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Finale

A Caraval Novel, Book 3
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Series: Caraval, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Rebecca Soler returns for the final installment in the Caraval trilogy... The magic, the fear, the betrayal, and especially the heartbreak are all magnified by her skillful narration. An intense listen that is hard to pause." —AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final audiobook in Stephanie Garber’s number one New York Times best-selling Caraval series!

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....

©2019 Stephanie Garber (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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The Story just died...

I loved the first and second book, but this one built up so much, then just ended. It was a rushed ending/explanation and I felt cheated. I appreciate that she didn't stretch it out into another book just for the sake of it, but it was like she did the opposite. She shoved everything into this book with a rushed ending, and these characters deserved so much more!

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Felt so unfinished for it being the series end!!!!

I was so excited for this final book, the first two books in the Caraval series we're so entertaining with their magical plots & all the twists and turns in the books, that I have read them multiple times while waiting for the next book to be released. When Finale was finally released I couldn't wait to see how the series that I had fallen so in love with would end! But unfortunately I'm just disappointed mostly in the ending, but I don't want to ruin the book for anyone so if you don't want any spoilers stop reading now because ....SPOILER ALERT.... im left with so many questions was paradise the lost truly elantine's lost heir? Who will tella have a child with? What of the deal she made in the vanished market? And how could the series be over??? I'm SO DISAPPOINTED that it is over leaving so many things unanswered!

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Disappointed overall

Okay wow. I don’t really know how to begin this one. I feel.. so disappointed. I have waited such a long time to read the last book in the Caraval series and I feel utterly let down by this conclusion.

Even from the beginning this book felt different. I became accustomed to the magical and whimsical journey of Caraval and Legendary, and Finale just didn’t have it. I felt no magic in this story. I felt almost nothing towards this book in general. I didn’t feel swept away by the games, probably because THERE WAS NO GAME. I swear, the majority of this book was just Scarlett and Donatella running around with their respective love triangles and I actually loathed it. I usually love a good love triangle, but these just didn’t do it for me.

I just.. can’t. The more I think about how let down I was by this book the angrier I get. I bought THREE different and expensive editions of this and like, I barely want them now. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so negatively towards a series finale (aside from The End, good god what a train wreck). Anyways, back to my extra salty review.

I think the main reason I am upset about this is because this story didn’t follow the first two books. In Caraval and Legendary, Scarlett and Donatella are thrown into the games of Caraval to try and win the ultimate prize. But we didn’t have that in this book. The first two books felt so magical BECAUSE of the games. I loved watching the story unfold and the games with it, I loved the twists and turns and not knowing what to expect from Legend and his troop. So without the games in this book what do we have? Two love triangles and lot of information thrown at us that SUDDENLY matters? Most of this book was comprised of Scarlett and Donatella fighting The Fates. And while I thought The Fates were cool and I loved learning about the different Fates and Fated objects, it felt so rushed and a sudden plot point. Yes, I understand the Fates were freed at the end of Legendary but like, I didn’t think they would become the main focal point of the story. More like a side effect they have to deal with.

Things were changed in this story too that bothered me. Again, SPOILERS GUYS. Suddenly Scarlett is the daughter of The Fallen Star?? Like, why?? Now she has these magical abilities and can control peoples emotions and it just didn’t make sense to me why this was even a thing. Also we weirdly have The Assassin who can apparently travel through time and space and at one point takes Scarlett back in time to steal a dress from her mother (this is before she’s even born) but because we’re dealing with time travel and you’re not supposed to interact with anyone or change anything, of course Scarlett manages to do both. Yet somehow this has no consequence on future events. Scarlett and her mother Paradise literally have a CONVERSATION about Scarlett being her FUTURE daughter and Scarlett spills all the beans about what happens to Paradise. I JUST CAN’T.

Maybe I’m rambling at this point and should just stop. I’m going to be honest, my feelings toward this book are absolutely baffling to me. I usually LOVE the hyped books, and I rated the previous two books so highly. I’ve read through a lot of Goodreads reviews of this one and while there are a couple that are as salty about it as me, most are favorable or give it a million stars. If I haven’t turned you off from reading this I hope you enjoy it more than I did. I’m wavering on what my rating for this book will be, even now. I guess I’ll give it a 2.5 stars, rounded to 3 because Goodreads hates readers and doesn’t allow cool things like that.

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Perfect Ending

Honestly, all books should just end like this in my opinion. It's sad to see one of my favorite series ending but so glad it didnt drag on like most of the other series have or it might have lost my interest. Just like book 1 and 2, book 3 had the perfect amount of on the edge of your seats excitement. I've always been interested in magic and tarot cards so this book has definitely peeked my interest. it's a must read.

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A rushed ending

It felt like the author was trying to juggle too many ideas. New plot points were introduced but didn't have the time to be flushed out, a bit of a let down.

Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job as always

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Glad it was finally over

I really struggled with this one. On the one hand, I wanted to read it to find out the details, but on the other it just drug on and on. Parts of it were confusing and hard to follow. It's definitely YA and this particular installment in the series felt more juvenile than the others. I really continued to dislike the mixing and blending of the male characters that was very confusion and I still really dislike Tella. I liked how Scarlet's story line was concluded and resolved. The narration was good on Audible, too.

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5 Stars for Finale!

Finale is the perfect ending for the Caraval series. I loved this book!

Finale picks up from the second book, Legendary, which you must read to understand this series. Because of this, my review will be spoiler free. I delayed reading Finale because I didn’t want to see this series end, but I gave in because I missed being a part of this world. Finale did not disappoint in giving the closure fans needed and the adventure, romance and passion the fans love. I especially loved witnessing all the characters mature and find their true destiny. For a YA series it’s important for me to connect with the characters but to also see them grow. I loved the characters independence and the strengthening of their relationships. Scarlett and Tella were up against some difficult challenges but they faced them with bravery, cleverness and determination to save the people they loved.

I met the author Stephanie Garber in May during her Finale tour and she is a pleasure to talk to. In person you can see how passionate she is about this series and it is also evident in her writing. All the books are magical. Ms. Garber has taken the time to create characters readers can connect with and a world that is both dark and beautiful. I loved her creativity, as seen with the Fates. More details of the Fates were revealed in Finale but I want more! I hope the author creates a spinoff to showcase characters of the Deck of Destiny.

Rebecca Soler is the narrator for the audiobook and as usual I loved her performance. She always brings the characters to life by portraying them with unique voices and the passion of the characters. The excellent narration and flawless writing made Finale an exciting and enjoyable read.

The Caraval series is magical and a great escape from the ordinary. I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy and I look forward to the next adventure Stephanie Garber takes us on next.

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magnificent

i really loved the whole series of caraval. brings back imagination. i loved the descriptions of feelings. makes me wish i could do the same. thank you

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Outstanding finale and narration

This book was an outstanding finale to the series. I've come to expect great things from Stephanie Garber's Caraval series, and from the audiobook versions of them, and this did not disappoint. There is plenty of heartache and romance and magic and darkness and plot twists and more magic. I love it. Can't wait to see what Stephanie Garber writes next. The narration was, as usual, excellent

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Great Concept

The story it self was very interesting and it would make a great movie. It's a book you won't be able to put down. Very original. You can tell a lot of thought was put into it. Also, the ending was satisfying.

The writing however was a bit dramatic and long winded. I was glad to hear it on audible so I could forward through the parts that just wouldn't let go. But...I will say, you will have no problem imagining everything which was quite nice.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you like fantasy, love and adventure.

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