So school starts in two weeks but new teacher orientation starts on Monday and then we have inservice days until school starts, so this is my official last week of freedom. That being said I am so stressed out about everything that instead of actually lesson planning or thinking about school I decided to read an entire book instead. Needless to say Legendary didn’t put me in the greatest mood because I was angry at the ending but that is nothing new.
I stumbled across the first book in the series, Caraval, when I was looking for books similar to the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the story line because it brought me back to the magic of The Night Circus and it was just what I needed. I bought my copy of Legendary back when it first came out and I put off reading it for two reasons 1) I was super busy and just didn’t have time to read it 2) I hate reading series and knew the minute I finished this one I would look up the release date for the final book and it would be a year from now (May, 2019). However, my teaching buddy asked if I had read it yet and she told me I need to so I thought what better way to distract myself about the anxiety of teaching then read a book. Eating lunch interrupted this process so I may or may not have slightly low blood sugar right now but I am telling you it was worth it.
Legendary picks up right where Caraval left off except this story is told from the POV of Donatella, which at first annoyed me because I wanted to know what was happening in Scarlett’s mind post-Caraval, however I love Tella and frankly I think she is my favorite of the two sisters. She is more independent than her sister and has this fierce streak that we as readers don’t really get to see until now. We also get to see more of Dante, who if I am being frank I don’t remember from the first book but apparently he and Tella got hot and steamy and he is covered in tattoos which already makes me like him a lot.
Legend is taking Caraval to the capital of their islands (I think, honestly me and geography of various fantasy worlds just doesn’t mix) and this time Tella has to play in order to fulfill a debt and find someone who has been missing for a very long time. Again nothing is at it seems and you will find yourself guessing the whole time as to who is exactly who, and the motives behind all the characters and why people are doing what they are doing. This book is a nonstop roller coaster ride of emotions and honestly you will not want to put it down because you simply have to know what is happening! It will make you hungry for more so read at your own peril but seriously it is worth it.
More books like this:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
“Cruel Beauty” & “Crimson Bound” both by Rosamund Hodge
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The other book I read and finished about a week ago was The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
This a historical adult novel so not YA fantasy but YA fantasy and adult historical fiction are my two favorite genres. This story focuses on two women. One a spy during WWI and one a post WWII girl just trying to find her missing cousin. They have one thing in common a Monsieur who goes by several names.
As Charlie St. Clair treks across the French countryside, with a grumpy Scottsman and her guide, a crazy old English woman, she is not only searching for her lost cousin, contemplating her “little problem”, she is also falling in love and learning the true story behind “The Alice Network”.
As Eve Gardiner is dragged out of her drunken stupor and English home by a crazy American named Charlie St. Clair, she is dragged back into her past when she used to spy for the English government, part of a network that left her broken physically and emotionally.
I really enjoyed this book because it talked a lot about WWI and specifically Germany during WWI, which is not something usually written about. I can name more than a dozen books that talk about what happened before, during and after WWII but I haven’t read a lot of books about The Great War. The Germans were just as cruel in the first war as they were the second and for me personally it was interesting to read about a time in history that I hadn’t known a lot about. The most surprising thing to me was that Germany did indeed invade the Northern part of France during WWI and the use of spies, especially women. The first WW started in 1914, women’s liberation hadn’t come that far and so using women as spies was interesting to me. This story is also based on the actual Alice Network. The main character is fictional but the woman who ran the network is real and a lot of the references mentioned happened.
This was a quick read, despite the length of the book, but it is fast paced interesting and the love story is on the back burner for most of the story which is a refreshing change.
More books like this:
At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer