Finale by Stephanie Garber

  • Release date: May 7th 2019
  • Pages: 496
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Series: Caraval (book three)
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I was so excited about this book because I loved the first two of the series, and still think it’s one of the most creative stories I’ve ever read. Finale is the third book in the caraval trilogy – and while it maintains some of the magical and mystical themes from the first two, it has a darker and more sinister side.

The characterisation honestly got so much better in this one, even though I didn’t think it could – Tella really grew into her own person. In Legendary it felt slightly forced and didn’t flow quite right, but now she was written witty, emotional and detailed. It meant that I was so connected to her and felt invested in her love triangle – which wasn’t your usual triangle because it had depth and twists to it, so don’t be put off.

I still enjoyed reading from Scarlett’s perspective, especially with her main storyline in this book, but her personality is so different from her sisters’, that I was leaning towards preferring Tella’s. That is a credit to Stephanie’s writing though, because you could tell the subtle different between each chapter. I was never thrown off or confused as to who’s view I was reading – and it made it all the more enjoyable.

While it was a shame this book wasn’t centred around caraval, as it really was the best part of the other books, it still had a high level of magic and intrigue. The storyline also managed to clear up some loose ends that we’ve been carrying – such as all of the details around Legend’s character and why he acts the way he does with Tella. The fates played a highly interesting role in the story, which also cleared up the history of their mother, and kept the tension running throughout. It also supplied us with some really interesting new characters, which gave Garber chance to show off her talent at maintaining side characters that were dynamic enough to warrant interest, but didn’t distract from the mains.

The description in this book is to die for, each location was so unique and detailed that it carried the narration forward. I loved discovering new magical places and being given the history or danger behind them – it added completely new dimensions to the story.

Garber is also really good at writing romance, especially when it came to two different characters going through their own experiences. Both Tella and Scarlett were navigating their way through their romances, but they both had clearly different views on what love was to them – and the different types of relationships they held. For me that was great, because I could read about Julian and Scarlett’s passionate, love at first sight romance – but I also had Tella’s and Dante’s forbidden, dangerous romance. It really was the best of both worlds for me.

Having stellar characters and a dynamic storyline in the same book is a rarity for me, but Garber really manages to pull it together. I’ve been hooked with every word she has ever written – I do think that for readers, there are certain authors that will always manage to maintain your readership, purely for the way they write. I adore Garber’s style and flow to her writing, as it perfectly matches what I like to read.

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