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Book Review | Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult, Fantasy

INFORMATION

Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #2
Publication Date: 21st February 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Pages: 419

My Rating(s) : ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Synopsis

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 isnโ€™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 Legendโ€™s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legendโ€™s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once moreโ€”and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secretsโ€ฆincluding her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella canโ€™t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legendโ€™s name, sheโ€™ll lose everything she cares aboutโ€”maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Review

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems…

First thing first, I don’t know how to rate this book. It’s pretty shocking and unbelievable ending. This book is such a beautiful liar that I’ve ever read. So finally I met Legend but, I don’t believe every single word to the ending (not until I finish Finale). I’m done being tricked in Caraval! However, I enjoy reading Legendary more compare to Caraval.

The storyline is pretty similar to Caraval because the ‘fake engagement’ was the main idea I think but, I love how the story developed where there’s a twist! I truly adore the MC, Donatella. Her boldness and ruthless definitely hyped me up. Her story was more adventurous and so melancholic compared to Scarlett. She had been through a lot! I also love the new character, Jacks. To be honest, I’m looking forward for Jacks and Tella more.

As for the setting, no doubt! I love Caraval world. It’s so magical. Full of tricks, so unique. I love the combination between real world and magical world. I do feel like I was in the game too.

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Book Review | Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult, Fantasy

INFORMATION

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Publication Date: 30th November 2017
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Pages: 405

My Rating(s) : ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Synopsis

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

Review

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems…

I “hate” it when my expectations got tricked. I’m not going to lie, looking and figuring out for clues is so exciting but I’m too dump. It’s sort of confusing, but the story was so magical. I got tricked a lot! It’s pretty heartbreaking and blood rush action almost at the end and yeah, everything was just a game.

I’d like to say that at the beginning was a little slow because of the introducing to the world, however it’s getting merely when the game start. It’s do feel like I was participating in the game too.

As for the characters, they’re not a really my favourites because Scarlett seems too dull for me. She’s tending to be worrisome because her love towards her sister. I love her relationship with her sister, Tella. They are truly a spellbinding sister that can’t be broken. As for Scarlett’s partner, Julian. I was hoping he’s not the male main character at first because I was hoping for the “Legend” – the Caraval master to be the one. Yeah, when Scarlett started to write the Legend a letter, I was hoping for a spice of romance between them but, I start to like him. He’s a great companion for Scarlett. I love how he’s taking care of her and annoyed her. He was so funny and reckless guy.

The game doesn’t over yet and the ending left me intrigued. It was so frustrating. The Legend identity remain mysterious. However, I love the ending, thank you so much for the ending.

If you ever thought the Caraval series is another vibe of The Night Circus, please remove those thoughts because it is NOT at all. Caraval has their own magical vibes where it is not a circus, but it is a game! A game that can get you tricked with your own feeling.

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ARC Review | Finding Home on Winslow Island by Chrissy Elliot

Contemporary Romance

INFORMATION

Title: Finding Home on Winslow Island
Author: Chrissy Elliot
Publication Date: 31st July 2020
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Format: ebook

My rating(s) : ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

SUMMARY

Join the residents of Winslow Island for a fun-filled, opposites-attract, sweet romance – full of piggyback rides and scrumptious baked goods.

It might be Winslow Island’s annual Matchmaking Festival, but Tessa has more important things to worry about, like how to keep her mother’s bed and breakfast in business.

Parker’s life is as precise and planned as the surgeries he performs. He’s on track for a career-making promotion – if he can improve his bedside manner.

When his mother plans a family celebration for the same weekend as the Matchmaking Festival, Parker suspects he’s in for a series of sneaky setups. But with his promotion fast approaching, he has no time for distractions – until Tessa crashes into him in a shower of glitter, wreaking havoc with his plans and his heart.

With a temper as fiery as her red hair, she’s a distraction too tempting to ignore.

Tessa is determined to resist Parker’s charms – even if his smile makes her toes curl. He’s only on the island for five days, and she won’t risk a broken heart. But with the festival in full swing, resisting Parker is proving harder than she expected, especially when he becomes the key to saving her mother’s business.

REVIEW

It’s a sweet, light, cute and clean romance, which I’m fancy of. The story was so interesting even though there’s a little bit flaw that I’ve found for example, like it’s pretty clichรจ but I like it. I think it’s relevant to the contemporary romance genre. I love the setting. I really hope the island exist! I also love the characters, I ship them a lot where a bright girl named Tessa meets an arrogant and cold-blooded doctor, Parker. I adore the interconnected stories between them, I don’t how many times I’m flushed every time I read their scenes. I’d say that the characters were so compatible.

If you are looking for light and breezy romance, I’d recommend this book for you to read. It’s something cute and light to pamper your heart. Anyway, the book is finally out and congratulations Chrissy Elliot!

ใ€ŠThank you so much for sending me an ARC for free for an exchange of my honest reviewใ€‹