Book Review | Finale by Stephanie Garber

“I’m the villain, even in my own story.” 

Stephanie Garber, Finale

Synopsis

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…

Review

The Caraval series is one that I’ve followed for such a long time at this point.

Honestly, when I met Stephanie Garber at YALLfest two years ago I told her about how I’d found the synopsis for the story on Goodreads late one night while I fell down the rabbit hole of unpublished books that Goodreas has to offer.

It was a story that, upon reading a three sentence synopsis, I found myself eagerly anticipating. I literally had a calendar countdown for the book birthday and when my pre-order would be delivered.

This was before I’d even set foot into the world that Garber created.

After reading the first two books and feeling every pain that Garber inflicted on her characters, I waited for the third installation of the series with baited breath. Not because I didn’t think the book would be good, but because I knew Garber would destroy me when she ended the series.

And that she did.

The book takes on a whole new perspective from the start using a dual point of view between Tella and Scarlet and essentially walking the reader through two separate, yet intertwining, story lines.

Even with the small change in point of view put me on edge. Not because I didn’t want to read both character’s perspectives, but because the change typically means a major character would die or at least something so grave would happen to them that we’d no longer be able to read their perspective.

The point of view shift aside, Garber dives straight into the world that Caraval has to offer and immediately gives fans a glimpse into life without Dante, Jacks, and Julian, and it seems bleak.

The growth that the reader sees in Tella from Legendary is palpable from the first pages as she fights to stay away from Dante and keep her family safe. Tella, one of the most compelling and interesting characters in my opinion, journeys through Finale in an attempt to save the little bit of her life that she has left, while uncovering secrets about her families lineage and future.

Scarlet — who I’ve come to love, but find a bit tedious — while traveling her own nest of issues, does what she does best, and tries to save everyone, even if it could potentially cost her own life.

Jacks, the bad-guy-but-not-really-bad-guy, is also worth noting in this review as he plays such a different role in Finale than he did in Legendary and it’s one where you find yourself actually rooting for the Prince of Hearts.

Overall I gave the final story in Garber’s Caraval trilogy 5/5 stars. It was a fantastic end to a series that I’ve been following since it first graced the pages of Goodreads.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review | Finale by Stephanie Garber

  1. I agree with everything you said! I enjoyed the dual-POV that Garber incorporated with Legendary and Finale. I loved how we were able to watch both sisters’ relationships grow between each other and their boys. This is definitely one of my favorite trilogies ❤

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