Book Review: Finale

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Released: May 7, 2019

It's the end of yet another series of books that I love. I devoured these books, and the finale (yes, pun intended) was no different. Stephanie Garber created such a delicious world and wonderful characters that it's hard to let them go, but it was so easy to read them all so fast!

If you haven't read the first two books in the trilogy, Caraval and Legendary, then you better hop on that train yesterday! But, if you have, then I hope you get your hands on this last installment fast!

Here's a quick summary of what you have in store for this final book: With Tella and Scarlett's mom now safe at home (but still asleep), Dante--er, Legend---on the throne, and the Fates running loose around the city of Valenda, readers never know what to expect. Tella is still angry at Legend for rejecting her, Scarlett begins a competition for her heart between Julian and her Count, and did I mention the Fates were wreaking havoc? But, the girls and their boys won't take this all in stride. They will stop at nothing to make sure the Fates are destroyed and they survive the battle.

I am a sucker for the romance in these books, and it was so great finally getting to read from both of the sister's perspectives! Originally, I didn't like that the second book was from Tella's POV. I mean, I had just spent all of Caraval falling in love with Scarlett and Julian. But by the end of Legendary, I was just as in love with Legend and Tella.

Seriously, Julian and Legend give me heart palpitations.

Were there problems with their relationships? I mean, yes, lying is not a good foundation for any relationship. Did that make my heart beat any slower during their cute romance scene? Not. At. All.

But, one thing this book--this series, really--pushes is love.

Seeing the evolution of Tella and Scarlet, how they learned to love and what love really means, was really quite beautiful and true. I loved seeing them come into their own and learn what love really meant to them. Honestly, love played a huge part in this book and I really enjoyed that aspect.

I also loved getting to know and see the Fates in this one. It was really interesting and there could honestly be an entire series on them and I would devour it. I wish we could have actually gotten more of the Fates. I loved finding out what their powers entailed and what side they were on.

The only thing that that stops me from giving it more praise is the pacing of the book (and it wasn't just this one, it was the trilogy). Things happen very swiftly, but not in a natural way. Scenes didn't switch naturally or the things that happened did so quickly and I think I would have preferred it to be drawn out more--with details, dialogue, etc.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. I'm sad to see it end!

What did you think of the series?

Did Finale live up to your expectations?

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