Book Title: Finale (Caraval #3)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: May 2019
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“Occasionally, there are minutes that get extra seconds. Moments so precious the universe stretches to make additional room for them.”
Why I chose this?
I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished Legendary, I need to know what happens with Scarlett and her suitor stand-off. I want to know about Tella and Dante. I need to know more about the girl’s mother and all about Jacks.
What it’s about
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. Finally, 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. . .
What I Thought
So I think I got everything I asked for. I got more Julian and Crimson, More Dante and Tella, more Jacks and more Paloma and then some. So I’m going to start off with what I loved.
I still love the way Stephanie Garber uses colours to describe feelings. Like his auror had a hint of aquamarine (it might not actually say that but its something along those lines) even though I’m still an unemotional robot I love the idea of this because this would help me immensely when dealing with people.
I love that Scarlet and Tella were the polar opposites of sisters yet didn’t let that or recent discoveries get in the way of loving each other. Whatever tries to come between them fails and only makes them stronger. With these two it’s not just the looks that are the opposite which is where most people would think it stops but it’s their personalities. Scarlet is shy, logical, analytical and thinks things through to a fault. Tella is fun, flirty, shoot first ask questions later. Te way that Garber has worked this is excellent and has managed to do something other authors have struggled with siblings and these two remind me of my and my younger sister. I see a lot of myself in Scarlet, I don’t like showing my emotions too much but like her I still care.
I loved how Jacks not only was sneaky with his actions and had an infectious personality but he also showed his willingness to help Tella out no matter the consequences. To me it was like he knew all along what needed to be done and ironically kept his cards close to his chest throughout.
Now for what I didn’t like which is why it hasn’t received the same 5 stars as its predecessors. Hated, the fallen star, as a villain i felt he was missing something. I just couldn’t connect with him, he reminded me a but of Delores Umbridge and was evil for the sake of being evil.
I’ll probably end up reading this again and knowing me I will find out something I’ve missed the first time around but I’m sure I will never be disappointed in this series. It’s been fantastic from start to finish.
Have you read the Finale? Let me know in the comments