Monday, June 18, 2018

My Thoughts: The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (Blog Tour!)



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The Emerald Sea
(The Glittering Court #3)
by Richelle Mead
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Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781595148452
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy

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The final installment in Richelle Mead’s sweeping, enthralling Glittering Court series answers the trilogy’s biggest question: what is the secret that drives Tamsin to win at all costs?

Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court’s diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World. Training alongside other girls in the Glittering Court, Tamsin immerses herself completely in lessons about etiquette, history, and music–everything a high-society wife would need to know. Once she’s married, she’ll be able to afford a better life for her family, so the sacrifice is worth it if she can be the best.

When her friendship with Mira and Adelaide, her roommates at the Glittering Court, threatens her status as the top-ranked prospect, she does the only thing she knows will keep her on track: she cuts them out of her life. But when her voyage across the sea goes off course, Tamsin must use her unrelenting grit and determination to survive the harsh winter far north of her intended destination in hopes of making it back to the Glittering Court in time to secure a proposal–and a comfortable future for her family.

Experiencing new cultures and beliefs for the first time, Tamsin realizes that her careful studies haven’t prepared her for everything, and with new alliances formed with roguish tradesman Jago Robinson and good-natured minister Gideon Stewart, Tamsin’s heart begins to be pulled in different directions. But she can’t let her brewing attraction get in the way of her ultimate goal: protecting the secret she holds closest to her heart, the one that would unravel everything she’s worked for if it’s uncovered. (Penguin Random House)


The Emerald Sea is the third and final book in The Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead, and I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on this book! I was so super curious to see how the story would end for the girls of the Glittering Court, and I'm beyond thrilled to have read this final book in the series!

As I mentioned above, The Emerald Sea is the third book in The Glittering Court series, and this book is all about Tamsin's story, and what happened to her after leaving the finishing school. All of the girls stories in this series have been interesting, but it was Tamsin's story that I was probably the MOST curious about. She was really so different from the other girls, she wanted to succeed so much more than the rest of them, and in this book we find out exactly why that is. Her back-story is a little heartbreaking, and you can't help but root for her as the story goes along. She definitely proves over and over that she's a leader, and that she's willing to do whatever she has to do to survive, and that makes me like her so much more. There were a lot of interesting secondary characters in this story as well, some that we haven't had the opportunity to meet in the previous books, and they were all really interesting! (And a few that were kind of scary, to be honest!)

The storyline follows along the same line as the previous books, as in the first half of the book all of the girls are still together at the finishing school, and then their journeys branch apart toward the middle of the book. After reading the previous books in the series, I absolutely couldn't wait to finally find out what happened to Tamsin on her journey to the new world, especially after what we thought happened to her in the previous books. (Sorry, that is a bit vague, I know, but I'm trying not to spoil anything!) I do think Tamsin has the most interesting journey of all three girls, by far, and that is definitely an understatement. What a wild ride she had!

Overall; The Emerald Sea was a really great conclusion to this Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead, and I'm beyond thrilled to have finally read the book! I really enjoy so much about these books, from the interesting characters, to the fascinating storylines, and I kind of hate to see the series come to an end. Luckily for me I still have the Bloodlines series by Mead that I need to finish, and finishing this series has totally made me want to start on that one soon. :) If you've not yet read The Glittering Court series, do consider checking it out!

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Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its bestselling spin-off series, Bloodlines, the fantasy standalone Soundless, and the Glittering Court series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel. Visit RichelleMead.com to find out more.


Friday, June 15, 2018

My Thoughts: Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

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Lost and Found Sisters
(Wildstone #1)
by Jill Shalvis
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Publication Date: June 20th 2017
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 371
ISBN: 9780062448118
Genre: Women's Fiction | Contemporary
Source: Own

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for. (Goodreads)


I have had a copy of Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis sitting on my shelf for too long, and with the second book in the series, Rainy Day Friends, set to release later this month, I figured it was the perfect time to finally read the book. I had originally picked up this book last year to read at the beach, but didn't get to it before we left, so I waited until this summer to finally devour the book. This is my first read by Jill Shalvis, but it definitely won't be my last!!

Lately I've been trying to step outside the box with the books I read so I could experience different types of new books, and this book was high on my list to read. I have heard a lot of good things about Jill Shalvis, and I was really looking forward to reading something by her. And since I've been trying to read more women's fiction, this book seemed like a good place to start.

There was really so much to like about this book, including the characters. There were so many of them to like, including the main character, Quinn. I found myself relating to Quinn in so many ways as the story went along, and I really love it when that happens.  There are also a lot of interesting secondary characters in the story, even a few that you won't want to like at first, and there are quite a few swoon-worthy characters as well. *cough, Mick, cough*.

I like that the story was told from a couple of different viewpoints, as that always makes me feel like we get so much more information in the story. The storyline for the book was really cute, and it made for a really relaxing read. A perfect book to read at the beach, which is where I wish I had gotten to read this! But, I'm just thrilled to have finally read it, so there's that. :)

Overall; Lost and Found Sisters was a cute, touching read, and, as I mentioned above, my very first read by Jill Shalvis. I love these types of books, the ones that make you feel good when you read them, and that definitely makes me want to pick up more books like this, especially those by Jill. I'm also now super excited to pick up Rainy Day Friends, which is set to release in just a few weeks, and I can't wait to check it out!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Thoughts: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds
(The Darkest Minds #1)
by Alexandra Bracken
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Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 488
ISBN: 9781423157373
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: Own

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living. (Goodreads)


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken has been on my TBR for way too long, but I was determined to finally read the book this year. I planned it so that if I read one book a month for the next few months, I would be completely caught up on the series when the newest book, The Darkest Legacy, is released in July, and that I would also have all the books read when the movie is released in August. I was super excited to finally read the books, because I seriously think I'm the only person who hasn't read them already, and I'm thrilled that I really enjoyed the book! I can't wait to read the second book in the series soon.

Can we start by talking about the characters in this story? These kids are pretty awesome, and I love that they can pretty much take care of themselves, and do what they have to do to survive. I don't know what I would do if I were ever in their situation, but these guys handled whatever came their way like pros. I enjoyed watching the bond form between the main characters throughout the story as well. It's not really like you could trust many people when you're in their situation, but that's exactly what happens, and watching these bonds form is one of my most favorite things ever. I don't want to go into too many details and spoil the story, so if you want to know more, go read the books!

The storyline for the book was interesting, and definitely addictive. I liked the idea that the kids had different kinds of powers, and I definitely hope to learn more about those characters and their powers as the series goes along. This book was a pretty quick read for me, mostly because once I started reading it I was hooked, and I really just needed to know what was going to happen next. I like that it had a few twists along the way that kept me guessing as well. The book ends in a way that will definitely leave you wanting to start the next book right away, and thank goodness I don't have to wait for it to be released before I can start it. It's on my TBR for this month, and I can't wait to dive into it.

Overall; I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds! Since I am a fan of Alexandra Bracken's more recent books, this shouldn't have been a surprise to me at all, but it was. I'm definitely looking forward to starting the second book in the series as soon as possible to see what happens next for Ruby, Liam, and the rest of the characters in the book. If you're a fan of Alexandra Bracken and haven't yet checked out this series, or if you're a fan of dystopian stories in general, I do recommend you check out The Darkest Minds! And I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #322 - Heart of Thorns & Sea Witch

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Heart of Thorns
by Bree Barton
(Heart of Thorns #1)
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Publication Date: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062447685

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In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy. (Goodreads)

Um, does this book sound great or what??
There is definitely not enough information for this book,
but already I'm hooked. I can't wait to check it out!!


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Sea Witch
by Sarah Henning
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Publication Date: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062438775

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Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster. (Goodreads)

Ah, but I LOVE mermaid books so much!!
And this one sounds really awesome.
Mermaids. Princes. MAGIC.
Count me in!!


Do both of these books sound great, or what??
I am really looking forward to reading them both,
and hopefully I can get to them soon!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Thoughts: City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

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City of Bastards
(Royal Bastards #2)
by Andrew Shvarts
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Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781484767634
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review

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Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend Zell and best friend, Princess Lyriana.

