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Legendary by Stephanie Garber [Review]

This is one of those books where I originally didn’t want it. As much as I loved Caraval and wanted more of that magical world, I kind of felt that it was good enough to standalone, and I was afraid that a sequel would be a let-down. But this is also one of those rare books where I loved the sequel so much more than the first book.

+ Tella is a delight

One of the things I wasn’t a huge fan of in Caraval was Scarlett’s character. She did have good character development, but I found her a little boring and just too good. I was a lot more interested in Tella although she wasn’t in the book much, so it was exciting to see that she was the narrator of Legendary. Tella is a girl you can root for. Her perspective shows that she’s a lot more complex and braver than I thought in the first book, and there’s so much more to her history and past. My heart broke for her over and over again.

Also, I love Tella because her room is a mess. She keeps is messy because neat rooms are easy for people to search through undetected, but messes are hard to replicate?? I love that??? That’s my new excuse for not tidying.

 

+ Sister story

I mentioned this briefly in my review of Caraval but didn’t explain it at all. Family is a huge theme is this series, and it’s nice reading a story about siblings as they tend to get killed off in fiction. These sisters have a great bond. Tella doesn’t judge Scarlett for being an opposite and Scarlett doesn’t judge her. And there’s a quote that says something like, “Tella might not have believed in love, but she had literally bet her life that Scarlett loved her.” And that’s beautiful.

 

+ It’s such Slytherin book

The world is so intoxicating and mysterious and twisty. No one is straightforward, and the entire story is spent double-crossing the people who have been double-crossed and tricking those who have tricked you. Everyone is lying. No one is who they say they are. Or are they? We never really find out.

 

+ I love villains

There’s a quote in this book that says, “Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.” And, honestly, I loved Jacks. We know from even before he’s introduced that he’s going to be a villain. He’s a myth come to life and his presence makes this book even more magical than the last.

 

Excuse the pun, but this book was legendary.

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)

 

Some quotes:

  • “She loved the feeling of doing something bold enough to make her future hold its breath while she closed her eyes and revelled in the sensation that she’d made a choice with the power to alter the course of her life.”
  • “Her heart was still a little heavy, but she’d decided carrying it around would only make her stronger.”
  • “This was why love was so dangerous. Love turns the whole 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.”
  • “Tella was the sister who would destroy the world if anything happened to Scarlett, but Scarlett’s world would be destroyed if anything happened to Tella.”

Author:

On a cold Autumn evening back in 2008, seven-year-old Tegan Anderson began to write their first short stories, finding a more creative way to learn their spellings. Many years and many more short stories later, they haven't stopped for anything. Now, they're writing more than they ever believed possible. Tegan may write the worlds they would prefer to exist in but currently lives in Devon with their overflowing bookshelves and expanding imagination.

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