Book Review: Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

Finally! I’ve done it! I have read and finished the Caraval series. I’m so sad to see the series end, but I was not disappointed with this book at all. It brought all of my love and happiness together and I was so happy I was able to experience this series. Let’s get right into the book review!

Title: Finale (Caraval #3)

Author: Stephanie Garber

Pages: 496

Format: hardcover

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Publication Date: May 7, 2019


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…

  • Magic System- I’ve loved the magic system in this series as a whole. It is so different from anything I have really ever heard of and I just loved it. Legend’s magic definitely made me feel so happy and just downright beautiful.
  • Characters- THANK GOD I got both girl’s perspectives. I missed Scarlet, and honestly she was the main focus in the book, I thought anyways. Tella wasn’t so much a background character, but her story definitely wasn’t as intense as Scarlet’s. Only thing was I really missed the mood changing dress, I loved that element to Scarlet.
  • Storyline- Wow, was this story line intense or what? I never knew what was about to happen at any point in the book. I’m trying not to give too much away because I want people to really read and enjoy the series, but this was so good. I was worried, the beginning sounded like it could be a mediocre book, but it really turned around and I ended up loving it.
  • Legend’s Bonus Chapter- So I bought the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of this book, and I was so excited that it included a bonus chapter from Legend. The only thing was that it wasn’t even really a chapter, it was a paragraph. And a lame one at that. I was hoping for more but oh well. Honestly I don’t know if my heart would have been able to handle much more.
  • Scarlet at the beginning of the book- I was worried in the beginning of the book that this story was going to turn out to be like The Bachelor, where two men are competing for the last rose and the girl, and it made me a little angry/worried and I actually didn’t enjoy it much when that was taking place. It obviously got better though.

Have you read the Caraval series? What have you all thought?

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s finally the end of January and man, this has been one busy month. In today’s post I will be going over books that I read, music I listened to and some important events.

First, the books.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber: First read of the year and also my first 5 star read of the year!

Sadie by Courtney Summers: Yes, I read this on audiobook, and no I didn’t really care for the story. The audiobook was really well done but I just couldn’t really get into the story, and I mean… that ending though. 3/5

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Took me a really long time to get through this one, the audiobook was almost 20 hours long, and started off slow, but as the book went on it just got better. Gave this one a 4/5 stars.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes: This was a miraculous read! Absolutely wonderful. My first eARC given to me by NetGalley and it was amazing, Romanov comes out May 7th this year. 5/5 stars.

Now for the Music part, here is some new music that came out this month that I really enjoyed:

Middle Child – J. Cole

7 Rings – Ariana Grande

Nights Like This (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Kehlani

Undecided – Chris Brown

And finally, for some important events that went on this January, and there was really only one specific event and that was getting my guinea pig, Simba. Even though its only been a little less than a month, my family and I are learning more and more of his personality everyday and I am so grateful for him and the joy he has brought me.

So that’s it for the month of January, onto Harry Potter Month!!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber Book Review

Good morning everyone and happy Friday! Today I am finally posting the review for the first book I read in 2019, and of course, it was Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I LOVED this book, and I hope you all enjoy my thoughts on it.


Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Synopsis:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun

I really enjoyed this book. Nothing really fell short for me, and I actually enjoyed it more than Caraval. It has to be the best sequel I have ever read. I enjoyed Scarlet’s side of the story in Caraval and I was nervous about reading it in Tella’s point of view, but it was really good. It was nothing like just watching how another game works, because we had so many other components going on. There of course was elements of the game, but we also had added characters like Jacks and all of the Fate’s. It just really expanded the game and was a nice addition. I cannot wait for Finale to come out, I probably will be the first in line to purchase it.

What do you guys think of the Caraval series so far?

January TBR

Happy Saturday everyone! I didn’t know if it would be a little too late to say my monthly TBR this month, but its better than never. So here are some of the books I want to read this chilly month of January.

Legendary – Stephanie Garber

This is one I have been super excited for to read this year. I bought it last year in like October, waited as long as I could, hoping to make it until April to read it to be prepared for Finale in May, but I realized I need to read this book right. now.

In the first book we follow a woman named Scarlett, who goes to an isle to play a game created by the ‘master Legend’. In the first book her sister Tella is kidnapped by the master Legend and the winner of the game must find Tella in order to officially have won. In Legendary we just folloe Tella’s story in the midst of a new game.

I’m super excited for this one, and I’ve already started it and I definitely plan on finishing it sometime this weekend.

Dry – Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

I recieved this book for Christmas and this is another one that I have just been dying to read, it looks so good! If you didn’t know Neal Shusterman is also the author of the really Popular Scythe, which I also plan on reading this year at some point.

Dry is about a drought occuring in California, until it finally reaches the point to where there is no water at all. We follow a girl named Alyssa who’s once lovely quiet neighborhood turns into a warzone of neighbors fighting for water. When her parents dont return on night on the search for water, Alyssa must make a choice for her and her brothers lives in order for them to survive.

I mean, come on. This sounds so intriguing and I am so excited.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

I have been putting off this read for a long time, and I think with the new year, means I finally pick it up. This would be my first Tahereh Mafi read (I know guys, it’s unreal), and honestly I don’t know all that much. All I know is that its about a woman that cant touch anyone, because her touch is fatal. I want to be surprised going into this so, I think thats all I need to know.

The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

Last but not least, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I also received this book for Christmas and I have only been waiting to read it due to me wanting the collector’s edition. I love her writing style, I love the feeling her writing gives me, so I knew I wanted the signed special edition with purple edges.

This book is about a girl named Natasha and a boy named Daniel and basically it’s a romantic YA contemporary. Don’t know much else, all I know is it’s kind of insta-lovey, which is a trope I dont really care for but, we will see how it goes.

What is everyone reading this month of January?