Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval. This sequel, titled Legendary, was released in North America on May 29, 2018, and despite promises of splendor and magic, Legendary fell a bit flat, certainly not living up to the wonder of 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.
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FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include “Oh So Regal” (December 2017), “Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and “Save the Kingdom” (May 2018). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!
So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website!
AND, IF YOU DECIDE TO SUBSCRIBE? CHECK OUT MY FAIRYLOOT PAGE FOR CURRENT DISCOUNT CODES FOR 3 AND 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS!
So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for Junw 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Rebels in Ballgowns”! This box was inspired by stories where the main character is on a secret mission and has to dress up – think masquerade parties and elegant parties! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including a very highly anticipated new release that is getting fantastic reviews (and which won’t be released until July!) – and of course its filled with items inspired by popular YA novels, including Legendary by Stephanie Garber, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!
(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)
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Are you reading Caraval? Have you read Caraval? Looking for some place to talk about the book, or share your opinions? The YA Readers Alliance is reading Caraval as our February Book of the Month, and we’d love if you would join us! Click here for more information!
Caraval is Stephanie Garber’s break-out novel, released on January 31, 2016, and it is a fabulous one, rich with detail and intrigue. Described as spell-binding, enchangting and decadent, Caraval certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
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I know, I know, this is a couple days late (today being February 2nd, and all that), but better late than never, right?
I’ve got a huge stack of books at home to read (I blame Christmas and the Book Outlet for this particular problem), so I’ve split this month’s anticipated reads into two lists: older releases (mostly from 2016, some from earlier) I’ve yet to read and recently released books I can’t wait to read this month! (Disclaimer: I don’t actually expect to be able to read ALL these books this month – but I’ll certainly give it my best shot!)
Seriously though, my To Be Read List is out of control.
Most Anticipated New Releases:
- Frostblood by Elly Blake (released January 10, 2017)
- Roseblood by A.G. Howard (released January 10, 2017)
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber (released January 31, 2017)
- Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard (to be released February 7, 2017)
- Gilded Cage (to be released February 14, 2017)
- The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (to be released February 14, 2017)
- You can find my Mini Monday Review for The Valiant (ARC) here!
- The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (to be released February 14, 2017)
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E.Schwab (to be released February 21, 2017)
In particular, I am very excited to read Caraval by Stephanie Garber – if you haven’t already, check out the new Book Club I am apart of, The YA Readers Alliance, and join us in reading Caraval this month! (We’re also on Bookstagram!)
And More Books on my TBR:
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
- The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
- The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
- Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
- Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
- Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
- Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
- Dividing Eden (ARC) by Joelle Charbonneau
- The Sandcastle Empire (ARC) by Kayla Olson
- Missing (ARC) by Kelley Armstrong
And don’t forget, you can keep up with my current reads on Bookstagram!