be obsessing for the next year trying to figure out what Garber has up her sleeve for book 3. If you enjoyed reading CARAVAL, even just a little bit to be entertained and escape for a few hours/days, pick up LEGENDARY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good and as magical as the first book! I really hope there is a book 3!
jmchshannon More than 1 year ago
If Caraval was good, Legendary is even better. Some of this is due to the fact that we have experience with Caraval. We know that not everything is as it seems, and that includes the roles people have. We have fallen under the spell of the magic and myth. We know the Dragna sisters, empathize with them, and want them to find happiness after the horrors of life with their fathers. The sequel takes some unusual turns though which turns it into a very different story from the first and makes it a much stronger novel overall. While Caraval is all about Scarlett's search for her sister, Legendary follows Tella as she attempts to uncover one of the greatest mysteries of Caraval as well as the unsolved mystery of her mother's disappearance. Scarlett is nothing but a minor character this go-round, and that is a good thing. Even though she is the younger of the two and somewhat sheltered by her older sister, Tella is the stronger of the two sisters. She is more aware of reality and subsequently less prone to fantasy. She is pragmatic, self-aware, independent, and highly determined. She is also gutsy, willing to solve problems and take risks to achieve her goals. You can't help but admire her for all of this. The game this time around is also more interesting in my mind. No longer limited to a house but to an entire city, the possible clues are more difficult to find. At the same time, the stakes are higher given the bargain Tella makes and the repercussions should she fail. The game is no longer about one of the sisters either, for the truth behind the games will change the world should certain things come to pass. Everything is just a bit bigger about Legendary, which makes it a fitting title for the sequel. Legendary is the type of novel where I lost complete lack of time and reality while reading. I became so immersed into Tella's story and the world of Caraval that I literally neglected everything to read it. I fell in love alongside Tella, felt her pain and frustration, and celebrated her wins. I went into mourning when I finished it because I knew it would be months before I get to experience Tella's world again. I want to go back and read the first novel again. I never want to leave this world of magic and legends. This feeling is why I read. Now, if only every book I read makes me feel this way.
VanessaFowler More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure what to expect after Caraval - usually, sequels can be so disappointing - but what a fantastically fun read this was, again! Besides Stephanie Garber’s consistent and wonderful playfulness with words, I loved the male love interest(s) and the tension in the relationships. Legendary is a book you won’t be able to put down, and I can’t wait ‘till 2019 when the final book in the trilogy comes out. Along with Caraval, the first book, this is a perfect summer read! (Additional note: check out the authors Legendary Pinterest page…wow!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so in love with Legend!!! He is the bad guy that you want to love, adore, and worship. I really hope we get to learn more of Legend. Legend made this story for me. Yes Dontella is an okay character, but I couldn't help wanting to know more about Legend.
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Nicole Scarbrough More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Garber did it again with an amazing book that that pulls into the world of Caraval.
ErinDecker More than 1 year ago
As a sequel, it was hard not to compare Legendary with Caraval. Legendary was amazing all on its own and was told from Tella’s point of view instead of Scarlett. The book picks up from the same moment the last book leaves off. Legendary was really great, but it didn’t live up to Caraval for me. There was just a bit less magic because this story was more plot and character driven than world driven like the first book. There were a lot of mysteries that needed to be solved, and so that took up the majority of this story. The plot was really good, but I predicted parts of the end of this from the first few chapters so while it wasn’t entirely surprising, the journey to get there was fun! I enjoyed having Tella as the MC in this book because I found her character to be a little more complex than Scarlett was in the first book. I loved how fierce Tella was throughout the novel and how independently driven she was to seek answers and make her own choices to free those she loved. Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and was pleased when Stephanie Garber announced that the 3rd book was coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I definitely didn't realize/ remember that this is a three book series. Book three is titled Finale and now I can't wait to read it! We switch to Tella's point of view here and it is wonderful. She is so skeptical and so guarded but also so daring and willing to take risks. She was a lot of fun! There are so many twists and turns and I was kept wondering and never felt sure of anything!
