Book Review: “Finale”

“Finale” by Stephanie Garber

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


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…

Well, that was underwhelming. Part of the magic of Caraval and Legendary was the game. The game was enchanting and you never knew what was real. Finale had no game so the biggest chunk of magic simply wasn’t there.

Instead, the book focuses on The Fates. To me, The Fates (and that entire storyline) seems so detached from Caraval’s original story. I really had a hard time caring about that particular part of the story. Scarlett’s connection to The Fates really came out of no where. It just wasn’t for me.

The unnecessary love triangles are back in full force. The reader knows who Scarlett and Tella will choose so it’s just obnoxious to continually focus on the will-they-or-won’t-they storylines with the love interests. Honestly, I didn’t feel much in regards to any of the romance. I wasn’t cheering anyone on. I wasn’t grinning so hard my cheeks hurt. I was just ‘meh’ about it.

The story was engaging enough because I finished the book, I was just left wanting more from this glamorous world.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: “Finale”

  1. OH NO. I saw the word “love triangles” and I immediately want to bail out of reading this one but I also know that I will hate myself for not reading it. I’ve heard so many mixed reviews for Finale, so I’ve already been putting it off despite pre-ordering it 🙈 Such a shame this series doesn’t seem to deliver in the final…


  2. I agree with all your points 😂 I loved this series b/c the magic itself was almost detached from their real world, but then the Fates were involved and in this book especially they were such a huge part of the story! Also, yes such a big focus on romance in this one 😂😂 Awesome review!

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