Legendary byStephanie Garber is the second book in the Caraval trilogy. There will be Caraval spoilers in here so beware but none for Legendary.
While Caraval was written in Scarlett’s perspective and didn’t give us much insight into Tella’s personality, Legendary is entirely narrated by Donatella. For this reason, it took me a while to warm up to the book because obviously, I’d developed a connection to Scarlett in the last one and switching it up so drastically did not endear to me. I came around eventually though I still wasn’t as taken with it as I was Caraval.
In Legendary, Caraval is to perform at Empress Elantine’s 75th birthday and Tella plans to use this chance to find out Legend’s true name and fulfill her part of the promise she made with a “friend”. When Caraval starts though, Tella realizes that this performance is quite a bit different than the previous and that the dangers may no longer be a part of the game but as real as you and me.
I would give Legendary an 8.5/10 because I wasn’t very impressed with the ending… I was expecting a few mindblowing plot twists like Stephanie delivered in Caraval but I was VERY disappointed with the actual results. That said, I did enjoy the story and plotline overall and I’m definitely going to give the final book a read!
Lol, I’m back!! With the last book of the series I’ve been reviewing for the past month 🙂 I understand if you guys hate me by now but what kind of evil creature can just stop reading mid-series? Not me, that’s for sure. Also, honestly Inshal, just win the grand prize already and spare my pain of trying to match you. With finals approaching I’m literally surrounded with books I would LOVE to read but just CAN’T and it’s killing me.
Extras by Scott Westerfeld is the technically the last book in the Uglies series but it’s a little detached from the original storyline. The plot was completely new but the characters we have grown to love are still there, don’t worry, they’re just joined by a few new ones. It starts off a bit slow but once we got over the one boring part, things moved along pretty fast once more. I didn’t like this book as much as the others because it’s really hard to adjust to a whole new story when you’re still so hung up on what happened in the previous books. I also thought the plot was WAY too rushed despite being slow in the beginning and also very…odd. It didn’t really make sense to me because it had nothing to do with the previous books and had taken on almost a whole different genre which made it super unrealistic for me. Another thing is, the romance was honestly so bad it might as well have been non-existent. It was wayyy to hurried and not well-developed at all, not very satisfying… However, the worldbuilding is of course, still fantastic and the ways of their world were very interesting to me. Moreover, since it is the last book of the series, it made me feel a sense of completion despite it not being really connected to the other books, which gives it bonus points in my rating.
Overall, I’d rate this book a 7/10 because I really loved the world and I feel like so much could’ve come out of it but the plot was not good enough to match the setting. You wouldn’t really be missing anything if you just skipped this book so… I would still say it’s an ok read, not great though.
The reason this review took so long to get to you guys was that I couldn’t find it on the library catalogue so I thought the library didn’t own it? But I just re-searched today and it’s on… that was a little odd but I’m not mad about it 🙂 Anyways, I read it on Hoopla so if you’re more of an e-book person, this one’s for you sis.
No synopsis for you guys, sorry but if you want to know what the books about just read the summaries from my reviews of the previous two books!
Thoughts: I LOVED this finale. It was a lot deeper than the first and second books which made it more emotion-filled (I cried. Just a little though!). The ending was very satisfying (especially in terms of romance) so if you’re one to get mad about unsatisfying conclusions (like me), you won’t be disappointed here. I really loved the romance that was in this book as well because it wasn’t super intense, not everything was about it; but it was always there, very sweet and very, very adorable. I HIGHLY recommend this book, you really will not regret it. My final rating is 5/5 stars.
P.S. From now on, I’m going to rate books out of 10 instead of 5 because I feel like there are amazing books and then there are completely life-changing ones and I really need to differentiate them.
*Note: I’d recommend you read my “Uglies” review first. It’ll help you get a way better feel for the series and understand my synopsis a bit more, I wouldn’t want you to get lost and not want to read the book because of that.
My thoughts (no spoilers): I remember saying Uglies was fairly fast-paced but didn’t leave much of a long-lasting impression on me and Pretties is a little bit better than that. It too has a very gripping plot that made me unable to put it down but once I finished, aside from maybe an hour of that “returning to reality” feeling, I was fine. What this means is that it’s a really good plot but the emotional side of the book could be improved. Overall it’s a 4/5 stars from me, not unreal but a very good read nonetheless. In reference, I will definitely be reading the rest of the books but not necessarily crying over them.
Synopsis (a few minor spoilers that you can also get from reading the back cover): Tally is finally pretty. She now parties every day in New Pretty Town with her best friends and her biggest worry is whether she’ll pass the initiation to become a member of a Pretty clique. But one day, she gets a letter from her past that acts like the pulling of a plug. All of a sudden, her old memories are flowing in and she remembers the dark side of being pretty.
What was the western part of United States is now home of the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbors. Born in one of the wealthiest families of the Republic, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being trained to for success in the Republic’s military. Born in the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. From two opposite worlds, they have no reason to encounter each other until June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the main suspect. Now being hunted down by June, Day is on a race for his and his family’s lives. But then something happens, and instead it brings Day and June closer together, and they learn what a man would do just to get what he wants.
It was a good book, and let me remind you, a teen book is not a teen book without a bit of romance. Just saying. Book order:
Ali’s Pretty Little Lies is written by Sara Shepard and is the prequel to the Pretty Little Liars Secret. Even before Alison DiLaurentis disappeared mysteriously. Alison’s life was perfect. Everyone loved her. She was the ‘It’ girl. She had it all. Until her whole life came down to this one lie. Scared, Alison manipulates her “friends” into unleashing their deepest and darkest secrets. Scared of the consequences one lie becomes another until it ended her life permanently.
This book was a good read, however even though this book is a prequel, it is best to read once you are finished reading the Pretty Little Liars full book series, as it had all these hidden things that will spoil the rest of the book. I would rate this book 4.5/5 as the plot was great. It was good to finally find out what happens inside Alison’s head, as the books in the PLL series are told from the perspective of Ali’s friends. As the story progressed, the plot was very slow. Overall it was a quick read.
Summary This book is a romance story about a 16 year old girl named America Singer who lives a country in the future that is a caste divided nation. She has won the opportunity to compete in the selection, which is designed for Prince Maxon to find his mate. This is every girl’s dreams but America doesn’t want to go because she is secretly already in love with Aspen, a guard who works at the palace from her hometown. Will America fall for the prince? Or will she leave the prince for Aspen… What if the royal family finds out about her relationship with Aspen? That is something you’ll find out by yourself if you read this book. No spoilers!
I loved this author’s plot and descriptions, it was simply amazing to read. It was a really exciting book to read. My best friends also read it and they agreed to how great this book was. There are 5 books in this series and I’m planning to read all of them. I suggest this to all people who likes romance books, I rate this book 5 stars.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle is shipped off to Spence, a proper English boarding school, from India after the suicide of her mother. Her reception at her new school is a chilly one, as she is guilt-ridden over her mother’s death, and sometimes get visions of the future that have a weird tendency to come true. She also notices a strange Indian young man observing her following her around. But why? What does this have to do with her entanglement with some of Spence’s girls, and what will their trail deeper into the spirit world lead to?
I really liked this series (surprise! it’s another series!), even though it was rather confusing at times, probably because there were very long time gaps between the times I read the three books.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” – Kaz Brekker
The fantasy novel Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo (author of the Grisha series), follows the story of Kaz Brekker and his crew of dangerous outcasts as they attempt to commit the one heist that could get them out of the streets and make them millionaires. The catch? The very likely chance of death for all those involved before the quest can even begin.
Six of Crows is one of my favourite books of all time. Its original, well-mapped setting (there is literally a map at the beginning of the book), unique cast of bold, dynamic characters, and intricate, steady plot all work together to create a story that plays out effortlessly in one’s imagination.Read More
The Blackthorn Key is a captivating book that caught my attention from the very beginning. It holds so many wonderful secrets and spells! I personally really liked this book because one of my friends gave it to me as a present, and she said that it is a really good book. At first, I didn’t believe her, since the cover seemed really plain, but after finishing the whole book, I realized that it was an extraordinary book with a lot of excitement and action.
So, you’re probably wondering what exactly the book is about. The protagonist of the story, Christopher, is the apprentice of the wonderful Benedict Blackthorn. Of course, everyone has their secrets, and when a cult starts to prey on apothecaries, Christopher is worried about Benedict. He goes into action!