So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city's prestigious University.

Then, Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate, a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she's suggesting is impossible... and treasonous.

But Tilla can't, won't, let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire Mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame. (Goodreads)


I have been curious to get my hands on City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts ever since I finished the first book in the series, Royal Bastards, last summer. After that ending in the first book, I was super curious to know what was going to happen next for the characters in this story. I'm thrilled to have finally read the book, and now I need book 3 asap!

So, as I mentioned in my review for the Royal Bastards, I love that this series has some pretty awesome characters in it, and I'm so glad we get to see almost all of the people we love from the previous book once again in this sequel. I don't know about you guys, but heroines in the story are definitely my faves. Tilla and Lyriana prove time and time again that they can definitely take care of themselves, and I kind of love this for them. Don't get me wrong, the guys in the story are great, especially Zelll, but it's the ladies that really make this story pop.

The storyline for the book follows along the same line as the previous book, though the setting is completely different, and that was interesting. It seems like there may have also been a lot more action in this sequel as well. I was almost to the end of the book when I started wondering if this series was a duology, or a trilogy, and I'm surprised that I forgot to check beforehand. Considering the book definitely leaves you hanging, I realized that there would be a third book, and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for new information on that.

Overall; City of Bastards was a really interesting sequel to Royal Bastards. The book is full of really great characters, and the storyline has lots of great twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you turn the pages. I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for the third book, which is currently untitled, but set to release sometime in 2019. I can't wait to see what will happen next!

Monday, June 11, 2018

My Thoughts: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn
(Empirium #1)
by Claire Legrand
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Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781492656623
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review

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Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other. (Goodreads)


I have to admit, I was super curious about Furyborn by Claire Legrand, especially after it started popping up on my radar pretty consistently. One minute it was just there, and the next minute it was EVERYWHERE. And, of course, I needed to check it out. And my wish was granted one day when a huge box showed up on my door, which included a beautiful finished copy of Furyborn, and lots of swag to go along with it. (Many thanks again for that, SourceFire Books!) I devoured this book as quickly as I possibly could, and, WOW... What a read!!

There are a lot of interesting things to like about Furyborn, including the characters. The story was told from two different viewpoints; one by Rielle, who was probably my most favorite character in the book, and by Eliana, who, I admit, took a little while to warm up to, mostly because of some of the choices she made in the story. It was interesting to read the story through these different viewpoints, especially considering they took place a good thousand years apart. There are some really great secondary characters in the story as well, and I hope we get to see a lot of them again in the next book.

The storyline for Furyborn was really creative and unique. It's been quite a while since I've read a book about angels, and I, for one, would love to see angel books make a comeback. Though, I can't say that I've read many angel books like this one before. The time period for the book had an excellent historical feel to it, and I love that the storyline was told in dual time periods, set centuries apart. There were quite a few twists and turns in the story that kept me guessing, including one big one that I should have seen coming. The book definitely ends in a way that will make you want to have the next book in your hands ASAP, and the wait is going to feel like FOREVER until we can have the second book in our hands. I will definitely have it on pre-order as soon as it is made available.

Overall; Furyborn by Claire Legrand was definitely an interesting read, and enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns in the story as well. I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for information on the second book, which is currently untitled, but set to release sometime in 2019. I'm hoping we get some information on that one soon! If you like a good angel story, do check out Furyborn!
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 22 & 23



Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!


Hey, Bookworms!! I have once again gotten behind on my posts,
but I'm working on fixing that today!
Here's a small update to cover the past two weeks.

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At the end of May I finally started my re-read of The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson, and I LOVED diving back into series! The Kiss of Deception is so good, I can't wait to get started on the next two books, hopefully this coming week.

I also read Legendary by Stephanie Garber, (you can see my thoughts for the book here), and You by Caroline Kepnes, which was a read for book club, and which was really creepy.

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As of now I am officially caught up on ALL of Rick Riordan's books, as I just recently finished The Burning Maze last week. The only downside to being caught up, is that I actually have to wait for the next book to be release. HAHA! I do still have some spin off books to read of his, so hopefully that will hold me over until book 4 in the Trials of Apollo series is released.

