Finale by Stephanie Garber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Both Donatella and Scarlett must race against time once again as ancient powers wreak havoc on their world. Will love be enough to keep them alive or will it become deadly?

Finale is the third and final book of the Caraval series, and it was quite the ride. As I have mentioned in my previous reviews of Caraval and Legendary, the author has a talent for making the reader expect certain outcomes only to flip those expectations on its head. There were many moments where I was unsure of how our heroes would come on top and I was surprised by the outcome.

Surprised in a… not so good way.

I was not as impressed with how the main issue of the book was resolved. Although it was a unique approach, I was not a fan of the logic nor the execution of the characters’ plan and felt like the ending was a little rushed. It felt like the author was trying to get past the overall conflict so that the sappy ending could happen.

However, with that said, I did not hate the book. Despite my other issues with Scarlett’s plotline in the beginning, I did actually enjoy Finale a lot. I think it is because I was in love with the characters and I am a sap for a good romance. And boy was the romance so good! My heart still aches for a certain character I shall not name but I was really pleased with both Scarlett and Donatella’s endings.

The magic in this book was still just as charming and mysterious. There was so much uniqueness about the world that I became just as entranced as I did the first and second time. Not only that, the author is gifted with writing complex characters that grow and learn in all of the best ways. It was a sweet ending to a magical series.

So, overall, I had a great reading experience and gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars but rounded up to 5 stars because I love the series as a whole so much.

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Book Information

  • YA
  • Fantasy Romance
  • Content Warning: Death
  • #3 and LAST book of the Caraval series

Favorite QUote

“I used to be scared of it, but now I think love is another type of magic. It makes everything brighter, it makes people who have it stronger, it breaks rules that aren’t supposed to exist, it’s infinitely valuable.”

Stephanie Garber, Finale

Book Blurb

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series! A ll games must come to an end…

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates were freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella saw Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun—with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.

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