Hi friends! I’m here to review a dramatic series finale* and I’m kind of screaming because I hate reviewing endings. I always end up forgetting something really important and it’s just to much for my simple brain to handle.
*haha. i’m so not funny.
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.
I can’t believe that this trilogy is over. I can’t believe that I stuck with it for three years. I WAS SUCH A SMALL BEAN WHEN I READ CARAVAL WOW. I barely read YA and had no idea an entire book community existed*. My reading tastes have drastically changed since I’ve first read Caraval back in 2017. Honestly, if I reread it now, I’m pretty sure it would be a 3.5 star read for me. So when I’m talking about Finale, this is all very in tune to my tastes now. Hopefully that all made sense haha.
*i told you i was a small, oblivious bean
Jacks is my most favorite thing about this book and probably the character I truly care about so go Jacks!
YES HE’S TERRIFYING. He’s villainous and selfish and doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Therefore, he’s my favorite. But really, his character is one of the most fascinating parts about this book! There’s so much depth, and mystery to his actions. I just love him a lot okay. Even if he is ever so slightly problematic. Liking almost-villains is so complicated.
✨ I absolutely adore the magic system Stephanie Garber created! I do wish we could have explored more of it but more on that later. The concept of the the Fates and the Deck of Destiny is so unique! We got to explore more magical places such as a mystical library (although I wish we could have spent more there because LIBRARIES) and I was living for it.
✨ I will say that even when I first read Caraval, I was not particularly attached to the characters or the romance. I still don’t care much about anyone but Jacks. However, I found myself growing to at least tolerate everyone, and by the end they were all…somewhat likable. Somewhat.
✨ And the writing was pure magic and perfection as usual what are you talking about.
❄️ ROMANCE GALORE. Go ahead, kiss away, no one cares that the world is ending! No one will ever recognize the logic that Rocket Raccoon brought up: you should want to save the world because you’re one of the idiots who live in it. But no, let’s just focus on our relationships! Scarlett espically was done so dirty, because she had the dumb idea to suddenly set up a “competetion” between Julian (clearly endgame) and Nicholas (a man she’s never met before) to win her love.
what on earth woman.
❄️ Her chapters were less than Tella’s, and a lot more useless. Towards the end of the book, she does more useless, plot device-y things than I could have ever dreamed of. Tella may have been far too swept away by Legend and romance but at least she got stuff done.
❄️ I’m also rather disappointed by how little the Decks of Destiny played into the plot? There’s a list at the back showing the different Fates, Fated Objects, and Fated Places. Yet we only see maybe half of them? For example, we don’t ever see The Blank Card or visit The Imaginarium. I still don’t even know what those do. But The Imaginarium sounds so cool and I KNOW NOTHING. WHY WOULD YOU TEMPT ME LIKE THIS?!
❄️ I also really missed the whole Caraval aspect. I loved reading descriptions of all the new wonders each night, and the feelings of mystery that went along with it. Maybe I just like magical competitions too much.
❄️ My last complaint is actually that I don’t think two plot threads were wrapped up properly. In general, Garber did an excellent job of finishing out the series but these two were left really loose.
❄️ This next paragraph will be slightly spoiler-y! I won’t go into detail but there are slight spoilers!
Jacks’s fate was never resolved and I’m an angry ball of SADNESS. He can’t just poof! He needs closure! I need closure! THIS ISN’T FAIR. Also…there’s a certain debt Tella owes that is super life-threatening! And it’s never actually clarified whether or not it was paid. I can’t sit here and wonder about these things for the rest of my life, you know.
And that’s about it! I’m thinking on maybe doing a series review but I’m not sure yet. This was super hard to do because so many spoilers haha. You can order this on Amazon or add it to Goodreads! Tell me: have you read this series?