August 16th, 2019

Finale Book Review

Book: Finale
Author: Stephanie Garber
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

I really don’t know what has happened with this series. I loved Caraval and I thought that this series was going to become one of my top series. It seems like with each book, we lose an element of Caraval. The magic, the wonder, and the mystery just seems to be lost with each passing book.

So, Finale picks right up where Legend left off. Now, Legend, to me, really did have that middle of the book series feeling to it. So, I was expecting something grand and epic throughout this book, but it just didn’t deliver. This one is heavy on the romance, slow with a rushed ending. I think that had we spent less time on the romance and more on the Fates, then we would have had something great. Now, I’m not saying that this is a terrible book, but I am saying that it could have been a lot better.

I really enjoyed the characters for the most part. I really didn’t like how Scarlett was written here. I loved her character in Caraval, but I felt like she was kind of shoved to the side. Tella is clearly the star in the book. Now, I like Tella, but Scarlett has always been my favourite. It honestly seemed like Scarlett couldn’t do anything without having Jillian or someone there to help her. If this was present in the first books, then I didn’t notice it as much. However, here, it felt like Scarlett really didn’t get a fair chance to shine. Legend’s character also seemed weaker here than in other books. I don’t know if anyone else got that feeling or if it was just me.

The ending felt really rushed. I really do hate to say it, but it did. Not only that, but it felt like it really didn’t cost the characters anything. Everything was tidy and we really weren’t left with any unanswered questions. I really did like this part, but I like whenever the ending cost our characters something. I know it sounds like of bad, but it’s what I want. I firmly believe that if you want to achieve great goals that you do need to lose something-at least in books. It felt like everything here was just handed to the characters. Never once did I think that they weren’t going to make it. I guess what I’m trying to get at was there was no sense of urgency. It was just one of those books where I knew that everything was going to be okay.

It’s not the worse book I have ever read, but I do feel like this is the weakest of the series. It was slow paced, heavy on the romance, and didn’t have the depth that I was looking for.