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Caraval – Non-spoiler Book Review

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I gave this book 2.5 stars.
I don’t know how I feel about this particular book. I’m so angry, sad, destroyed, but mostly I’m annoyed. I was really expecting a lot from this book, because of all the fuss that it has been getting, but I couldn’t stand it. I had to stop over 4 times throughout reading this book because of how annoyed I got with the characters and situations of this story.
Caraval talks about the journey of Scarlett traveling and forming part of this cruel game, trying to save her sister. All the while trying to run from her father. These are some of the problems I found with this book:
– I’ve never met a character as weak as Scarlett. Every decision that she made throughout this book was based on fear, hence why she never got to enjoy the story, and I believe is the same I never got to enjoy the story. I’ve never met a character more afraid of anything like this child. Now, I understand that she had a difficult childhood and life, but honestly look at how her sister turned out. Scarlett annoyed me so much, I had to put the book down many times while reading it. She doubted everything, and second guessed anything, at some point I think I wanted to throw the book across the room.
– Caraval was such a frustrating game. It supposed to be this beautiful experience that is meant to be fun for the player, but I just grew annoyed and frustrated. The players of this game were conniving af, and I honestly couldn’t deal with their personalities. Everyone lies, everyone deceives, somehow everyone expects something but never give anything away. Poor Crimson, I felt so bad for her…(gotta read the book to know who Crimson is).
– The characters themselves were soo awful, Julian, her sister Tella, Legend–the master legend, not to mention her father, and her “fiancee” Oh Jesus! I just couldn’t stand them.
Now don’t get me wrong, the story itself was amazing, is just the way that she carried the story that annoyed me the most. I’ve never rolled my eyes so much throughout a book like I did in this particular one. The author is a great writer, and I really want to read the second book of this story because I feel like there’s potential, but this one disappointed me very much.
However, if you like playing sick and twisted games, this book is for you.
If I would’ve been Scarlett, at the end of the book, I would have said, fuck everybody, I’m out! And I would never come back again. Hell, what I really wanted Scarlet to do was to spit on Legend’s face, and then leave. I just hated this book sooo much.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Legendary,” by Stephanie Garber

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I just finished reading Legendary by Stephanie Garber and OMG it was such a huge improvement from the first one. If you read my review on Caraval which I wrote about more than a year ago, you know I did not like that book at all. I felt like it lacked character and purpose and the actual main character Scarlett truly pissed me off.

In this book, we follow the story of Scarlett’s sister, Tella. Donatella decides its time for her to play the game of Caraval herself this time instead of participating because in doing so she would finally be reunited with her mom who left them a long time ago. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still the conniving lies, mysterious people, and treatures adventures full of pain, loss, and sacrifice, but somehow in this book there seem to be more of a purpose. In this story, the players of the Caraval tell Tella that this time Caraval is much more than a game–the game is real this time and maybe that’s why I liked it even better.

We immediately see the differences between the two sisters in this story. Where Scarlett’s decisions were all made out of fear, Tella’s were made out of finding out what came next, her fear pushed her to be more. There wasn’t one time throughout this whole book where I felt annoyed by Tella’s decisions if anything I found myself agreeing to many of the decisions she made and found myself nodding along with her statements while playing the game. Tella is a super strong character, stronger than Scarlett for sure, but after reading this book, I do have to give Scarlett some credit because she did play out of love for her sister when it was her turn in the past book.

We are introduced to more characters in this book, there are some that we already know and that we get to know more intimately, and we are introduced to the Fates in this story who are some sort of immortal beings that ruled the earth centuries ago, who are also apparently evil creatures. Oh, and you won’t believe who’s Tella’s love interest on this one, it made me laugh with her at the end so hard LOL!

The reason I wanted to read this book was that of the letter on the last page of Caraval, the one that Tella’s friend wrote to her, and Garber didn’t disappoint. I have to hand it to her, that women can write! Her world building was beautiful–the way she describes the places and buildings throughout the book made me want to read every single detail of it (because sometimes I do skip details LOL), her descriptions were life if you were able to read music without actually listening to the sounds. The story felt so alive, she made you feel as if you were in the story with the character. Hell, I found myself playing along–participating in Caraval–with Donatella trying to figure who is Legend (which we do find out who he is in this book but I won’t tell you muahaha imagine evil laugh here) trying to find a way of not dooming the whole to the hands of the fates, trying to save herself and also trying to find her mother.

There are many things going on in this book but never once did I get lost nor did I feel like I should put the book down because it got too overwhelming–if anything every chapter of the book made me want to finish it faster, hence why I finished the book at 3 a.m. (not ashamed). Congratulations Stephanie on this beautiful masterpiece, you managed to make me truly enjoy this book and I cannot wait to read the next one, especially with that little teasing note that you left at the end of this one! How dare you?! LOL

I would recommend for ages 13 and up! Read if you liked Caraval, Ace of Shades, Six of Crows, and Crooked Kingdom! You’ll truly enjoy this one!