Finale by Stephanie Garber | Review

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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.


If you read my review on Legendary, the second book in Stephanie Garber's trilogy, you will all ready know how I wasn't the greatest fan of Caraval, but a surprised and happy lover of Finale. Caraval's characters lacked something that was finally there in Finale, and I was very excited to pick up this final instalment. In fact, when I saw Finale on the shelf with its gorgeous sprayed edges I may have actually jumped in excitement.

This was a few days before my exam (marking the end of my first year on uni, how quickly has this year gone?) so I had to wait to read this and almost immediately reading when my exam was over. And I have to say... it wasn't as fabulous as I was hoping it would be - I was left feeling some similar feelings as to when I finished Caraval. It was a good book, but not one I was desperate to pick up or never wanted to put down. It was actually quite a struggle to get through it.

I'm not sure if it was because it was the first book I have read in a long time that wasn't for uni or an exceptionally dense critical essay, that I struggled with this, or this just wasn't the book for me. The plot was slightly underwhelming with no major plot twists that weren't expected, and the characters too fell under this bracket. I liked reading from Tella's point of view, for some reason I find her a much more interesting and fun character to immerse myself with, but Scarlet's chapters were almost always predictable. 

I am glad I finished this series as i did like the second one and do things it is a good series that many people will love. For me it just fell flat and won't be one of my favourites. I feel like this is quite a harsh review but with a low 2.5/5 stars, it was an okay book to get me back into reading for the summer.  

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