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Finale by Stephanie Garber (ARC Review)

Title: Finale
Author: Stephanie Garber
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books (Macmillan)
Date published: May 7, 2019

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books as part of a giveaway.

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…

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I really really enjoyed the first two books in Stephanie Garber’s Caraval series, Caraval and Legendary (you can read my reviews for them here and here), and was therefore quite excited to see how the story would wrap up in Finale! While reading Caraval, I remember being biased because the story was told from Scarlett’s perspective. And in the second book, I remember that I switched to team Tella, because it was told from her perspective instead. So, I was very glad to get both perspectives in Finale! I also thought it was fitting, because it is the ending of the series.

What did remain similar in Finale, when compared to the other 2 books, is that I was kept guessing and in the dark the entire time. I had no idea what was going to happen, and I loved it! We got to learn more about some of the storylines and characters that were introduced in the previous books, and some questions were answered while other parts remained mysterious (which is fine). I didn’t find the ending to be quite as climactic as I had expected and wanted, but I think that’s okay simply because the rest of the book was an adventure and a complete thrill to read!

 

From Stephanie Garber‘s webiste: I’m the international and New York Times bestselling author of Caraval. When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job. My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.

  
  

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