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
Caravel is one of my favorite YA fiction books, and I was very excited to read its sequel, Legendary! While Caravel is written from the perspective of Scarlett (the older sister), Legendary is from the perspective of Donatella, the younger sister, and it was lots of fun reading the alternate perspective! While this book is set in the same world as the first one, it almost seems entirely different: all the characters come back but unlike the surface magic of Caravel, Legendary explores the behind-the-scenes magic that runs Caravel. And not only Caravel, but the mother and the sisters' past. Since Tella was portrayed as smaller, younger, and more immature for most of Caravel, I was unsure of what a book in her point of view would be like, but she is smart and ingenious and tenacious and really masterminded the whole journey--dare I say she is even more brilliant than Scarlett is? The story itself is a lot darker than Caravel is: while the main purpose of Caravel seemed to just be Scarlett finding Donatella, this one has a much deeper motive and so much more is at stake than just a wedding. With all that being said, this book was a lot more . . . kissey than Caravel. There were quite a few make-out sessions that were rather vividly portrayed, even if they were connected to the plot, and I wasn't much of a fan of that. One thing I would definitely recommend is reading it right after rereading Caravel (or definitely at least reading in order!!), because there was so much that connected straight off of it (there is only a couple days between them). The worldbuilding that was in this was very accurate from Caravel, and reading them together makes it make so much more sense! My Ranking- 7/10 Things liked- Accurate representation of the world previously built A brilliant MC Deeper (and thus, darker) than the first book The returning characters A CLIFFHANGER Well developed characters Delving into the backstory (alsO THAT TWIST REGARDING THE MOTHER) Things disliked- The super descriptive kissing scenes Moved a little slowly at times Less actual magic than Caravel Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This post first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/book-review-legendary-by-stephanie-garber/
Ashton Smith More than 1 year ago
I am so excited to be reviewing my second eARC from NetGalley! If you didn’t already know, Legendary is Stephanie Garber’s second book in the Caraval trilogy. When I requested it (a million years ago), I never dreamed that they would send it to me. I’m so glad that they did because it was fantastic! I do recommend that if you are planning on reading this book, and read Caraval when it came out, it’s worth your time to do some Googling for a summary*. This book picks up right where Caraval left off, so it’s good to have it fresh on your mind. One of my favorite things about this book was that it focused on Tella this time around, rather than Scarlett. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Scarlett, but making Tella the focal point of this book gave it a new flavor. I think if Stephanie would’ve chosen to make Scarlett the main character, the book wouldn’t feel fresh. In this book, we got to see Tella take shape. I hope that in the last book, we will get to see them take center stage together and watch their relationship blossom on the page. Another great addition to this book was the Fates and their mythology. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the Fates are the “godly” figures in the Scarlett and Tessa’s world. They all represent different things, (like love, luck, hard choices, etc.) and are frequently used to predict the future with the use of their worlds tarot cards. From a young age, Tessa is intrigued by them, and their appearance in the book is used to make this round of the Caraval game more real than it was in the past. I think that what makes this book different from its predecessor is the added reality within the game. In Caraval, the character's actions had no actual impact on the events outside of the game. In this book, Tella had to make some tough decisions because of the consequences that would follow her actions. Legendary had a chance to be a “knock-off” Caraval, and I’m so glad that Stephanie decided to turn the world upside down. It made for a great story, and I can’t wait to see what Finale brings to the table. Your Master of Books, Ashton www.ashtonmariesmith.com
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When I began reading Legendary, I was worried that it wouldn’t measure up to Caraval. By the end of the first page, I knew I had nothing to worry about. Legendary was captivating and an utter delight to read. The world, the characters, and the plot were absolutely brilliant. I loved how Stephanie played with the reader’s expectations regarding Caraval. In Legendary, she introduced a much bigger and more complicated world than I could have ever imagined. It’s important to note that this is Tella’s story, not Scarlett’s. That shift threw me a bit for the first few chapters but once I adjusted, I actually grew to love Tella as much as Scarlett. She was determined, brave, and compassionate. The other characters were just as amazing. I loved the little peeks we got into Scarlett and Julian’s lives after Caraval! However, there were two characters, one new and one returning, who completely stole the show. In Stephanie’s own words, “beware of boys with hearts made of black.” (But I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with them anyway). I absolutely loved how the world became so more complex and larger in this installment. The juxtaposition of myth, reality, and the game created an atmosphere where I wasn’t sure what was real or which character to trust. Prepare to question everything. The idea of the fates was executed so well, I’m still in awe of how Stephanie crafted that aspect of the story. Some readers may not like the more abstract tone of this book but I absolutely loved it. I thought that it worked very well for the story and made for a riveting reading experience. Legendary was one of my favorite books in 2018 so far. It was enchanting, absolutely magical, and entertaining. Just remember, it’s only a game. Or is it? *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When I began reading Legendary, I was worried that it wouldn’t measure up to Caraval. By the end of the first page, I knew I had nothing to worry about. Legendary was captivating and an utter delight to read. The world, the characters, and the plot were absolutely brilliant. I loved how Stephanie played with the reader’s expectations regarding Caraval. In Legendary, she introduced a much bigger and more complicated world than I could have ever imagined. It’s important to note that this is Tella’s story, not Scarlett’s. That shift threw me a bit for the first few chapters but once I adjusted, I actually grew to love Tella as much as Scarlett. She was determined, brave, and compassionate. The other characters were just as amazing. I loved the little peeks we got into Scarlett and Julian’s lives after Caraval! However, there were two characters, one new and one returning, who completely stole the show. In Stephanie’s own words, “beware of boys with hearts made of black.” (But I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with them anyway). I absolutely loved how the world became so more complex and larger in this installment. The juxtaposition of myth, reality, and the game created an atmosphere where I wasn’t sure what was real or which character to trust. Prepare to question everything. The idea of the fates was executed so well, I’m still in awe of how Stephanie crafted that aspect of the story. Some readers may not like the more abstract tone of this book but I absolutely loved it. I thought that it worked very well for the story and made for a riveting reading experience. Legendary was one of my favorite books in 2018 so far. It was enchanting, absolutely magical, and entertaining. Just remember, it’s only a game. Or is it? *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Caraval was my top book of 2017 and I was so excited to get my greedy hands on Legendary. I will be 100% honest here: I wasn’t completely sold on Tella being the one who tells the story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Tella, but I thought she was extremely flighty and I didn’t know how it would go. I need to go back and push past Stacee for even being concerned. Like Tella says in the story, everyone underestimates her and Stephanie really puts her to the test in this story. Of course there are new characters and glimpses of characters in Caraval and I’m not going to say another things about them. Plot wise, it felt a lot more intricate to me. There are several threads in this story and it did take me a bit to settle into it, but I was captivated right from the beginning. There are swoons and kissing and magic and treachery and the ending had me hugging the book and nearly screaming. Overall, it was even more than I was expecting and I’ll just be over here in the corner, hoping hoping hoping that there will be more. **Huge thanks to Flatiron Books for providing the arc free of charge**