Author: Stephanie Garber
Release Date: 9th May 2019
The Caraval series has had me gripped ever since I sat down to read the first book, I was absorbed and fell in love with the fantastical world that was presented to me. I also fancy the pants off of Dante, but that’s a tale for another day…
I can say now that Finale did not disappoint. From the first page I was just as hooked as I was when I read both Caraval and Legendary, I actually managed to read it in just two sittings.
There will be light spoilers in this review, so please stop reading now if you want to avoid those. I will try and talk about the book as much as possible without revealing too much.
Synopsis taken from Goodreads:
“Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen 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. Finaly, 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…”
Firstly for those wondering, this book it split into the perspective of both Tella and Scarlett – I know this was a big question with fans everywhere.
Finale opens a few months post the end of Legendary (when Legend walks away and leaves Tella to be scraped off the floor by Jacks) and all seems to be okay for the sisters who are watching over their Mother, she is currently in what appears to be a severe coma. The Fates have been released and the sisters are waiting for the day they wake up – however of course both Tella and Scarlett have other things on their mind…
This leads them on a brand new adventure where they have to tackle some of the worst Fates and fight their own personal demons. A powerful message I found through this book was the pain that Tella had to go through deciding if she can follow her heart or head, fighting two very opposing sides of herself to figure out what she really wants.
Legend also comes across this struggle but as the book isn’t from his point of view you don’t quite grasp his feelings as much. So many times I wanted to reach into the book, shake him and tell him he was being an idiot – which is something I love about the way Stephanie Garber writes her characters, they struggle just like us…even when immortal.
Finale’s focus is very much on the relationships between both the sisters and the brothers – and personally I felt like this was much needed. The first two books in the series touches on the relationships between the couples but had a strong message about sisterly love, which I adored but it was about time we got some lose ends tied with regards to our favourite book romancers.
This book made me fall in love with Julian, not that I didn’t like him anyway but he is a top dude. I’d like him to protect me and care for me the way he cares for Scarlett – you can feel the love just oozing through the page.
Speaking of love, although the other two books had their moments of cute, love-filled speeches, Finale is much heavier on this. There are lots of heart-felt speeches, many loving moments and gushing scenes between the couples. This is fine because everyone reading these books by Finale they’re pining for these moments. It’s such a lovely book to finish the series…but is it the actual end?
The book is left open ended and I am praying that there is going to be another trilogy from Legends/Julian’s perspective (PLEASE STEPHANIE, ily). When I finished I felt like I needed more closure for my own sanity, I don’t think it was left at a point where it could just end and be no more. It has left me wanting SO much more – this is not a bad thing.
Overall I really loved this follow-up book, I binged it and had the best time being back into this magical world. If you want another decent book in the Caraval series to sit down and just generally enjoy then this is a book / series for you. It has it’s hooks in me and won’t let forget.
*This book was received for review.
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