Book Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Summary:

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this final installment in the Caraval series. I have been enchanted by this world since I first picked Caraval up on a whim- I think it is such a unique story, and so visual for a book. I can totally imagine this series as a movie or television show – everything just feels so alive and bursting off of the pages, in glittering technicolor. There is a sense of vivaciousness, excess, beauty from this world and Scarlett and Tella are such great characters, and their fierce love for each other. They are truly sisters, so different yet loyal and devoted to the other. In this book, we got to hear almost equally from both and I loved it reading a book that had both of their perspectives.

Holy Love Triangles Batman! Not just one character with a love triangle, but two. I have a slight favoritism for Scarlett and Julian though, so I have to say I enjoyed their journey in Finale a wee bit more. Tella and Legend, I’m just not as into their story as I am Scarlett and Julian’s. Maybe it is because we met Scarlett first? Regardless, I still greatly enjoyed seeing their stories spin out and finally conclude.

There were some pretty big surprises in this book! From sad ones to ones that I didn’t see coming, it was a bit of a roller coaster from start to finish. I found myself drawn more to the character of Jacks, and was almost sort of rooting for him over Legend! Of course, you will not find out until the very end who Tella ultimately ends up with..

I also really enjoyed hearing the stories of the Fates, how they came to be, their history and the lore surrounding them. That was actually really cool. They played a huge part in this book, and I really loved it.

Overall, I really enjoyed Finale!

Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for the advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review!


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