Legendary (Caraval book 2) by Stephanie Garber
Genres/Descriptors: fantasy; young adult
Since this is a sequel, I’m not putting in a long description. Basically, it picks up right where Caraval left off, but this one is from Tella’s point of view.
This is probably going to be pretty short (I lied, but here’s a brief overview of my thoughts) because I’ve honestly already almost completely forgotten everything about this book, and I just finished it two weeks ago
If you saw my review of Caraval, you might be wondering why the hell I even bothered picking up the sequel. Well, first of all, I apparently enjoy suffering. Second, I’d grabbed the ebook on sale months ago (before I read Caraval), hoping I wouldn’t regret it. Besides all that, I’ve also heard way more mixed feelings about this one. People either thought it was better than the first book, or a disaster. I couldn’t imagine it being much worse than the first one, so I gave it a shot.
Honestly? It wasn’t terrible. I didn’t love it or anything, but I did give this one 3 out of 5 stars (I think I gave the first book like 1.5 stars). Tella was slightly less annoying than Scarlett, but I didn’t really like her. Thankfully, I thought “too stupid to live” less during my reading of this one, at least, so that’s something. (I did think it a lot, just not every 2 minutes like I did with Scarlett in book one.)
I think what I liked most about this one was that we got to see a bit more of the world. Not as much as I would have liked, but it was definitely better on that front than the first one. I particularly enjoyed the stuff with the Fates, but I still wish there had been more of that. It was like every time it started to get interesting, the story shifted away from that stuff 😦
I feel like the weird writing was also not as prevalent in this one, so I didn’t try to make a drinking game out of taking a shot every time the word “butter” was used to describe something yellow, or anything like that. (I can’t remember specific quotes from the first one, but it was like a poorly executed attempt to use all the senses in describing things, and it all came across weird and unpleasant sounding.) But, I do remember something about candied butterfly wings or something like that, so it was still a thing in this book, there was just a little less of it.
That said, the plot of this one is almost as convoluted as the first one, but I felt less rage-y about it. I think maybe because the writing was better, but I’m not sure. Still, it was a little annoying, and I’m not excited to read the third book. (But I’m going to, because I’ve made it this far. Why am I like this?)
While the first book was all about reuniting the sisters, they’re separated for most of this book, too. The difference is that in this one, they’re apart by choice, off doing their own things. Tella’s mission in this one is tracking down her mother, and (like the first book with Scarlett trying to get to Tella), I just didn’t buy it fully. It wasn’t as bad as the first book, but I just had a hard time believing that Tella was really invested in her goal. We’re told it’s something that’s important to Tella, but it felt more like she was doing it because she thought she should than because she really wanted to.
I wanted to talk about the romance, but I barely remember anything about all that except the end. It was a thing, but not a memorable thing, I guess? (I remember bits of it, but it really did not stick in my brain.) The only thing that stuck out was the double love triangle, because I hate love triangles. Tells is involved in one, but so is Scarlett (kind of), and I’m not into it.
Oh my gosh, okay. On that subject, I honestly just wish Scarlett didn’t exist at this point. Even though she wasn’t a major character in this book, she still irritated me so bad. If you were wondering, yes, she IS still a whiny idiot. She did some stuff in this book that made me want to shove her off a balcony or something to get rid of her.As much as I don’t love Julian, I’m gonna say it anyway: he deserves better.
My favorite character in this one was probably Dante. Dante is, I think, an interesting character, and I would like to know more about him. He’s probably the biggest reason I’m planning to read the last book, honestly. I’m not all swoon-y over him or anything (and wouldn’t have been as a teenager), but I like him, even though he’s not always a good guy.
There’s another character I won’t name or go into too much detail about, but he was interesting as well, and I’m hoping he’s a major player in the third book.
Ugh, this is all over the place, so here’s a quick wrap up of my thoughts:
- This was an ok-ish book, and I liked it better than Caraval.
- The writing was a bit better.
- The characters are still morons.
- The plot was slightly better, but still convoluted and a bit frustrating.
- The romance was either so boring I’ve forgotten it, or so bad I blocked it out.
- The world was more interesting and described in greater detail (as far as I remember) than it was in the first book.
- I didn’t hate it, so I’ll be checking out the last book from the library when it’s available.
- I still don’t get the hype around this series
I ended up giving this one 3 out of 5 stars.