May 06 2019

Book Spotlight & Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Book Spotlight, Review, Young Adult / Leave a Comment

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.



About the Author

I’m the #1  New York Times bestselling and international bestselling author of Caraval, Legendary, and Finale (coming May 2019).

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 and its sequel Legendary is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in over thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.



Review of Finale

Review (5 Stars): OMG!!!  I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this series and Ms. Garber did an amazing job bringing this epic story to a wonderful conclusion.  It has been two months since the Fates have been freed from the Deck of Destiny and Legend abandoned Tella after she sacrificed everything to win Caraval to learn the fate of her missing mother.  This book starts from there and will be a non-stop roller coaster ride as the sisters work together to learn how to defeat the Fates that were released.

I loved watching Tella’s character grow over the course of these books because she has come to a point where she was willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people that she loves.  Even if it means sacrificing herself, which I feel she wasn’t ready to do in the first book compared to her older sister, Scarlet. In the beginning, Tella seemed like a girl that was just looking to have a good time and never cared about the consequences but that definitely changed in Finale.

“I’m the villain, even in my own story.”

Throughout most of this book, I didn’t know whether to hug Legend or smack the living crap out of him.  For Tella, Legend could hide the devil behind that beautiful smile and she never seemed to know where she stood with him.  Were his feelings genuine or was he just playing another game with her to keep his secrets safe?

That is the funny thing about love. You soon find that you will accept everything about that special person even the things that you may not like because you are in love. Tella wanted everything about him in her life and I think a part of her always knew that she would choose Legend.  Even after everything that they have been through together, she would still choose him.

Finale brings this amazing story full circle where the characters learn that love is always worth the sacrifice and that true love will always win in the end.  I want to thank Ms. Garber for this wonderful series and I know that this series will always have a special place in my heart because Caraval is more than just a game for this reader.

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