Release Date: 7th May 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Read: 12th-16th May 2019
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In case you have stumbled upon this review without knowing anything about this series you should know that this a third book the Caraval series so please don’t read this review unless you have read the first two books in the series. I am going to keep this review spoiler free though so you don’t have to worry about being spoiled for it if you haven’t read or finished Finale yet.
Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!
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.
I am going to start off with saying that the quote I got imprinted on my hardcover of this fabulous book is so fitting for me, at first I didn’t really like it that much as I had two other quotes I would have preferred but I feel like it was fate that I got it, it just suits my experience of reading this amazing series as I remember back when I read Caraval I told myself I would continue with the series as I thought it was great standalone but you can probably gather that I am glad I did as each book is it’s own story and each story is great. It’s hard to decide which one is my favourite as they are all great for different reasons.
This is the quote I got on my copy – ‘Only those who preserve can find their true ending‘.
I feel like I had fallen back in love with Stephanie Garber’s writing from the very first page, just read this quote and you will understand why!
‘Just the sound of them was magic, melting the harsh midday sunlight into bits of luminous butterscotch that danced around their heads like stardust halos.’
Isn’t that such a stunning quote? It captures the tone and feeling these books give off, I absolutely loved it.
One of the wishes that I had for this book before going into it is that I wanted it to follow both sisters as before we had one book from each of the sisters and I got that, so of course I was very happy! I love each sister and following their perspective for different reasons but I think Scarlett was my favourite, by only a tad. I think it’s because to me she is more relatable as we have similar personalities, I loved following her character growth and we also started off the story with her in the first book. But don’t get me wrong I still love Tella’s chapters and they were very interesting to read about.
My favourite guy out of all of them, and there are a lot hehe, is for sure Julian. I just love him so much and he definitely made me laugh out loud so many times throughout the whole book that I lost count. He is just so pure and perfect for Scarlett and his nickname for her is adorable. Plus, he is honest which I really appreciated.
I loved that this book focused a lot on the Fates as I was curious about them ever since we found out about them in the previous book. I really liked that we got to learn more about them and I definitely found the Assassin, the Lady Prisoner and the Prince of Hearts the most fascinating but of course the Fallen Star was fascinating too.
I did find it weird though that both sisters had two guys going after them, as Scarlett had Julian who I love and Nickolas who I found to be very interesting, and then Tella had Jacks the Prince of Hearts who is a Fate and Legend who is great and mysterious. I had no idea how to feel about that as I’m not usually the biggest fan of love triangles however at the same time for these two you knew who they would rather be with so I still enjoyed it. I loved the aspect of the courtship/suitors game though, that was clever of Scarlett to do. At first, I had no idea who I wanted to end up with who, but throughout the story you could definitely see who would end up with who, so no surprises there.
When Paradise Lost finally woke up, I really thought at least the sisters could talk with her however that wasn’t possible. I understand why it was done but I felt really bad for Tella. But I did like how we got to see more of Paradise in a way I didn’t expect so that is all I will say.
Also, at first I found it difficult to follow how the Fates could be defeated as they are immortal but I quickly learned how so that was much appreciated as I don’t like being kept in the dark.
One of the relationships really reminded me of another book I have read earlier on this year, State of Sorrow, which was nice to read about as it just gave me positive and happy vibes.
There were so many beautifully crafted sentences (I won’t mention which as most of them are spoilers) but I was just so touched and I understood the character’s actions and decisions better.
Many thoughts went through my head whilst reading this book like ‘this book will be the death of me’, ‘this book is killing me’, etc. I was also squealing a lot, especially at the end. I didn’t cry either but I did tear up a couple of times.
My initial thought when I finished the book was that I wanted another book as I love the characters so much and that ending! However, I also don’t want Stephanie Garber to write another one as I don’t want the story to be ruined for me if she did write another book and it was terrible. But to be completely honest I don’t think the author could write something horrible as her writing is beautiful, I love it and it just mesmerizes me. I always feel like I am there in this fascinating world she has created with the characters, experiencing the magic with them.
This book has a very satisfying ending, well for me anyway. The pace of the story is great as I was never bored or lost interest, everything included in the story was perfect.
This is still my favourite series out there, none of the books have disappointed me in any way and I am just so happy to have finished it. Yes, it is sad that it is over but at the same time, the ending was so satisfying that it just has left me so happy. My dream is now to meet Stephanie Garber so I can tell her what an amazing series she has written and how much I love the story and the characters.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it?
See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan