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…
Title: Finale (Caraval, #3)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
This book sits somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 for me. I expected so much more from this book than what I got. Some parts were incredible and explosive, but the majority was just fine…
I’ll start with a couple of notes I wrote down while reading this:
• Why is Legend so charming! dangggggit!
• Yes, Julian! GO OFF
I’ll first start with Legend. Wow. He just…wow. Why is he so charming? How is he so charming? I feel so in love with him in this book. And for that, I am disappointed in myself. Julian though…We didn’t see much of him in the second book and I somehow forgot how sweet and kind and completely in love with Scarlett he is. This book reminded me how wonderful he is and there were so many moments that I just had to sigh in complete content-ness at him. To sum up this paragraph, I love Julian and Legend.
Moving on, I was starting to feel like Tella had a bigger role in this series than Scarlett did, but this book really evened out their roles for me. I felt like they were in things together and both had important jobs that needed to be accomplished.
Now, onto some of the less satisfactory parts. Garber has a way of making every detail seem important. It’s only once I get to the end that I realize how much was fluff and how little was actually needed. I’m not sure if I like this or not. On one hand, it makes me question everything, which is nice and nerve-wracking. On the other hand, why the heck is it included?
Also, this book kinda got boring about halfway through. They had a bunch of problems to solve…Okay? Well, solve them! I was tired of seeing them run in circles and throw out puzzles that didn’t even need to be solved.
Lastly, there was so much unresolved in this book. I really hope there is going to be a spin-off series or something to answer all these questions. I just thought things would be wrapped up better, but I guess they can’t be if there will be more books added to the Caraval universe.
Overall, this was not my favorite ending to a series, but it did have some satisfying parts. I’ll read more of what Garber writes, but I’ll be skeptical.
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