Review | Finale


Title: Finale
Series Details: Caraval #3
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Flatiron Books
Release Date: May 07, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 478

Blurb from Goodreads:

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…

My Thoughts-01

I have nothing but love and praises for Caraval and Legendary. From the colorful and magic-filled world, to the dark and enigmatic villains, down to the amazing ships—these books definitely delivered! Sadly, I can’t say the same with Finale.

Finale was every bit as magical and wondrous as its predecessors, but it wasn’t as fun. This may be because it lacked the enchanting pull factors of the previous books. It didn’t have the thrill of being in a high-stakes game in Caraval. The mystery that surrounds Legend’s identity—which was the main attraction in Legendary—is also no longer there. Finale’s pull lies on our character’s impossible task to defeat the most powerful Fate who wishes to rule Valenda. And while it sounds like an interesting plot, it just didn’t work out for me.

Fear was a poison that people mistook as protection. Making choices to stay safe could be just as treacherous.

The remarkable thing about the Caraval series is that there’s magic, there’s romance, and there’s adventure—and they were all equally presented throughout the book. In this particular installment though, it felt like there’s been too much romance and it really upsets that beautiful balance. The love triangles are everywhere. Everything has become all about love. Love is the problem. Love is the solution. Love is what mostly stirs the plot. By the end of the book, you’ll probably have enough of the word “love”.

This being the third and final book of the series, I expect more fire from our main characters especially Tella. She who writes her own adventures and handles herself pretty well even in the middle of a very dangerous and deceptive game. Sadly, Tella was reduced into someone who forget the wrongs that had been done to her just because she was given a pretty dress. As for Scarlet, I didn’t expect much from her. Despite having a bigger, more important role in this book, Scarlet just didn’t stand out from the others.

As a fan of villains—I wasn’t very happy with how easily the villains in this book were discarded. Some were even dropped before we get to know what drives them to become evil. Why they decide to use their power for evil things? They possess so much magic it’s impossible to kill them. At least there should have been an epic fight between the magic wielders.

The ending was neatly tied. I know a lot of readers would love this kind of ending—everybody’s happy, and smiling, and in love. For me though, it felt too neat. I wanted my heroes and heroines to have battle scars to remind them of the day they fought evil to save the world. It would’ve been nice if instead of just pure sunshine and happiness, they’d feel a mix of emotions whenever they look back to that day.

Despite the issues I have with this book, I didn’t regret reading this series.



Two Star Rating-01

5 thoughts on “Review | Finale

  1. Great review! I also rated Finale 2 out of 5 stars and it was honestly disappointing, since I was expecting so much more for the end of this series that I’ve grown to love. Similar to how you were saying that everything was wrapped up too neatly, I also noticed that some things were glossed over and weren’t really delved into, like Tella’s daughter. I know this is probably Garber’s way of setting up for a spin-off series, but more insight into this would have fleshed out the plot more in my opinion.

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    • Tella’s daughter! Yes!!! Thought I was the only one who noticed that. Also, I agree, it felt like this book lack depth despite having so much potential. I think the plot was okay, but it’s missing the weight that the previous books had. 🙂


  2. I agree, I was disappointed with how the series ended! I thought maybe I judged it too harshly but no, everything you said was right!


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