Review: Legendary (Caraval #2)
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever. Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.
My rating: 4 stars
I can say that I genuinely liked Legendary a whole lot more than I liked Caraval. I enjoyed the story a lot more and I liked and connected with the characters so much better than I did with the first book. I found myself invested in this one and wondering what would happen next and not just with the games and mystery behind that but with the love and relationships as well. It was kind of cool to see that the obvious kind of happened a few times. Like who Legend ended up being and who the Prince of Hearts one true love was.
Let's get into characters; my favorite part. I adored Tella way more than I ever liked Scarlet. And I still did not like her in this one and got tired of seeing her angsty drama. But this is not about Scarlett and I will not get into that again. Tella was impulsive and hated admitting when she was scared or being honest with herself about her feelings. She also was willing--at one point--to sacrifice everything and everyone for one person which irritated me to no end. She had a lot of flaws that bugged me but there was something about her that made me root for her despite that. I felt like her cause was noble and the mistakes she made were because of her love for her sister and her mother. I liked how she saved herself on more than one occasion and always kept fighting. I connected with Tella so much and loved her character. I absolutely loved Dante! Tall, dark, handsome, and tattooed... that's all you want in a love interest. He was funny and mysterious and I loved him and Tella together. I liked Dante in the first book and was sad to see that he wasn't in that one more. But was delighted to see him become a big part of Legendary. I also loved Jacks. I know he was supposed to be the villain but he was hilarious and callous and just one of my favorite characters. I also thought the minor characters were better fleshed out and the story just seemed deeper and more real than Caraval. It wasn't just a game with this one. I cannot wait to see what comes of Tella, Dante, and Jacks.
I liked how this one ended too. I'm happy that the mystery of who Legend was revealed in this book and did not drag on to the next book. Now I get to see how the others interact with Legend and see him in action. I want to know what happens next for everyone and how it will all end. I hope the people I am rooting for to be together end up together by the conclusion of the series. I think Finale is going to be the best of them all! I cannot wait until May 2019 to get my hands on that one!