I also finished my re-reads of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix over the last two weeks as well! It's always fun to re-read these books.

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City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts was released into the wild last week, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts for the book on the blog this week! I also read Roar by Cora Carmack, which is now out in paperback, and I'm pretty thrilled to finally mark this book off my TBR list.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab has also been on my TBR for way too long, and I managed to read both it and The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen this week. Both of these were really great reads!




The hubby and I are still slowly binge-watching The Office, and we've finally made it Season 5! I also watched Top Gun for our book club movie watch this week, and it was a fun movie to rewatch. It's been too long since I last watched it!

I really need to make time to watch some new movies soon, as I'm falling behind on my movie challenge, and my DVR is packed FULL of stuff to watch. I must clean it off soon!



I wish I could say that I've just been slacking over the past few weeks, but I've really just been crazy busy. I thought that since it was Summer Break, I would have SO Much free time, and that's not the case at all. The kids have been crazy busy this summer, which is making me crazy busy, and I  just want some free time already!!

At least I'm actually doing really well with my reading schedule so far this month! I'm hoping to stay caught up, and I just need to find time to write some reviews and schedule some posts. It's hard to think about even sitting at the computer when it's so pretty and sunny outside. I just want to hang out in the pool and read! :)

I guess that's all for me this week! Here's hoping that I will actually get the update for next week up on time!

I hope you're all having a great reading month!


Monday, June 4, 2018

My Thoughts: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Legendary
(Caraval #2)
by Stephanie Garber
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Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 451
ISBN: 9781250095312
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Netgalley *For review

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Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

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. (Goodreads)


Legendary by Stephanie Garber was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I was super excited to finally dive into this book. I read Caraval last year, and really enjoyed the story, (and re-read it again this year before starting Legendary), and I absolutely couldn’t wait to see where the story would go next, AND to see if all our questions would finally be answered. I’m so glad to have finally read this book!

Let me start this by saying that I totally thought Caraval was a duology, and I went into Legendary fully expecting the end of the story with all my questions answered. Surprise, it’s not a duology, it’s a trilogy! I’m have mixed feelings about this, as I mentioned above, I fully went into this book expecting all my questions to get answered, some did, but more didn’t, and it completely took me to the end of the book to realize that this wasn’t the end that I expected. So, yeah… that took me by surprise, but… YAY, there’s totally going to be a third book, titled Finale, which is current set to release in 2019. Considering that the third book is titled Finale, I fully expect it to actually be the final book in the series, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Moving on…

Legendary is the second book in the Caraval series, and while the first book is told from Scarlett’s viewpoint, Legendary is told from her sister Tella’s point of view. Tella was quite mysterious in the first book, and I was curious to learn more about her in this book. She really wasn’t at all what I expected, going by what we knew of her from the first book, and I really enjoyed her character growth over the course of the book. I’m curious to see what’s next for her. I also liked that most of the characters from the first book around in this second book also, along with a few new interesting characters as well!

The storyline for Legendary follows along the same line as the first book, yet somehow felt completely different as well. Maybe it was the setting, or the mythical tales, or maybe it was just that the magic felt different, I’m not sure, but, either way, I was hooked.  It actually took me longer than I expected to read this book, thanks to our busy schedule, but when I actually did have time to read, I flew through the pages. I had SO many questions after reading Caraval, and quite a few of those were answered in Legendary, but I’m still left with quite a few, and I’d really love to have answers to those. Hopefully we get them in Finale!

Overall; Legendary was an interesting sequel to the charming Caraval, and though it wasn’t the end of the story like I was expecting, I did really enjoy it. I’m not really looking forward to waiting another year to have Finale in my hands, but at least I will have an excuse to re-read Caraval and Legendary before it is released next year, and hopefully with THAT book, I will get the answers I really need. If you’ve already read Caraval in the past and LOVED it, you’ll definitely want to pick up Legendary soon! And if you’ve not yet started this series, I definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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